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Focus, attention span, and supplements

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 20, 2012 at 9:39 PM

I was wondering if anyone has had any success with supplements that help with focus and attention.

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on September 21, 2012
at 08:07 PM

A thought - Try IF on a non-workout day 1x per week. Not because you will lose weight or because you shouldn't eat breakfast but because you should be able to skip a meal without slumping. I'd consider it a form of metabolic conditioning.

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on September 21, 2012
at 05:12 PM

I can't work out fasted. I have ZERO energy. I have tried it several times, thinking perhaps I just need to adjust, but I have found that I just do better with three square meals a day. I also feel much less hungry when I have a substantial breakfast. I think IF is great and works for many people, but it's not for me.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 21, 2012
at 03:34 AM

Define "don't do well"?

43fd1f0fb8ccbfe981264d5c8f1eb258

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on September 21, 2012
at 03:01 AM

Interesting. I don't do well on IF, unfortunately. :(

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on September 21, 2012
at 03:00 AM

I am off all gluten and feel much better for it. I am not at all consistent with taking fish oil. Perhaps that might help. I have never heard of vinpocetine. I may look into it.

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on September 21, 2012
at 02:58 AM

Of course. Sorry for the vague question. I have been eating paleo for 2 years, and just recently did a whole30 to reset. I keep it very strict, with my only occasional cheat being some dark chocolate. I have found that my mental clarity is much better on paleo, especially when I keep sugars low. I workout 5-6 days a week (crossfit and pilates) I was just hoping that my ADD tendencies can be helped via diet or supplements. By attention span, I mean being able to focus on one task until it's completed.

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on September 21, 2012
at 01:19 AM

This question could do with some expansion before it's possible to write a proper answer. What have you tried so far in terms of diet, exercise and lifestyle? Why are you considering supplements? Maybe worth adding some detail about specifically what 'focus and attention' mean to you.

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on September 21, 2012
at 12:24 AM

agree about the gluten fairy...uggh...I'm also very gluten sensitive but not celiac.

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on September 20, 2012
at 10:58 PM

Oh, hard to say.. because I started removing gluten while going paleo at the same time I started taking Acetyl-L-Carnitine (brain anti aging), Vinpocetine (increase circulation to brain), and Krill oil (OMEGA-3). Ohh and I try to consume a lot of cholesterol (there have been studies in autistic children that increase in cholesterol helped with their symptoms, and in my case ADHD is said to be on the autistic spectrum) I feel better, not as spacey ,But I am pretty sure it was the gluten for me because I have taken supplements before. I heard someone else had good luck removing gluten/casein, gotta watch out for hidden sources of gluten, walking into a bakery into a invisible cloud of flour could cause a reaction, skin products too, even gluten in supplements, or maybe nuts that were processed in the same factory as wheat. I swear there is like a gluten fairie sprinkling gluten on everything in stores these days!........ BUT it all depends on your level of sensitivity :) I am not celiac, but if you saw me shopping you'd think I was, I prefer to be cautious (obsessive rather) but thats me! :)

oh yeah ofcourse I do this with first consulting a doctor before making any dietary changes or addition of supplements (gotta cover my ass) lol

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on September 21, 2012
at 12:24 AM

agree about the gluten fairy...uggh...I'm also very gluten sensitive but not celiac.

43fd1f0fb8ccbfe981264d5c8f1eb258

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on September 21, 2012
at 03:00 AM

I am off all gluten and feel much better for it. I am not at all consistent with taking fish oil. Perhaps that might help. I have never heard of vinpocetine. I may look into it.

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on September 21, 2012
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on September 21, 2012
at 12:03 AM

SLEEP!

I now go to bed at 9pm and can't believe how much it has increased my focus.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 20, 2012
at 11:09 PM

Supplements? No, nothing has helped.

However, IF has helped quite a lot, as has bi-weekly cold water baths after workouts. Both controlled for as well as I could. Both have studies showing benefits to dopamine sensitivity so it makes some sense and fits with my N=1.

43fd1f0fb8ccbfe981264d5c8f1eb258

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on September 21, 2012
at 03:01 AM

Interesting. I don't do well on IF, unfortunately. :(

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 21, 2012
at 03:34 AM

Define "don't do well"?

43fd1f0fb8ccbfe981264d5c8f1eb258

(28)

on September 21, 2012
at 05:12 PM

I can't work out fasted. I have ZERO energy. I have tried it several times, thinking perhaps I just need to adjust, but I have found that I just do better with three square meals a day. I also feel much less hungry when I have a substantial breakfast. I think IF is great and works for many people, but it's not for me.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 21, 2012
at 08:07 PM

A thought - Try IF on a non-workout day 1x per week. Not because you will lose weight or because you shouldn't eat breakfast but because you should be able to skip a meal without slumping. I'd consider it a form of metabolic conditioning.

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on September 20, 2012
at 11:00 PM

I have had some luck with l-tyrosine and 5htp. Of course these will only work if you are short on neurotransmitters. I hope this helps.

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