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Can't concentrate? Try these delicious brain foods and beverages to help you be more productive today.
Struggling to concentrate can wreak havoc on your everyday life, causing you to be unproductive while working, studying, or completing chores. Luckily, adding delicious brain foods to your diet can help improve your ability to focus and concentrate.
This blog lists the top foods and beverages for boosting brain power. But here's a twist: I will be focusing on yummy eats and drinks! So, don't worry — this post will not tell you to load up on pumpkin seeds, nuts, broccoli, and fatty fish (though these are extremely good for boosting your brain and memory).
Brain Foods and Drinks You'll Actually Love
Here's what you should treat your taste buds and brain with:
Coffee lovers, rejoice! I've written so many articles about coffee because its health benefits are inarguable. Caffeine and antioxidants are the main components of coffee, both of which play a significant role in supporting brain health.
Specifically, drinking coffee benefits your brain in the following ways:
- Keeps you up and alert
- Improves your mood by boosting some of the brain's "feel-good" neurotransmitters
- Sharpens your concentration skills. A 2017 study concluded that drinking coffee caused short-term improvements in the participants' overall attention and alertness.
Just be mindful of coffee's negative effects, too. For example, too much caffeine can lead to an overdose. The recommended amount of caffeine is around 400 mg per day for healthy adults. If you have an anxiety disorder or any health condition that may react negatively to caffeine and similar stimulants, it is best to avoid this beverage altogether.
2. Dark Chocolate
Sinful and decadent dark chocolate is full of brain-enhancing compounds, including flavonoids, antioxidants, and a bit of caffeine, too.
Flavonoids in dark chocolate benefit the areas of the brain responsible for learning and memory. As a result, allowing yourself to enjoy the richness of dark chocolate a couple of times per week (or more depending on your general health), may enhance your concentration and memory, as well as slow down age-related cognitive decline. A number of studies, including ones published in 2016 and 2020, support the effects of cocoa powder on cognitive function in people.
Top your acai bowl with dark chocolate shavings, add cocoa powder to your smoothie, or enjoy dark chocolate as is for a tasty pick-me-upper.
Blueberries are a rich source of anthocyanin, which is a group of plant compounds that possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. These powerful antioxidants counter oxidative stress and inflammation, which, according to a recent analysis, may cause accelerated brain aging and neurodegenerative disorders.
In addition, a review of 11 studies reported that blueberries may improve memory and cognitive processes in children and seniors.
The Bottom Line
It's a good day to enjoy some blueberries covered in dark chocolate. Pair this sweet treat with a hot cup of coffee and you (and your brain) will be in brainpower heaven.