10 Foods For Better Focus!

Yoga David Archuleta

Image credit to R4D; of David Archuleta~~Yoga needs focus.

The fastest and healthiest way to a sharper mind comes down to consuming the right nutrients.  These foods will literally change the way you think! 🙂

Chocolate

Cocoa beverage every day containing either low, medium or high amounts of flavonol, the antioxidants that naturally occur in cocoa.  A square or two of rich, dark chocolate is all you need.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower contains choline, a nutrient in the B vitamin family that the body converts to citicoline, a natural anti-aging compound.   A supplement made from citicoline can increase energy and electrical activity in the area of the brain that is responsible for decision-making and focusing.

Chili peppers

Hope you like it hot!  Discovered that the chemical changes that occur in the brain when you eat spicy food can improve learning and memory.

Sunflower seeds

They are packed with brain-boosting power(Power Foods for the Brain), the antioxidant vitamin E, which means they stop free radical attacks. Free radicals are responsible for many aspects of aging, one being the aging effects on the brain. Recommended eating one ounce (a small palm-full) of sunflower seeds per day.  As an ingredient in dishes like in a salad as opposed to a snack.

Sweet potatoes

The most healthful foods ever to pop out of the ground!   They contain the richest source of beta-carotene, which like vitamin E, is a radical-fighting antioxidant.  This veggie is also the dietary staple of Okinawa, the ‘Granddaddy of Longevity’.  Located at the southern tip of Japan, there are more people who live to 100 in this area — and in good cognitive health — than any other place on earth!

Cantaloupe

This sweet melon also contains beta-carotene, as well as vitamin C, which help brain cells from premature breakdown.

Rice bran

Are you hoping to learn a new computer program or memorize a speech? Then you may want to get some magnesium-rich rice bran.  In Beijing, China implies that an increase in magnesium may have the ability to enhance cognitive function in the brain.   Extra magnesium in the diet of rats, both young and old, showed an improvement in their learning and memory skills. The current recommended daily allowance for this mineral is 320 mg for an adult female, so a half a cup of rice bran (which would be around 450 mg of magnesium) should do it.

Beet juice

Sipping beet juice may increase blood flow to the brain and improve cognition.  It’s due to the high concentrations of nitrates found naturally in beets. Nitrates have the ability to send extra blood and oxygen to the white matter of the frontal lobes, which are associated with executive functioning.

Breakfast cereal

Not just any cereal — fortified breakfast cereal.  People who had vitamin B12 circulating in their blood had better memory function and better ability to pay attention.  When shopping on the cereal aisle in the grocery store, look for the words “vitamin B12” or “cobalamine” (the chemical name for B12) on the label.

Yogurt

Apparently good digestion and good brain function go hand-in-hand.  Who regularly consumed probiotics, otherwise known as the good bacteria found in yogurt, showed a boost in brain function, whether resting or responding to a task.  The shift in bacterial environment in the gut stimulates a signal that is sent to the brain, ultimately improving function in the cognitive areas of the pre-frontal cortex. Eating a yogurt a day has also been shown to have other health benefits, such as increasing the feelings of satiety and reducing the risk of yeast infections.

Credit : Amy Capetta

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