Brain Power - Foods that helps you concentrate By Viefit Sutra


What we eat including Chocolates, yes Chocolates have effect our body functions. Food also have great effect on our body, especially our grey cells.

In stress (Both physical and mental) our body releases a chemical called cytokines.

Cyokines prompt the immune system to fight back against the stress through inflammation, as though stress is an infection.

Listen to the buzz about foods and dietary supplements, and you'll believe they can do everything from sharpen focus to enhance memory, attention span, and brain function.

The good news is that you can improve your chances of maintaining a healthy brain if you add "smart" foods to your diet





Caffeine

Magic bullet like caffeine, can energize you and help you concentrate. Caffeine is found in coffee, chocolate, energy drinks, and some medications. It gives you that the wake-up buzz. Effect of caffeine can be short-term and large amount can make you uncomfortable.



Sugar

All body parts needs fuel to work and sugar is a preferred fuel for brain. Please note that it’s not the table sugar, but glucose, which our body processes from the carbohydrates we eat. A glass of juice or glucose can boost your short term memory.

Go easy on the added sugar, as it has been linked to heart disease and other conditions.



Beets

Although consider as intimidating food due to its shape and recipes but these root vegetables are some of the most nutritious plants you can eat.

It reduces inflammation and natural nitrates in beets actually boost blood flow to the brain, helping with mental performance. Plus, during tough workouts, beets actually help boost energy and performance levels.



Fatty Fish

Fatty fish contains omega-3 fatty acids which “aid memory, mental performance and behavioural function”. A protein source linked to a great brain boost is fish -- rich in omega-3 fatty acids that are key for brain health. These healthy fats have amazing brain power: A diet with higher levels of them has been linked to lower dementia and stroke risks and slower mental decline plus, they may play a vital role in enhancing memory, especially as we get older.

The main sources of fatty fish are “salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards and kipper”.



Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate (dark chocolate, not the sugary, milky kind) has powerful antioxidant properties, and it contains natural stimulants like caffeine, which can enhance focus.

First, it contains a small amount of caffeine, which increases mental alertness. Dark chocolate contains magnesium, which helps you de-stress, and it also stimulates the release of endorphins and serotonin, which make you feel good and heighten your mood. Dark chocolate in smaller doses can definitely boost your focus.



Nuts

Nuts and seeds are good sources of the antioxidant vitamin E, which has been linked in some studies to less cognitive decline as you age.

Nuts are great for your body in the long-term. They’re also rich with essential oils and amino acids that aid your focus.



Avocados

Every organ in the body depends on blood flow, especially the heart and brain. A diet high in whole grains and fruits like avocados can cut the risk of heart disease and lower bad cholesterol. This reduces your risk of plaque build-up and enhances blood flow, offering a simple, tasty way to fire up brain cells.



Blueberries

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 improved both the learning and muscle function of aging rats, making them mentally equal to much younger rats.



Flax seeds

Like a few of the foods listed already, flax seeds are high in magnesium, B-vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber, all of which aid with mental clarity, weight loss, and ultimately, focus.14 Flax is no doubt a super food. Just make sure you grind them after you buy them (so your body can digest them). Unlike the other items on this list, flax seeds can’t be eaten alone, but they’re great sprinkled on cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, salad, and more.



Green tea

Green tea helps you focus for two reasons: one, it contains caffeine, and two, it contains l’theanine. If you’re able to handle the caffeine content, introducing green tea into your diet is pretty much a no-brainer.



Leafy green vegetables

Leafy green vegetables are full of antioxidants and carotenoids, which boost your brain power, and help protect your brain.



Broccoli

Broccoli has high levels of vitamin K and choline, they help us in keeping our memory sharp.



Water

If you want to improve your focus, you need to drink enough water. Water “gives the brain the electrical energy for all brain functions, including thought and memory processes”, and it has been proven to help you “think faster, be more focused, and experience greater clarity and creativity”.



Eat Breakfast to Fuel Your Brain

Studies have found that eating breakfast may improve short-term memory and attention. Students who eat it tend to perform 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.



Turmeric

Turmeric, is a great spice and an ancient root that’s been used for its healing properties throughout history. Thanks to curcumin, a chemical compound found in turmeric, the spice is actually one of the most powerful (and natural) anti-inflammatory agents.



Benefits of a Healthy Diet

It may sound trite but it's true: If your diet lacks essential nutrients, it can hurt your ability to concentrate. Eating too much or too little can also interfere with your focus. A heavy meal may make you feel tired, while too few calories can result in distracting hunger pangs.



Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements?

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.



Some researchers are cautiously optimistic about ginseng, ginkgo, and vitamin, mineral, and herb combinations and their impact on the brain, but more proof is still needed.



Check with your doctor.



Get Ready for a Big Day

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 offer this advice:



Get a good night's sleep.

Stay hydrated.

Exercise to help sharpen thinking.

Meditate to clear thinking and relax.

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