Brain Foods for Better Concentration

Some foods are not only good for our body, but good for our minds as well.

If you are having trouble focusing lately, here are some foods that can give your concentration a boost:

Caffeine

Caffeine can energize you and help you concentrate. Caffeine is found in coffee, chocolates, energy drinks, and some medications. If provides that wake-up buzz that you need when your feeling rather droopy – though the effects are last only a few minutes or hours. However, you must remember to take caffeine in moderation. Consuming too much can make you nervous, and uncomfortable.

Sugar

The brain uses sugar – or more specifically, glucose – as fuel. Glucose is metabolized by the body from the sugars and carbs that you consume.

A glass of a sweet nutritious drink can improve your memory, thinking process, and mental ability. Go easy on the sugar however. Too much can impair your memory, and cause weight gain.

Fish

Fish are rich in omega 3 fatty acids which are necessary for brain function and development. Omega 3 fatty acids may reduce your risks of dementia and stroke, stall mental decline, and enhance memory as we get older. Eat two servings of fish every week for a healthier brain and heart.

Nuts and Chocolate

Nuts and seeds are rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant which is associated with slower cognitive decline as you age.

Dark chocolate also has potent antioxidant properties. Plus, it contains natural stimulants like caffeine which boosts concentration.

An ounce of nuts and chocolate a day is enough to provide all the benefits – satisfy your cravings – without the extra fat, calories, or sugar.

Avocados and whole grains

Eating avocados and whole grains lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and enhance blood flow. And since the brain, like all other organs of the body, is dependent on blood flow, eating avocados and whole grains is a nutritious and delicious way to make your brain cells come to life.

Whole grains are also rich in fiber which is good for digestion; while avocado has "good" monounsaturated fat which lowers cholesterol levels, and adds to the healthy blood flow.

Blueberries

Animal studies show that blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s or dementia. Studies also show that a diet rich in blueberries considerably improved both the learning capacity and motor skills of aging rats – making them mentally comparable to younger rats.

Source: WebMD