There are natural ways to increase focus and cognitive performance. The following nutrients and botanicals have shown promise in scientific research in key areas of neurological health:
- Green coffee bean and green tea. Both provide natural sources of caffeine for a more balanced "lift," as well as L-theanine. Caffeine enhances alertness, memory, and mood by acting as an antagonist on adenosine receptors that facilitate sleep. Theanine is suggested by preclinical research to promote a sense of "awake calm" by influencing both stimulating and calming neurotransmitters. Caffeine and theanine used in combination have been suggested by preliminary research to enhance attention, alertness, focus, and cognitive performance better than caffeine alone.
- Guarana seed. Another natural source of caffeine recommended in traditional medicine practices to support cognitive performance.
- Omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. Maintaining a proper ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats is important for maintaining neuronal plasticity (the brain's ability to adapt and maintain important nerve cell connections throughout life); unhealthy ratios have been linked to attention deficit disorders.
- Zinc. An insufficiency of this essential "calming" mineral is often suggested in cases of focus deficit and anxiety because it influences the production of several neurotransmitters that affect learning ability and mood.
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