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Today, people take supplements to help with everything from weight loss to high blood pressure. But can some supplements be helpful to those who have trouble concentrating?
The best supplements for increasing concentration are quality children's multivitamins and omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish and flaxseed oils. DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that is acknowledged as food for the brain, and some evidence shows it's beneficial for people with ADHD. Because omega-3 fatty acids are known for their brain-boosting power, they're believed to improve learning and memory. Children who have trouble concentrating at school may be good candidates for omega-3s: In some studies, children who took omega-3 fatty acid supplements scored higher on learning and memory tests, did better in school and had fewer behavioral problems than their peers [source: ScienceDaily]. The supplements may also be helpful for adults who find their minds wandering at work.
There are also certain foods you can try that might help with concentration. Eating a balanced diet of whole grains, fruits and vegetables will lead to better health, which in turn leads to better brain function and concentration. Foods high in vitamin C, like citrus fruits, and those high in beta-carotene, like carrots and spinach, are good ones to try, as well as fish for its omega-3s. Caffeine also helps some people concentrate, but the effects are short term. In the end, doctors agree that evidence is inconclusive as to what actually helps with concentration [source: WebMD].
While supplements are available in grocery, drug and health food stores, it's always a good idea to check with your own or your child's pediatrician before introducing any new vitamin, supplement or medication.
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