Mixing Up the RIGHT JUICE
Pick the right nutrients for your smoothies and juices so you can enjoy better health
Nutrition is vital for maintaining a healthy brain function and keeping hormones balanced while giving your skin a glow. Drinking juices and smoothies can also make it easier for your body to absorb all the nutrients from fruit and vegetables.
Here, experts share their favourite health drinks and explain the benefits you can reap from these delicious concoctions. Blend the ingredients together until smooth and drink up!
For Your BRAIN
Consuming raw fruit and vegetables in a juice or smoothie can help improve concentration, mental clarity and memory, and may even stave off dementia.
“Raw juices have high amounts of plant nutrients which destroy brain-damaging free radicals before they can do any harm,” says Dr Michelle Schoffro Cook, doctor of natural medicine and author of Boost Your Brain Power in 60 seconds. “They reduce inflammation in the brain and reduce a compound that is known as homocysteine, which has been linked to stroke and other serious health conditions.”
Certain foods can help to protect against brain inflammation, a precursor to many brain diseases and memory loss, adds Dr Cook.
“By juicing or blending these foods, we actually obtain higher amounts of them than we normally would in our typical diet. This means we get to reap even more of their brain-protecting properties.”
Take preventative steps as early as possible, but it is especially important during menopause when hormonal changes can have an impact on your brain health and memory.
“During menopause, add a minimum of five brain superfoods daily into a fresh juice and significantly reduce consumption of refined sugar, since sugar is one of the worst causes of hormone imbalance,” says Dr Cook.
Healthy Brain Ingredients
Some of the best ingredients to boost your brain include blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, kale, spinach, purple or red grapes, tomatoes, ginger, green tea powder (matcha), flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds and hempseed oil, pumpkin seeds and turmeric. Try Dr Cook’s recipe for brain-boosting smoothies and juices.