Several factors can affect mental clarity e on memory and concentration skills, but a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are certainly an excellent prevention strategy against mental fatigue.
Let's find out more about how to keep our brains healthy!
Factors affecting memory and concentration
I'm really many factors which can contribute to mental fatigue and worsening of memory and, in most cases, there is no single trigger, but several conditions which, on the whole, can result in a lower ability to memorize and concentrate.
What are the main causes:
- Insomnia / little rest.
- Anxiety and depression.
- Thyroid disorders.
- Nutritional deficiencies, such as vitamin B12, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium.
Foods that promote memory and mental clarity
keep our brains healthy, it is important to follow a varied and well balanced diet. In addition, there are some foods that can improve memory and concentration.
Let's see some of them:
- Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
- Nuts in shell, with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action.
- Dark chocolate, rich in flavonoids (antioxidants).
- Coffee, rich in antioxidants and with an excitatory action associated with caffeine.
- Green tea, powerful antioxidant.
- Blueberries, rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory molecules.
- Turmeric, with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action potencies.
- Pumpkin seeds, rich in antioxidants, zinc, magnesium, iron and copper.
Useful supplements for memory
In case of difficulty concentrating and reduced mental clarity and memory, it is always good to investigate in detail with the help of your doctor what are the potential causes, to act in a targeted manner.
In situations of intense study or work, intense intellectual activity and mental fatigue (difficulty concentrating), some supplements can be really helpful.
Gunabrain by Guna is a food supplement based on Selenium, Manganese, N-acetylcysteine and Coenzyme Q10 with plant extracts, able to provide specific nutritional benefits for the body in situations of physical and mental stress.
In fact, it is composed of:
- N-acetylcysteine (NAC), an amino acid precursor of glutathione, one of the most important antioxidants in our body.
- Selenium e manganese, which contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
- Green tea leaf extract which acts as a tonic, useful in cases of physical and mental fatigue and also has an antioxidant action.
- Withania somnifera, Indian plant with a tonic-adaptogen effect, useful in cases of physical and mental fatigue.
Furthermore, Gunabrain is gluten-free, therefore, also suitable in case of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.
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