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3 Supplements + Tips to Improve Concentration

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Improving your concentration is crucial whether you’re studying, working, or tackling your daily tasks. Attention issues affect a significant portion of the population, with one in three young Dutch people dealing with concentration difficulties. In this article, we explore three mushroom supplements alongside three practical tips to boost your focus naturally and effectively.

Top 3 mushroom supplements to improve concentration

mushroom supplements to improve concentration

1. Lion’s Mane for improved concentration and memory

Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) is a mushroom used in traditional Asian medicine. In recent years, Lion’s Mane has become increasingly popular in the West as a supplement because of its potential benefits for the brain.

People use Lion’s Mane capsules for better concentration, memory, and mental clarity.

Research suggests that Lion’s Mane may have neuroprotective properties (1). This means that the mushroom helps to protect neurons. It may promote the growth of new nerve cells, contributing to healthy brain function and concentration.

2. Reishi to reduce stress and increase focus

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) has a long history in traditional Chinese medicine for its purported ability to reduce stress, support the immune system, and promote overall health.

For instance, research has shown that Reishi can reduce physiological responses of the body to stress, including increased heart rate and elevated levels of stress hormones such as cortisol (2). This is important as (chronic) stress significantly contributes to concentration issues.

On one hand, stress initially narrows your focus onto the source of stress itself, as your brain perceives it as a threat demanding resolution. However, when attempting to study or engage in tasks, this heightened focus on stressors can interfere with your ability to absorb information effectively.

Moreover, prolonged stress can induce fatigue and exhaustion, exacerbating cognitive challenges and impeding sustained attention.

3. Cordyceps to fight fatigue and lack of focus

Research has shown that Cordyceps can help delay the point of fatigue (3, 4). Therefore, Cordyceps mushrooms are often associated with improved energy and stamina, which can indirectly contribute to improved concentration by reducing fatigue and promoting alertness. Cordyceps may also have anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial for brain health.

Tips to improve your focus naturally

a student who wants to improve his concentration

Your lifestyle and diet play a huge role in your physical and mental health. Besides adding mushroom supplements to your diet, there are a lot of things you can do to naturally increase your concentration.

Ensure your meals include nutrient-rich options like omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and B vitamins, all of which promote improved focus.

  • Add fatty fish to your diet, such as salmon, mackerel, trout, and sardines, abundant in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Eat dark leafy greens like spinach and kale that boast antioxidants and other brain-boosting nutrients.
  • Include nuts like almonds and walnuts, alongside seeds such as flaxseed and chia seeds, for their omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and magnesium content.
  • Berries such as blueberries and strawberries provide antioxidants vital for optimal brain function.
  • Eggs are rich in choline, a nutrient pivotal for neurotransmitter production, crucial for concentration and memory.
  • Incorporate mushrooms like Lion’s Mane, renowned for bioactive compounds like hericenones and erinacins that enhance cognitive function.
  • Turmeric, with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, supports overall brain health.
  • Enjoy green tea, containing caffeine and antioxidants, fostering alertness and cognitive function sans coffee’s adverse effects.
  • Opt for whole grain cereals like oatmeal, quinoa, and whole grain bread, providing sustained energy release, bolstering alertness and concentration throughout the day.

2. Reduce stress with mindfulness or breathing exercises

feeling feet on the ground to improve concentration

With mindfulness, you focus on what’s happening right now. By practicing regularly, you get better at ignoring distractions and staying focused on what you’re doing.

For example, take moments during the day to think about how your feet feel on the ground or in your shoes when you walk.

Breathing exercises can also help calm your body down. Try breathing in slowly for four counts and then out for six. Relax your jaw, face, and shoulders to stay calm.

3. Make sure you get enough sleep at night

At night, your brain does important things like recover, process information, and record memories. When you sleep well, your brain works better. You can then concentrate better during the day and remember things more easily.

So, a night spent learning or studying often backfires because your brain does not get the chance to process and record information.

To sleep better, it’s best to:

  • Sleep in a quiet, comfortable and dark room where you do nothing but sleep. Smartphones and laptops are best avoided before bed, as the blue light can suppress the production of the sleep hormone melatonin.
  • Go to bed and get up at the same time every night, even on weekends. A consistent sleep schedule helps regulate your internal biological clock and can improve the quality of your sleep.
  • Do not drink coffee, tea, chocolate milk, or soft drinks in the late afternoon and evening, as caffeine can disrupt sleep. Also limit alcohol consumption, as it can reduce sleep quality and cause sleep disturbances.

Buy your favourite organic mushroom supplement now

Whether you choose Lion’s Mane, Reishi or Cordyceps (or a combination) to help you focus better: it’s essential that you buy organic mushroom supplements. That way, you can be sure you are getting quality and providing your body with only the best nutrients.

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Disclaimer

Supplements should not be used as a replacement for a diverse diet, a healthy lifestyle, or as a treatment for any medical condition. Keep this product out of the reach of children. If you are ill, pregnant, or in doubt, always consult with your healthcare provider. The information provided on this website is intended for general informational purposes and should not be considered as medical advice. While traditional Chinese medicine has a history spanning thousands of years and has been tested on numerous individuals, MushPeak does not make claims indicating the proven medicinal properties of herbs or mushrooms, in accordance with current EU legislation. Detailed information about mushrooms is available from publicly accessible sources on the Internet. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

References

    1. Wong, K. H., Naidu, M., David, P., Abdulla, M. A., Abdullah, N., Kuppusamy, U. R., & Sabaratnam, V. (2011). Peripheral Nerve Regeneration Following Crush Injury to Rat Peroneal Nerve by Aqueous Extract of Medicinal Mushroom Hericium erinaceus (Bull.: Fr) Pers. (Aphyllophoromycetideae). Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine: eCAM, 2011, 580752. https://doi.org/10.1093/ecam/neq062
    2. Fijałkowska A, Jędrejko K, Sułkowska-Ziaja K, Ziaja M, Kała K, Muszyńska B. (2022). Edible Mushrooms as a Potential Component of Dietary Interventions for Major Depressive Disorder. Foods, 11(10), 1489. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods11101489
    3. Chai X., Pan M., Wang J., Feng M., Wang Y., Zhang Q., & Sun Y. (2022). Cordycepin exhibits anti-fatigue effect via activating TIGAR/SIRT1/PGC-1α signaling pathway. Biochemical and biophysical research communications, 637, 127-135. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbrc.2022.11.010
    4. Hirsch K., Smith-Ryan A., Roelofs E., Trexler E., & Mock M. (2017). Cordyceps militaris Improves Tolerance to High-Intensity Exercise After Acute and Chronic Supplementation. Journal of Dietary Supplements, (14)1, 42-53. 10.1080/19390211.2016.1203386
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