The traditional cup of coffee to wake up during work hours or during other activities that require concentration can be a danger. If consumed excessively, coffee can be as dangerous to health as alcoholic beverages, saturated and trans fat, red meat, simple sugars (glucose and fructose) and refined carbohydrates, like sugar and white rice.
According to nutritionist Roseli Rossi, with everyday stress, these so-called free radicals that your body produces can elevate risk of aging, cancer, degenerative diseases and neurological problems.
Some foods, however, help avoid those damages and improve brain performance, increasing concentration and rational thinking.
Here’s a list of some of these foods:
Salmon, sardines and arenque.
These three fishes are good options for those who wish to gain more concentration ability, due to the omega-3. According to Roseli, omega-3 helps the nervous system, facilitating communication between neurons and improving brain health.
This spice can help focus in more complex activities, for it has a pigment called curcumine. “This is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant product which helps preventing neurological diseases while fighting free radicals caused by stress,” affirms the nutritionist.
The caffeine present in chocolate can be an ally in helping you concentrate, because chocolate “is a natural stimulator of the central nervous system, helping maintain the brain awake.”
Green tea, carrots, tomato, spinach
These four foods, acceding to Rossi, have flavonoids in their composition. The substance, also found on wine and soy, helps circulation and development of blood vessels, which facilitates cell irrigation. Besides flavonoids, green tea also has caffeine which, like chocolate, can help in concentration, if consumed in moderation.
Milk, eggs and fish
The B-complex vitamins present in milk, eggs and fish are important for a healthy brain. B-complex vitamins are essential for maintaining nervous transmissions and forming neurotransmissors.
Eggs -specifically the yolk- have coline, an essential nutrient for brain development. Its main function is to help in memory-related functions.
Vegetable oils and oily seeds.
Chestnuts and olive oil are examples of vegetable oils and oily seeds that can be useful in improving focus at work, study or other activities. They can do that because they have vitamin E in their composition. Without it, reflexes decrease and there is also a risk of having vision problems for people who don’t consume foods with that vitamin.
Seafoods, which are rich in zinc, can also help maintain concentration. The mineral salt that they have is important because it leaves the brain more awake and active.
(Taken from EXAME.com; translated by editor)