Top Brain Foods To Improve Concentration & Memory
Another busy day at the office and you worked through lunch – again. You’re starting to fade and the morning coffee has lost its buzz.
Are there any healthy foods or snacks that can help you shake off this sluggishness and improve your alertness and concentration?
Yes, there are healthy foods that can improve your concentration and increase energy levels and alertness. Try adding these foods to your diet:
Choose foods high in omega-3 fatty acids like fish, snack on a handful of flax seeds or walnuts or add a few slices of avocado to your sandwich or salad.
These foods are great for improving your concentration and cognitive function as they improve the brain’s ability to think and process.
These omega-3 fatty acids are also anti-inflammatory and reduce tissue swelling and help brain function and are being used more frequently to treat depression and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Look for foods high in antioxidants such as fruits, berries and tomatoes. They are shown to increase blood flow to the brain, which will supply the brain cells with more oxygen and are also anti-inflammatory and help the brain function optimally.
The antioxidants in these foods protect the brain from oxidative stress while decreasing the effects of age-related conditions including dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Blueberries have been found to improve learning capacity and motor skills in addition to delaying memory decline. Grab some fruit when you’re on the go, and add some berries to a serving of oatmeal or a cup of greek yogurt.
Ripe bananas, those with brown spots on the skin, are high in dopamine – a brain chemical shown to increase motivation and concentration.
The banana is always a good portable snack, carry one in your purse or briefcase and you’ll have an easy snack available to give the brain an extra boost.
Bananas also prevent depression thanks to a high level of tryptophan which your body uses to produce serotonin, a mood enhancing neurotransmitter.
Choose foods high in vitamins B6 and B12 like lean meats, dairy and eggs which improve cognitive functioning of the brain and also help prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Eggs are rich in protein, zinc, vitamins A, D and E and egg yolks contain lecithin and iron which are an important ‘brain food’ contributing to memory and concentration.
Don’t skip breakfast, eating breakfast may help with brain preservation. Repeated research has shown that skipping breakfast can cause strain on the brain.
Studies involving children show that those who eat a healthy breakfast have scored better on tests than those who skip it. However, you should avoid high-calorie breakfasts loaded with sugar and fat.
Eating these healthy foods combined with plenty of restful sleep, exercising daily and managing stress all help with your mental alertness, concentration and cognitive function.