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3 Best Foods For Focus

Green Matcha drink in a glass with a green polkadot straw garnished with seeds and leaves next to half an avocado with the pit

If you find it hard to maintain your focus at times, try these foods to help you to stay sharp. 

Berries

Berries can help you focus longer. Fruits like blueberries and raspberries have important antioxidants called flavonoids. These flavonoid-containing berries have a big impact on your focus throughout the day.

A recent Nutrients study found drinking a mixed-berry smoothie allowed people to maintain focus for longer, especially when performing tasks that required concentration and attention. Consider starting your day with a berry smoothie to help sustain improved cognitive performance. 

Chocolate

Flavanol-rich chocolate and other foods can help you solve problems faster and improve overall brain function when you face difficult tasks. Flavanols – a subclass of flavonoids – are present in cocoa, the main component of chocolate.

study from November 2020 found eating flavanol-rich cocoa improves cognitive performance, especially when you need a lot of brain power. Cocoa can even regulate blood vessel activity in your brain to aid in cognitive function by improving brain oxygenation by 300 percent.

Other foods rich in flavanols include:

  • Kale
  • Tea
  • Peaches
  • Onions

Green Tea and Matcha

Green tea contains many components that can lead to better cognitive function. The caffeine in green tea not only helps to wake you up, it also helps you focus. Other compounds in green tea like L-theanine and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) can stabilize your mood, make you more resilient to stress, and improve cognitive performance.

Matcha, a type of green tea, has a higher absorption rate of the helpful chemicals in green tea, making you calmer and more alert after drinking a cup.

So instead of another cup of coffee when you’re feeling worn out, try grabbing a cup of green tea or matcha (hot or iced) for a focus boost.