4 Supplements That Can Majorly Improve Your Focus
In today’s world we’re continuously flooded with stimuli that interfere with our focus. Between emails, text messages, apps and to-do lists, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and distracted. Many of us end our days feeling deflated and overwhelmed, only to see commercials for energy drinks and pharmaceutical drugs aiming to convince us that the only solutions are unnatural and dangerous approaches. But there are all natural solutions that have proven very effective in clinical studies. Here are four all natural supplements to consider to help you improve your focus.
1. GABA: GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that is known to calm parts of the brain that can become overstimulated. Therapy with GABA is also considered, by some, to be an excellent alternative for children and adults with ADD and ADHD-like symptoms, as it naturally targets and calms the areas of the brain that become too receptive to outside distractions.
2. L-Theanine: In addition to being available in supplement form, this amino acid is naturally found in green tea. It has the unique ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, and studies indicate that it increases alertness and focus while having a calming effect in specific regions of the brain.
3. DMAE: As the precursor for both choline and acetylcholine, Dimethylaminoethanol, or DMAE, is closely associated with improved cognitive function, mood and concentration.
4. PABA: 4-aminobenzoic acid, commonly known as PABA, is a compound naturally found in foods such as liver, brewer’s yeast (and unfiltered beer) and whole grains. Oftentimes classified as a B vitamin (Vitamin Bx), PABA has been known to reduce fatigue and irritability while improving focus.
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Article updated on: September 17th, 2013