Energy Foods: What to Eat When Tired

9 Foods That Fight Fatigue

Power through an afternoon slump by planning ahead. Pack these nutrient-rich foods and you won’t be reaching for coffee and sugar at 3 p.m.

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Tea

The fatigue-fighters: Caffeine and l-theanine

Coffee beats out tea when it comes to caffeine, but your cup of joe is missing an important fatigue-fighting ingredient: l-theanine. When paired with caffeine, the amino acid found naturally in tea improves cognition more effectively than caffeine alone, according to a study published in Biological Psychology. When study subjects consumed a combination of caffeine (150 mg) and l-theanine (250 mg), they reported a host of cognitive benefits, including improved alertness, memory, and reaction time as well as decreased mental fatigue.

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