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List of brain food

Making a list of simple brain foods that can be included in the daily diet for focus - specially for kids

Sunflower Power: How Sunflower Seeds Help Protect Brain Cells

Foods that Help You Focus:Sunflower Seeds Written by Sofia Layarda, MPH, RD of HealthCastle.com Published in September 2009 (HealthCastle.com) Lovers of sunflower seeds, rejoice! These seeds are extremely high in Vitamin E, the main fat-soluble antioxidant. How does Vitamin E help protect the brain?

The Little Surprise in Eggs and How it Can Help You Focus

Foods that Help You Focus: Eggs Written by Sofia Layarda, MPH, RD of HealthCastle.com Published in September 2009 (HealthCastle.com) In the never-ending quest for the next groundbreaking superfood, it is easy to overlook the potential that lies within an egg. Past media attention to eggs has not always been positive, especially regarding their cholesterol content.

Quinoa: Help Your Focus with this Little Grain that Packs a Powerful Punch

(HealthCastle.com) Although it's often referred to as a grain, quinoa is actually more closely related to vegetables like spinach, beets, or Swiss chard than cereal crops like wheat or rice. It is native to South America, where it has been cultivated in the Andes since ancient times.

Get Fishy and Get Focused

Foods that Help You Focus: Fish Written by Sofia Layarda, MPH, RD of HealthCastle.com Published in September 2009 (HealthCastle.com) Fish and fish oils are sources of various omega-3 fatty acids, which play crucial roles in maintaining the health of the cardiovascular and nervous systems. While there are some plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids (such as flax), it is the omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish that play an integral part in the functioning of the nervous system.

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Spinach

Spinach

1 cup of spinach contains about 38 percent of the daily requirement of magnesium. Children with ADHD may suffer from magnesium deficiencies, which can contribute to confusion, impaired focus and decreased attention span, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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Oranges

Oranges

A medium orange contains about 116 percent of the daily requirement of vitamin C, according to the World's Healthiest Foods website. Although vitamin C is best known for its ability to ward off colds and other illnesses, this vitamin also has anti-stress properties, notes Balch. Decreased stress may help improve your child's ability to focus on chores, schoolwork and social activities

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Whole grains

Whole grains

Substituting whole grain breads and pastas for products made from white flour may improve your child's ability to focus, according to Balch. White flour is a simple carbohydrate that is quickly converted into glucose, which leads to energy spikes followed by lethargy and poor mental performance. Whole grains are converted into glucose at a much slower rate, providing your child with consistent energy for studying and attending to other tasks.

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Brown rice

Brown rice
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Oats

Oats
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Soy beans

Soy beans
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Legumes

Legumes
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Flax seeds

Flax seeds