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Foods for Better Focus, Mental Clarity and Improved Memory

Foods for Better Focus, Mental Clarity and Improved Memory

Feeling as Sharp as a Donut? Try These 10 Foods for Concentration

Amy Capetta

Chocolate

Researchers at the University of L’Aquila in Italy studied the results of 90 seniors who were dealing with mild cognitive impairment — difficulty with memory, thinking and judgment. For eight weeks the seniors drank a cocoa beverage every day containing either low, medium or high amounts of flavanols, the antioxidants that naturally occur in cocoa. The results: Those who consumed drinks with medium and high amounts of flavanols scored higher on tests that required attention and other mental skills compared to the subjects who drank the lowest levels of flavanols. But this isn’t a free pass to the candy aisle — experts say 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 study conducted at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, concluded that 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! Scientists at Brown University have discovered that the chemical changes that occur in the brain when you eat spicy food can improve learning and memory. Heat — as in temperature — can also be beneficial.

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