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OT- are there any supplements to help mental focus?

since many of you are savvy on supplements, i was wondering if there were any out there to help strengthen mental focus?

Wed. Aug 29, 2:38pm

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I believe ginko biloba is supposed to help with this.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 2:39 PM

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Drink a cup of coffee- instant focus.

Cheap, too.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 2:56 PM

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Omega 3 - found in fish oils

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 11:13 PM

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Yes Omega 3's....and do sudoku or cross word puzzles to keep what you have up and going. Also, move everyday....maybe not full blown exercise but get your blood flowing.

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 9:03 AM

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I second ginko it is very good and effective but has to be taken for a minimum of 3 to 4 weeks for it to be effective. Blueberries and tuna fish are supposed to be brain food. and like the previous poster said consistent exercise is very helpful as well.

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 9:34 AM

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what's the appeal of supplements versus vitamins and minerals from actual food? do you prefer the idea of taking drugs, albeit over-the-counter legal drugs, that may or may not be approved for the marketed prupose(s) and so are labelled 'supplements" ?? there is much to be gained from some food-science education. now that you are focussing on your health, it might do you well to invest in some reading material or borrow some from the library. once you become aware of how and why your body id reacting to certain nutrients, you can better manipulate your food plan to accomodate your own body's needs.

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 9:50 AM

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op here-

i actually don't take any supplements at all... i do get my nutirents from food, from a diet rich in fish and good fibers. i exercise every day and i'm training for a 1/2 marathon. why i'd like to try "supplements" for mental focus is because i'd like to do it naturally than talk to my dr. and him prescribe me something that could hijack other parts of my personality. since i'm already doing pretty much what everyone has suggested, i guess talking to my dr. is the only option. i've just started graduate school and it's requiring a type of critical thinking that i have not had to do before, focusing is almost impossible. i'm just looking for something to help me mentally stay on the task at hand. thanks for all your input.

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 9:35 PM

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Udo's oil "perfect blend" has omega 3 omega 6 and omega 9 in it, it not only helps with the mind it also helps internal organs and if you have dry skin or chap lips, this is what you need, they that by the time your skin becomes dry you are in serious need of the fatty acids

You can get it at the health food stores in the refridgerated section

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 9:47 PM

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Strengthen mental focus

You could use coffee, but a healthier replacement would be some sort of vitamin.


Monday, March 16, 2009, 6:49 PM

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For better focus, try to avoid multi-tasking when you can. Pay attention to your thoughts while you do simple chores.

Spend time alone in the sit quietly by a pretty window while you are drinking your morning coffee.

Our brains are a lot more "plastic" than previously thought. There is a lot in modern culture that gets in the way of focus. Practicing focus is essential to keeping it.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 5:51 AM

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op here-

wow, i just noticed this thread popping back up! thanks for the latest suggestions!

Thursday, March 19, 2009, 6:29 PM

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Yea there are a lot of individual things you can try like ginko or coq10 among others. However, there are some products that throw everything together for you in one supplement. Some are very effective, while some are not. An example of one such product would be Engage Nutrition Accelerate, or Focus Fast. Both good products but it's up to you to do the research and figure out what meets your needs! Hope this helps, Nick


Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 2:58 AM

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I totally agree with 5:51. I have noticed a change in ability to focus since I have started using the computer more. Neuroplasticity in modern culture is a huge factor.

Multitasking is a major culprit. Meditation may help.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 11:51 AM

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spam links have been removed are re-directed to PEERtrainer homepage.

This is an interesting discussion. I'd be curious as to what foods help with mental focus.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 12:11 PM

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supplement for mental focus

You might look into L-carnitine. I've been taking it for two months and really like its effect. Some brand s taste better than others. I buy mine at Vitamin Cottage.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010, 11:31 AM

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B Vitamins and or sleep?

Often we loose some mental ability when tired. eg stuck on sudoku before bedtime, next move quite obvious the next morning.

Concentrated B vitamins will probably help with this...they are water soluble and cannot be stored by the body. They last about 4 hours so not possible to overdose and no immediate toxic effects.

If I have to perform in the evening after working all day, I take a couple of "executive B ' about an hour before and it seems to work OK? Perhaps purely psychological, but have given it the Sudoku test several times as an experiment.

Probably sleep is the best answer to brain fatigue!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010, 6:06 PM

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I have been taking a supplement for a couple of months and it seems to be working so far. I feel like I can focus a little better and the brain for seems to be gone. The name of the supplement is Brainalin


Thursday, March 21, 2013, 1:48 AM

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Most of the research I've come across, or that is referenced, is Russian or German. I've read in several sources that one of the many benefits of Rhodiola is mental clarity/focus -- perfect for the academic crowd.

My husband is a 44 year old college professor, I give him the following morning combo: Multivitamin, Omega3, CoQ10, Rhodiola.

He noticed a positive difference when I added in the Rhodiola a couple months back.

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 9:20 AM

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