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Best Foods for Concentration and Focus

mindset Nov 04, 2020

Our gut is said to be our second brain.  What we eat can help or harm our bodies by impacting our brain health, as well as our immune, respiratory, blood, digestive, and neurological systems.  By incorporating a few particular foods into your diet regularly, you can benefit from improved cognition, memory, and concentration.  Imagine your performance on the job if you start to do this!  Below, we highlight a few of these healthy brain foods.

Nuts, Seeds, and Healthy Oils

Nuts, seeds, and healthy oils are rich in Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), which are critical for brain health, especially for focus and concentration.  EFAs are comprised of three types of omega fatty acids, which can be found in things like flaxseed, walnuts, almonds, and chia seeds.  Many people point to fish oil supplements to boost your focus.  However, if you’re vegan, sacha inchi oil is a fantastic alternative.  It contains omegas 3, 6, and 9, and is a delightful addition to salads.

Blueberries

Studies have shown that blueberries have an extraordinary impact on mental functioning.  Researchers found that the consumption of blueberry supplements improved concentration, memory retention, and overall brain function in patients suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.  Eat them raw, throw them in a smoothie, or add them to your yogurt, granola, or oatmeal.  Delicious!

Apples

If you’re running low on energy during your workday, it can slow your productivity.  Try eating an apple!  Our bodies convert these simple sugars to energy and release it slowly over several hours.  This fruit also has antioxidants, which are said to support brain health.  Additionally, they’re loaded with fiber, which is great for your digestion!

Broccoli

This jolly green vegetable is high in glucosinolates, which the human body turns into isothiocyanates.  These compounds are thought to reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.  Broccoli and many other cruciferous vegetables loaded with glucosinolates are also high in antioxidants, which have been linked to a boost in brain function.  Other vegetables with these characteristics include bok choy, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, and kale.

Soy

Soybeans are rich in polyphenols, a type of antioxidant.  As we’ve already discussed, antioxidants are great for brain health.  However, soy holds even more benefits.  Recent studies have linked soy consumption to improved cognition and a reduced risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  Whether you prefer edamame, tofu, tempeh, soy milk, or any other soy product, eating these items will do your brain a favor.