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The ultimate GMAT weapon [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2010, 13:15
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Drink blueberry juice everyday during your prep, according to this research article:
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The prevalence of dementia is increasing with expansion of the older adult population. In the absence of effective therapy, preventive approaches are essential to address this public health problem. Blueberries contain polyphenolic compounds, most prominently anthocyanins, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. In addition, anthocyanins have been associated with increased neuronal signaling in brain centers, mediating memory function as well as improved glucose disposal, benefits that would be expected to mitigate neurodegeneration. This study investigated the effects of daily consumption of wild blueberry juice in a sample of nine older adults with early memory changes. At 12 weeks, improved paired associate learning (p = 0.009) and word list recall (p = 0.04) were observed. In addition, there were trends suggesting reduced depressive symptoms (p = 0.08) and lower glucose levels (p = 0.10). We also compared the memory performances of the blueberry subjects with a demographically matched sample who consumed a berry placebo beverage in a companion trial of identical design and observed comparable results for paired associate learning. The findings of this preliminary study suggest that moderate-term blueberry supplementation can confer neurocognitive benefit and establish a basis for more comprehensive human trials to study preventive potential and neuronal mechanisms.


The gmat really does make me feel old sometime when I can't remember a rule or concept I studied 3 days ago, so may be this is the ultimate solution..... :roll:
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Re: The ultimate GMAT weapon [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2010, 15:59
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I have known a person who took "thinking pills" to study.
Don't remember what they were, but were supposed to stimulate your brain activity, etc. True story - he gave me the name of the pills but it's been years. Supposedly it helped, but he could not sleep very well and became paranoid (while he was taking the meds). It went away after he stopped. He still got the same score with the pills that he got a few months prior without.

P.S. And yes, there is a discussion somewhere on GMAT Club about taking meds for gmat performance - comes up from time to time.
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Re: The ultimate GMAT weapon [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2010, 20:48
Interesting post. I'll be going to the store tomorrow to get some blueberry juice.
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Re: The ultimate GMAT weapon [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2010, 14:32
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I have known a person who took "thinking pills" to study.
Don't remember what they were, but were supposed to stimulate your brain activity, etc.


Ritalin? I know a few guys used it in college to help focus for finals (and snorted it on the weekends for fun).
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Re: The ultimate GMAT weapon [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2010, 14:54
completely by accident, but the day of my gmat i ate an ungodly amount of lima beans. from what i remember as a kid, lima beans = brain food. so eat up during your GMAT study course, and especially the day of your test
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Re: The ultimate GMAT weapon [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2010, 13:21
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I have known a person who took "thinking pills" to study.
Don't remember what they were, but were supposed to stimulate your brain activity, etc. True story - he gave me the name of the pills but it's been years. Supposedly it helped, but he could not sleep very well and became paranoid (while he was taking the meds). It went away after he stopped. He still got the same score with the pills that he got a few months prior without.

P.S. And yes, there is a discussion somewhere on GMAT Club about taking meds for gmat performance - comes up from time to time.


It could have been ritalin or adderall, but honestly I don't think they would be very useful for the GMAT.

I've taken piracetam for quite a while and I think it helps my memory.

I've also taken ephedrine recently (unrelated to studying) and it really seems to help me concentrate (especially on boring RC questions).
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Re: The ultimate GMAT weapon [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2010, 18:51
I say we all better stick to the blueberry juice ;-)
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Fish oil is also known to improve mental faculties. Take them in capsules though.
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Re: The ultimate GMAT weapon [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2010, 13:42
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Fish oil is also known to improve mental faculties. Take them in capsules though.


Barring the cognitive effects, everyone should be taking a fish oil supplement for the myriad of health benefits.
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Re: The ultimate GMAT weapon [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2010, 23:50
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Exellon wrote:
Fish oil is also known to improve mental faculties. Take them in capsules though.


Barring the cognitive effects, everyone should be taking a fish oil supplement for the myriad of health benefits.


omega-3 fatty acids are quite beneficial. you can't get the same kind from flax seed oil.
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Re: The ultimate GMAT weapon [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2010, 11:58
haahh....

Almonds are also v helpful...
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I always thought the key to standardized tests was a twix bar... take it in the middle of the test, during break time. Keeps you awake and aware through the rest of the exam.
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