Need To Focus? Supplementing With This May Help, According To Research*
The link between mental function and vitamin C concentrations.
In essence, the study found a link between vitamin C status (as measured by serum levels in the blood) and mental vitality. According to the paper, supplementing with vitamin C "effectively increased work motivation and attentional focus and contributed to better performance on cognitive tasks requiring sustained attention."* This was following findings that "inadequate" vitamin C levels were linked to low "mental vitality," meaning suboptimal mental energy and focus.
The results were drawn based on a population-based cross-sectional investigation of 214 healthy young adults, who were first assessed for vitamin C concentrations in the blood versus their mental and physical energy, attention levels, and mood.
Participants who had inadequate vitamin C levels then participated in a double-blind randomized control trial where one group was randomized to receive 500 mg of vitamin C twice a day for four weeks and the other took a placebo. Following the trial, they were able to conclude that those who took a supplement with vitamin C saw a significant increase in attention and work absorption, with some improvement in energy levels and engagement—but no change in mood.*
Other potential benefits of supplementing with vitamin C.
Though it's probably best known for its link to supporting the immune system, vitamin C can also help combat oxidative stress, promote natural collagen production, enhance iron absorption, and more—yes, including promoting healthy cognitive function.* That's one multitasking water-soluble vitamin!
(And by the way, if you are looking to promote immunity, here's a list of the best supplements to try from a Ph.D. & R.D.)
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