Do you know for sure that you meet all your nutritional needs daily?
Are you getting your quota of green, leafy vegetables and colorful veggies loaded with beta-carotene?
A lot of people just simply don’t like eating nutritious raw veg anymore unfortunately.
One easy way to get your vegetable nutrition is in green smoothies.
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Add fresh fruit for flavor and a little sweetness, and you have almost everything you need in a glass!
Salads are another great way to get a lot of veggies in one serving, but many people don’t enjoy eating salad every single day.
Green smoothies provide a way to vary your green vegetables and fruits for a fresh, different taste every time.
An ageing population of baby boomers is searching for ways to eliminate or at least reduce the loss of memory and cognitive ability as we all grow older.
This search for the “fountain of youth” has led to many and diverse lifestyle changes for all of us, not just boomers.
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An amazing discovery is that just two servings of vital nutrients every day can have the effect of reducing your brain age up to eleven years!
Eleven years! That means the 70 year old can have a brain that is 59 — and the older you get, the more significant that 11 years becomes.
The nutrients responsible for this amazing benefit are vitamin K, folate, beta-carotene, and lutein.
Mustard greens, spinach, kale, collards, in fact all green leafy vegetables, have been shown for the first time to slow the decline of cognitive ability.
The research was led by a nutritional epidemiologist, Professor Martha Clare Morris, and closely followed 954 adults, with an average age of 81, over a five-year span.
Professor Morris stated, “Losing one’s memory or cognitive abilities is one of the biggest fears for people as they get older.
Since declining cognitive ability is central to Alzheimer’s disease and dementias, increasing consumption of green leafy vegetables could offer a very simple, affordable, and non-invasive way of potentially protecting your brain from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.”
Those who consume at least two servings of leafy vegetables each day show better cognitive powers than those who eat none.
Additional sources of these vital nutrients include brightly colored fruits and vegetables.
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Professor Morris concluded, “Our study provides evidence that eating green leafy vegetables and other foods rich in vitamin K, lutein, and beta-carotene can help to keep the brain healthy to preserve functioning.”
The research was presented at the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2015 in Boston, MA.
Here are a few tasty suggestions of ingredient combinations to add to your green smoothies to help keep your brain young:
- Spinach with mango and lime;
- Swiss chard with avocado and apple;
- Collard greens with pineapple and banana;
- Kale, grape, and coconut milk or coconut water;
- Spinach, cucumber, jalapeno, cilantro, mango and coconut water.
There are some techniques you can use for making sure the green smoothie is completely sweet and you can’t taste the greens at all.
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