TOP 5 SMOOTHIES TO BOOST THE BRAIN POWER
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Feeling tired and sluggish? Try some of these smoothie recipes and keep healthy while treating yourself to something tasty!
For years, Top Neurologists of the world have stressed the importance of healthy diet not only for your physical appearance but also for your brain. The lack of some of these foods can cause serious impairment to your mental health and cognitive functions, so make sure to replenish them with the next top 5 smoothies for boosted brain power!
- Almond Milk Berry Banana Smoothie
Strawberry blueberry banana smoothie provides a lot of needed nutrients to your body and brain.
Bananas are rich in potassium, tryptophan, and vitamin B6.
- Potassium has an overall positive impact on general health as well as your brain, keeps oxygen levels in check, and strengthens signals between cells.
- Tryptophan stimulates serotonin production and thus reduces the risk of depression. It also has mood-enhancing properties and keeps you focused.
- Vitamin B6 promotes the production of neurotransmitters, increases cognitive ability, mental clarity, motivation, and prevents Alzheimer’s disease.
Berries, such as blueberries and strawberries, are high in antioxidants and flavonoids which help reduce the harmful impact of free radicals on you brain and battle age-related cognitive issues including weakened signaling between cells, concentration, and possible inflammation, which can damage neurons.
Almonds contain protein, zinc, vitamins E and B6, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as vital brain nutrients, helping repair damaged brain cells, improve cognitive functions and neuron health, decrease the effects of free radicals, slow down the aging memory-related brain cells, increase intellect and heighten sleep quality.
For two servings of this particular smoothie, you’ll need to blend 2 cups of almond milk, 1/4 cup of strawberries, 1/4 cup of blueberries, and about half a banana cut into slices. Begin with milk and then proceed to add your fruit, blend everything together until combined. If your smoothie is too watery, add several ice cubes and blend for another 30 seconds.
- Banana Apple Kale Smoothie
Apples and kale are also known as superfoods for the brain, and their regular intake can help improve your general well-being. Apple juice is great for diminishing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and protecting the brain cells from harmful oxidation, which can lead to further brain impairment. It should be mentioned that apples are tasty and can significantly improve your mood.
Kale mostly contains omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid – essential for brain health fat, which lowers the risk of depression. As well as vitamins B6, C and K, and pro-vitamin A. They boost the production of dopamine and serotonin and increase the quality of bonds between brain cells while battling stress-induced damage.
You are going to need:
- 1 sliced banana
- 2 cups of stemmed kale
- 1 cup of apple juice
Combine apple juice, banana, and kale, then blend for about 60 seconds adding water of apple juice till desired texture.
- Spinach Avocado Apple Smoothie
Just like kale, spinach is rich in folic acid, and vitamins B6 and B12, which happen to be extremely useful for your brain by reducing atrophy, positively impacting its functioning and preventing its shrinkage. Spinach is also a great source of the amino acid l-tyrosine, which has mood- and memory-enhancing properties.
Avocados are high in healthy fats and vitamins, which make them one of the best brain superfoods. Along with coconut oil and dark chocolate, this fruit is considered to be the “weapon” against Alzheimer’s. Avocados also help to keep your cognitive abilities sharp by increasing the production of dopamine.
The ingredients for this smoothie are following:
- 1 1/2 cups of apple juice
- 2 cups of stemmed spinach
- 1 peeled and chopped apple
- 1/2 chopped avocado
- Blueberry Beet Almond Smoothie
Beetroots contain a lot of nitrates, which open blood vessels and improve the blood flow to the brain. It is especially beneficial for elderly people since insufficient blood flow is directly connected to dementia. Beet is also high in folic acid and potassium, the health properties of which we have already discussed when talking about bananas, spinach, and kale. The fiber contained in beetroot can also increase the level of antioxidants in your body
This smoothie has to be served immediately and consists of:
- 1 cup of apple juice
- 1/2 cup of blueberries
- 1/2 cup of peeled and chopped raw beet
- 1/2 cup of raw almonds
- 1/2 ice cubes
- Green Tea Blueberry Banana Smoothie
Green tea is a significant holder of a number of flavonoids – powerful antioxidants, which help to prevent and treat various diseases. It also contains caffeine; therefore, increases the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, and L-theanine, which has anti-anxiety effects and improves concentration.
The ingredients for this smoothie have to be blended for approximately a minute on the highest setting until smooth.
- 1/2 cup of green tea sweetened with 2 tsp of raw honey
- 1 1/2 cups of blueberries
- 1 sliced banana
- 1/2 cup of soy or almond milk.
Don’t forget to begin with liquids and add other ingredients. Enjoy your healthy and delicious treat!
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