This refreshing smoothie is perfect for consuming on a hot summer’s day thanks to the high quantity of fruit it contains, all of which have a high water content which helps to keep your brain and body hydrated. The ingredients in it also help to prevent the risk of stroke, and many of them help to slow the onset of neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s disease if consumed on a regular basis.
To make this smoothie, add all the ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. Be sure to use pitted cherries.
Pomegranate juice is understood to have powerful antioxidants that can help to fight against a number of diseases and health conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, a neurodegenerative disease affecting memory. It is thought to be able to do this because the antioxidants work as anti-inflammatories, therefore reducing damage caused to cells by free radicals.
Cherries are a very good source of melatonin which helps you get a better quality night’s sleep, something that is essential to maintaining brain health.
Adding strawberries to this smoothie will allow your brain to benefit from a huge dose of vitamin C which is found in the highest proportions in the brain and is important for the production of new tissue cells and effective wound healing. They are also an excellent source of folate which is essential for the proper brain development of foetuses whilst in the womb.
Apples can help improve neurological health thanks to an antioxidant they contain called quercetin. This antioxidant has been shown to reduce the frequency of cellular death that can lead to neurodegenerative conditions. Apples have also been proven to help protect neuron cells and thus prevent dementia-related conditions like Alzheimer’s.
By including chia seeds in this smoothie you ensure that your brain gets a good dose of omega fatty acids that are essential for maintaining good brain development and overall health. They also have a positive effect on reducing the risk of developing a stroke thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling in the body and therefore allow oxygen to travel around the body more easily.
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