Posted by: birdie | 2009-03-06


I struggle to concentrate. Are there any foods or supplements that would help?

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Dear Birdie
It depends what is causing your lack of concentration? If you can't concentrate because you are suffering from stress, anxiety or depression or lack of sleep then you need to address these causes. A well balanced diet with a short period of supplement use may help, but not if your concentration is being undermined by the factors I have listed. If you are stressed, anxious, depressed or sleep deprived, please consult a clinical psychologist to help you sort out these problems. A basic healthy diet should contain plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables (at least 5-7 portions a day), lean meat, fish (3-4 times a week) and eggs (4 per week), plus 3 cups of fat-free milk or yoghurt or cottage cheese a day, whole, unsifted grains and cereals (3-4 servings), legumes (cooked or canned dry beans, peas or lentils or soya) as often as possible, and poly- or monounsaturated oils or margarine (olive oil, tub marg, etc) (3 tablespoons a day) to provide all the nutrients the body requires for good health. Take a complete vitamin or mineral supplement such as Centrum or Supradyn Forte for a month in addition to the balanced diet and make sure that you get enough sleep. If you find that your concentration is still a problem after a month, then you may need to have a medical examination to determine if there is an underlying physical cause.
Best regards

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