Choosing the right foods can actually help boost your concentration levels whether you are working or studying! So, what should you really be stocking up on?
Blueberries may be small, but don’t underestimate their superpowers! Blueberries are one of the best snacks to help to improve your brain function and memory. They have been shown to improve cell signalling in the brain, and delay mental ageing. Blueberries actually enhance the neuroplasticity of the brain – berry cool huh? Try adding some to your breakfast, or in a smoothie, to start your day on the right foot.
Avocado on toast is nothing to be scoffed at. Avocados are another great food to help get the brain juices flowing. Yes, quite literally, avocados help to get blood flowing to the brain. They can also lower your blood pressure – which may come in handy after that phone call from your boss.
Monosaturated fats in avocados also help to protect nerve cells in the brain. Their high levels of vitamin E have also been linked to less cognitive decline in older age! Start smashing, we say.
Nuts are also a great source of monounsaturated fats. Walnuts have been touted as number one for brain health, while almonds and hazelnuts are great options too. They not only improve concentration and cognitive function, but have also been linked to the prevention of Alzheimer’s. Go nuts!
Spinach, leafy greens, and cruciferous vegetables (think broccoli and cauliflower) are other foods high in vitamin E. They’re a great food to add to your diet to help reduce memory loss and improve cognitive function. Popeye wasn’t lying - you’ll get to the finish, if you eat your spinach. Try replacing lettuce with fresh spinach, or get creative with cauliflower rice.
Yes! Finally, something that’s not green, I hear you say! Yes, dark chocolate – in moderation of course – can boost your concentration. Again, it helps improve blood flow to the brain, and reduces memory loss. It can also give you a caffeine boost, so the best time to enjoy dark chocolate is probably during your 3 o’clock slump.
Are you eating all these foods regularly? If not, you’re missing out! Try it for a week, and see if you notice a difference in your concentration levels.