Brain Foods That Can help you Focus and Concentrate

Published February 24, 2013 by teacher dahl

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1. Add “smart” foods and beverages to your diet.

ImageGinseng, Fish, Berries, or Caffeine? Listen to the buzz about foods and dietary supplements and you’ll believe they can do everything from sharpen focus and concentration, to enhance memory, attention span, and brain function.

 But do they really work? There’s no denying that as we age chronologically, our body ages right along with us. The good news is that you can increase your chances of maintaining a healthy brain — if you add “smart” foods and beverages to your diet.

2.Caffeine Can Make You More Alert

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There’s no magic bullet to boost IQ or make you smarter — but certain substances, like caffeine, can energize and help you focus and concentrate. Found in coffee, chocolate, energy drinks, and some medications, caffeine gives you that unmistakable wake-up buzz — though the effects are short term. And more is often less: Overdo it on caffeine and it can make you jittery and uncomfortable.

 

3. Sugar Can Enhance Alertness
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Sugar is your brain’s preferred fuel source — not table sugar, but glucose, which your body metabolizes from the sugars and carbohydrates you eat. That’s why a glass of something sweet to drink can offer a short-term boost to memory, thinking processes, and mental ability.

Consume too much, however, and memory can be impaired — along with the rest of you. Go easy on the sugar so it can enhance memory, without packing on the pounds.

4. Eat Breakfast to Fuel Your Brain
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Tempted to skip breakfast? Studies have found that eating breakfast may improve short-term memory and attention. Students who eat breakfast tend to perform significantly better than those who don’t. Foods at the top of researchers’ brain fuel list include high-fiber whole grains, dairy, and fruits. Just don’t overeat; researchers also found high-calorie breakfasts appear to hinder concentration.

5. Fish Really is Brain Food
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A protein source associated with a great brain boost is fish — rich in omega 3 fatty acids, essential for brain function and development. These healthy fats have amazing brain power: higher dietary omega 3 fatty acids are linked to lower dementia and stroke risks; slower mental decline; and may play a vital role in enhancing memory, especially as we get older.

For brain and heart health, eat two servings of fish weekly.

6. Add a Daily Dose of Nuts and Chocolate
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Nuts and seeds are good sources of the antioxidant vitamin E, which is associated with less cognitive decline as you age. Dark chocolate also has other powerful antioxidant properties. And it contains natural stimulants like caffeine, which can enhance focus and concentration.

Enjoy up to an ounce a day of nuts and dark chocolate to provide all the benefits you need without excess calories, fat, or sugar.

7. Add Avocados and Whole Grains
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Every organ in the body depends on blood flow, especially the heart and brain. Eating a diet high in whole grains and fruits like avocados can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower bad cholesterol. This reduces your risk of plaque buildup and enhances blood flow, offering a simple, tasty way to fire up brain cells.

Whole grains, like popcorn and whole wheat, also contribute dietary fiber and vitamin E. Though avocados have fat, it’s the good-for-you, monounsaturated fat that contributes to healthy blood flow.

8.Blueberries Are Super Nutritious
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Research in animals shows that blueberries may help protect the brain from the damage caused by free radicals and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Studies also show that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning and muscle function of aging rats, making them mentally equivalent to much younger rats.

9. Benefits of a Healthy Diet
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It may sound trite but it’s true: If your diet lacks essential nutrients, it can decrease your ability to concentrate. Eating too much or too little can also interfere with your ability to focus. A heavy meal may make you feel lethargic, while too few calories can result in distracting hunger pangs.

Benefit your brain: Strive for a well-balanced diet full of a wide variety of healthy, wholesome foods.

Benefit your brain: Strive for a well-balanced diet full of a wide variety of healthy, wholesome foods.

10.Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements?
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Store shelves groan with supplements claiming to boost health. Although many of the reports on the brain-boosting power of supplements like vitamins B, C, E, beta-carotene, and magnesium are promising, a supplement is only useful to people whose diets are lacking in that specific nutrient.

Researchers are cautiously optimistic about ginseng, ginkgo, and vitamin, mineral, and herb combinations and their impact on the brain.

Check with your doctor.

11. Get Ready for a Big Day
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Want to power up your ability to concentrate? Start with a meal of 100% fruit juice, a whole grain bagel with salmon, and a cup of coffee. In addition to eating a well-balanced meal, experts also advise:

  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Exercise to help sharpen thinking.
  • Meditate to clear thinking and relax.

40 comments on “Brain Foods That Can help you Focus and Concentrate

  • As a student, I need this tips how to concentrate and focus on my assignments ande specially exam,
    i will try all this.
    no.10

    vitamins,minerals and supplements is really help us to improve our mental or physical.
    Just eat good and healthy food.

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  • *Add “smart” foods and beverages to your diet

    I really do believe this because organic food has all the proteins and vitamins that you will need for the day. Actually, eating this food will not only help you today. If we continue to have a healthy lifestyle, we might live longer. These proteins and vitamins will keep our brain active to have focus and concentration in everything that we do. Having also a healthy body will prevent you from having diseases.

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  • I remembered the time when I took the entrance exam at New Era University last summer,I ate some chocolates because they say that it’s really helpful ,well,it is .Then,when I received a text message from the College of Engineering and technology department that says that I do passed in the entrance exam, I just say “Woah! Thanks Snickers and toblerone” :”) Hahaha. Kinda a bit funny 😛

    Well, this tips are really helpful. I’ll try this all 🙂

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  • I agree because as i read what is written in number 6 i remember when i was sleepy and eat chocolates then I’M WIDE AWAKE !!! and then suddenly realize chocolate has a CAFFEINE that makes you awake

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  • Mastering the nutrition basics comes down to understanding the food groups and becoming more aware of calories and the roles that specific nutrients play in a healthy diet.
    is probably best known for its ability to prevent or relieve constipation. But foods containing fiber can provide other health benefits as well, such as helping to maintain a healthy weight and lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease.
    Not only will you stand a lesser chance of getting constipated, but you also will reduce your chance of getting colorectal cancer, since your colon will be cleaned out effectively. Soluble fiber is great for appetite control. It has the effect of making you feel full, because it turns into a gel that sits in your stomach for a while when it comes into contact with water.

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  • sugar was great in terms of enhancing alertness and a good source of “hyperness” , it was really effective for me because every time I have to finish a huge of homeworks and projects , I always eat or drink something sweet, its a good help.

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  • no. 8
    wow blueberries may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia… from now i think i will try to eat blueberries..i will give it a try so that it will prevent me to have Alzheimer…”i hate Alzheimer’s disease”

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