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Eating to Aid Concentration

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blueberries-04We all know it’s healthier to eat three meals a day if possible, but college student schedules often mean skimping on at least one of those. Said skimping can sometimes lower our ability to concentrate, which makes a given set of tasks all the more challenging and time consuming, thereby increasing what original strain there was in the cycle to begin with. Fortunately, there are some foods out there that can help us along with our less than ideal eating schedule. If we try to sneak these foods into our diet, it’ll be a little easier to both maintain and participate in a busy day. The following three options include smart choices for a snack, a supplement, and a meal.

Blueberries

Blueberries are awesome. In addition to containing a host of health benefits, the flavonoids in them are widely thought to improve brain power, enhancing memory, reasoning skills, decision making (considering how many times I’ve switched my classes around at the last minute, I could really use some help here), verbal comprehension, and numerical ability.

Broccoli

Veggies are one food group that become easy to shun in college. Why? Because they’re not as easy as pizza. If you can manage some broccoli here and there, however, you’ll reap the benefits of its nutrients and high vitamin K content, a boost for brain power and cognitive function.

Fish

Fish can be more than just a healthy chicken and beef substitute. Most types of fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, which improve mental clarity and alertness. These omega-3s are considered healthy fats and have been linked to better memory and cognitive function.

Of course, there’s always coffee. But it’s important for us to find more substantial options to stay awake during the day. If you have any other go-to concentration foods, feel free to tell us about them below.

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  1. There is a growing body of research showing that what we eat and drink affects not only our bodies but also our brain. As we grow older, our brain ages along with us but we can raise our likelihood of maintaining a healthy, well-functioning brain by consuming brain-friendly food items. Below are several foods to buy the next time you go to the grocery store.

    Whole foods – They are beneficial to your brain because they don’t have a lot of preservatives and additives compared to processed foods. Whole grains also improve cardiovascular health, and when the brain has uninterrupted and sufficient blood flow, it is kept in great shape. Whole grains such as oatmeal and brown rice also contain high levels of Vitamin E, which keeps the nervous system healthy by safeguarding the myelin sheaths that surround nerves. Experts believe that taking in foods rich in vitamin E may prevent mental degeneration due to aging.

    Nuts and seeds – These food items are also loaded with Vitamin E. Nuts you can purchase in grocery stores tend to be packed with sodium, so opt for low-sodium, roasted varieties.

    Avocados – This fruit, while high in calories, also has healthy levels of monounsaturated fat, which contributes to better blood flow.

    Blueberries – Besides being moreish, they are also full of nutrients that fight off free radicals and signs of aging. Animal studies have long exhibited a strong link between eating of berries and brain function. Research done a few years ago on people demonstrated that regular intake of blueberries is linked to a slower decline in both memory and focus.

    Sardines and salmon – These fatty fish are popular brain foods. They contain good levels of omega-3 fatty acids, EFA, and DHA, all of which have been associated with reduced dementia risk, and enhanced focus and memory.

    Coffee and chocolate – Caffeine found in coffee and chocolates boost and sustain mental acuity. Chocolate is also full of flavonoids, a classification of antioxidants deemed to improve blood flow. Coffee is also loaded with antioxidants that can benefit the brain.

    Acetyl-L-carnitine – This is an amino acid that is naturally produced in the body. Some people may not have enough carnitine since their bodies cannot create enough or cannot transport it into tissues that require it. This substance helps in enhancing memory, relieving aging-linked depression, and slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Dietary sources of carnitine include red meat, specifically lamb, dairy products, avocados, peanuts, and fish. Alternatively, you may take supplements that contain acetyl-L-carnitine, for instance Procera AVH.

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