Mix­ing Up the RIGHT JUICE

Pick the right nu­tri­ents for your smooth­ies and juices so you can en­joy bet­ter health

Women's Weekly (Malaysia) - - Wellbeing -

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.

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