Looking to boost your concentration or attention? Maria Marlowe, integrative nutrition coach and author of The Real Food Grocery Guide, recommends six foods to improve your concentration.
Your favorite smoothie ingredient can work wonders for your brain. From enhancing memory to increasing blood flow while decreasing inflammation in the central nervous system, the antioxidants and flavonoids in these little blue superstars are the key to clearing mental fog. Marlowe suggests reaching for a cup of berries every day as a snack or to top off your yogurt.
Maybe it’s because they’re shaped like little brains…or maybe it’s that they contain ALA, an omega-3 fatty acid, plus a variety of antioxidants that work to increase focus and mental function. A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that regular consumption of walnuts may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, improve memory and reduce anxiety. Win-win-win.
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Dark Leafy Greens
This super-food group: spinach, kale, arugula, chard, collard greens is chock-full of vitamins and minerals are your ticket to better focus. Greens are the good source of Iron. In a study conducted by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, participants who consumed one to two cups of dark leafy greens a day over a five-year period had the cognitive ability of someone 11 years younger who consumed none.
Loaded with magnesium, zinc and other minerals that help build and repair brain cells, pepitas should be a year-round staple—insufficient zinc levels are tied to Alzheimer’s disease and brain degeneration, according to research from the University of California. Marlowe suggests consuming an ounce a day by adding them to salads or as a standalone snack.
In recent years this is widely popular, this green drink it’s just not a trendy thing but it helps improve your concentration. Thank You to the combination of caffeine and L-theanine—but it doesn’t typically cause jitters, like coffee. A study by Wageningen University in the Netherlands notes, the combo of the two ingredients has clear beneficial effects on sustained attention, memory and suppression of distraction.
Elixir of Life. Just hold on – before you roll your eyes: Dehydration can lead to sluggishness, headaches and negative overall effects on brain and body functions. Guzzling some good ol’ H2O can help you wake up and stay alerted during that dreaded afternoon slump. Drink eight glasses a day for tip-top performance.