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5 Foods and Drinks That Will Improve Your Focus

by Amelia Johnson

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Do you badly want to improve your brainpower and focus? How often do you zone out but keep wishing it didn’t happen frequently? Well, when it comes to the effects of reduced brainpower and attention, you're not alone – at least all of us have been there once in our lifetime.

However, this does not mean that you should not be worried just because human brainpower and focus tend to weaken with age. Is there any remedy for this? While pharmaceutical medications might not achieve a significant outcome, there is hope in your diet!

How? Some foods and drinks have the potential to improve your brainpower and focus. These foods are natural, and they do not leave you with a groggy stupor after feeding on them.

Even though the list of such foods and drinks could be endless, I will share with you my five favorite foods and beverages to improve your memory, mental clarity, mood, and your ability to focus.


1. Vitamin E


vitamin e food

There are lots of foods rich in vitamin E. all you need is to add them to your diet to get its amazing brainpower effects. Almonds, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, avocado, sweet potatoes, and spinach should make a regular appearance in your meals.

But what is the relationship between vitamin E and improved brainpower and focus? Both ups and downs have characterized the journey of vitamin E and its medicinal uses. Initially, vitamin E was noted as a useful drug component for cardiovascular problems. However, it later became villainized and doctors banned its use because it was shifting medical attention from prescription and surgery drugs.

Nonetheless, recent research has justified the efficacy of this vitamin in improving memory. It works as an antioxidant which can treat memory loss and Alzheimer’s.

Vitamin E protects the neural linings around the nerves. With a vitamin E-rich diet, the nerves can stay intact by withstanding the oxidative stress effects. The vitamin achieves its antioxidant properties through gamma-tocopherol, its lesser popular form. Expert views further suggest that intake of adequate vitamin E before the infection potentially keeps Alzheimer’s disease at bay.

As a result, vitamin E contributes to better and longer information sustenance.

Tip: There is no specific recommended dosage since it varies depending on your individual health. In general, when you are fit, a 200IU dosage is enough and this figure increases to 500IU if you’re under stressful conditions.


2. Green Tea


green tea for memory

There are two reasons why I love green tea for memory improvement: One reason is that it carries L-theanine, and the other is it carries caffeine. It is the almost universal knowledge that caffeine is a potent energy booster. In fact, this is why caffeine is a common ingredient in brain supplements and energy drinks. But also, caffeine is helpful in retaining your focus while improving your alertness and productivity. A team of John Hopkins researchers holds that caffeine can improve retention for up to 24 hours.

What about L-theanine? What is it? Well, L-theanine is an ingredient that has been associated with an increment on the alpha-wave activity. This activity is responsible for higher tranquility as well as slow caffeine release. Such slow release ensures that all caffeine is not availed all at once which could trigger a crash. When combined (as in green tea), L-theanine and caffeine can help you focus your attention better and improve your accuracy and speed.

It should be a no-brainer introducing green tea to your diet for better focus, memory, and attention.

Tip: Be careful when dealing with caffeine if you have experienced significant symptoms related to anxiety. For those with higher vulnerability to stress, this is not recommended.


3. Flax Seeds


flax seeds brain

Photo credit: Marco Verch

Sure, it sounds obvious that seeds and nuts are vital for good brainpower and focus, but how well do you know that flax seeds can have significant short and long-term brainpower effects? Well, flax seeds get their cognitive enhancing properties from their omega-3 fatty acid content.

This ingredient is associated with the increment of the brain size, but there are lesser known effects of omega-3 fatty acids including higher neural transfer speed and improved memory.

To affirm this, research indicates omega-3 contents are highest in baby diets, and that kids with omega-3 fatty acid-rich foods exhibit the least attention and concentration-related problems at school.

In the early years, kids accumulate omega-3 fatty acids in their brains. As they grow, the levels of this ingredient play a critical role in determining the progress and rate of memory loss and neural degradation.

Tip: Omega-3 fatty acid supplements work effectively when taken in moderate quantities.


4. Blueberry Smoothie


blueberry smoothie

Sipping on a glass of blueberry smoothie is an excellent way of keeping yourself from flagging throughout the day. Blueberries are regarded as a super-food which can boost your memory and concentration for up to five hours.

Indeed, a recent study has indicated that children at school can eat blueberries before sitting for a test to experience the short-term benefits of improved brain function. Intake of blueberries smoothie enhances accuracy and speed by 10%.

Blueberries are rich in flavonoids, and they are associated with potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant characteristics. These antioxidants are responsible for increased oxygen and blood flow to the brain. The antioxidants also boost the freshness of your mind.

Expert views from the Reading University also suggest that blueberries contain essential flavonoids which help in the activation of Enos, an enzyme which is known to trigger oxygen and blood flow to the brain.

Drinking your blueberry smoothie means that your body receives a cocktail of tannins, resveratrol, proanthocyanidins, and anthocyanins. These compounds boost your focus and may even prevent dementia.

Tip: Prepare a blueberry smoothie for your breakfast, and start the day with a boost to the brain to prevent it from becoming exhausted to boost your concentration.


5. Coconut Oil


coconut oil for the brain

What would you do with a razor-sharp, unwavering memory, concentration, and focus? What if I told you coconut oil could boost and encourage such brainpower?

Coconut oil, as a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient, enhances your brainpower and minimizes memory loss by suppressing any cell that triggers brain inflammation as you age.

Alzheimer’s patients have shown dramatic memory improvement when given oil rich in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).

Since coconut oil is a high-fat diet considering its high MCT content, it can potentially serve as a brain anti-aging agent. The MCTs have also been shown to improve memory loss and memory disorders. Also, coconut oil has the effect of losing weight.

Tip: If you do not like liquid coconut oil, coconut oil in capsules could do the trick.


Last thoughts


Your diet plays an essential role in supporting your brain function. For top performance and the desired attention and focus, remember to include brain foods and drinks in your everyday menu. If you are uncertain about which foods to buy, just visit this page so that you’re reminded of the top ingredients for top brainpower and focus.

Want to give your brain a boost? Get a general detox and start a new healthier life!

Amelia is a guest blogger from stayhealthyways.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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