Mental focus is important at any age, but it is critical for children. Enhanced mental focus helps children learn information more efficiently, perform better on exams and excel in sports and extracurricular activities. Diet is an essential part of helping improve your child's mental focus. Certain dietary supplements may also improve cognitive function in children. Check with your doctor before giving your child any supplement to enhance mental focus.
Ginkgo biloba leaves have been used for medicinal purposes for over 5,000 years, according to Michael Castleman, author of "The Healing Herbs." Ancient Chinese healers recommended this herb for tissue inflammation, and used it as a remedy for asthma. Ginkgo biloba may also enhance cognitive function. The chemical compounds in ginkgo biloba supplements may enhance circulation, improving blood flow to the brain. This may help sharpen mental focus and enhance memory and reaction time. Talk to your doctor before using ginkgo biloba supplements to enhance your child's mental focus. In rare cases, it may cause vomiting and nausea.
Vitamin B5 is part of the B complex family, and is regarded by alternative healers as an anti-stress vitamin, according to Dr. James Balch and Phyllis Balch, authors of "Prescription for Nutritional Healing." It may aid in the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps relieve stress and anxiety. Stress reduction may relieve test and performance anxiety in children, improving your child's ability to focus. Vitamin B5 is typically available as part of a B complex vitamin supplement, although some health food stores carry it as a standalone supplement.
Vitamin B6 improves your body's ability to absorb and metabolize carbohydrates and fats from food sources, according to the Balches. These food components are necessary for building healthy brain cells, including those involved in memory and learning. This vitamin may enhance overall brain function, and may improve your child's mental focus. Like vitamin B5, this vitamin is commonly included in B complex vitamin supplements, but may be available as a single-vitamin supplement through specialty retailers.
- "Prescription for Nutritional Healing;" James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C.; 1997
- "The Healing Herbs;" Michael Castleman; 1991