Instead of grabbing a cup of java in the morning, how about making yourself this green juice packed with super foods to wake up your brain. This green juice includes a potent blend of brain promoting compounds such as luteolin, fisetin, omega-3 and potassium.
3 kale leaves
3 celery stalks
1 small lime
Wash the ingredients thoroughly, and then chop them up so that they can fit through the juicer.
Why Your Brain Will Fall in Love With This Green Juice
Because the brain is made up of about 60% fat, brain health means ensuring you consume the right kind of fats. Kale just so happens to contain omega-3 alphalinolenic acid (ALA) linked to decreasing the risk of depression and diabetes.
Not only that, Kale is packed with vitamin K, an antioxidant known for protecting fat, as well as protein, iron, folate and vitamin B6 – all necessary to produce brain molecules like serotonin and dopamine.
Luteolin, a compound found in celery, is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. This potent antioxidant is part of a family of plant molecules called flavonoids, which studies have shown can help counter dementia caused by brain inflammation. Learn more of these studies here.
Aside from containing the antioxidant flavonoid, luteolin, cucumber also has an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin that is linked to memory improvement, and countering memory and learning impairments.
Containing 90% water, lime contains small amounts of potassium, which is known to promote brain function.
The above recipe makes approximately 8 oz of juice, and it’s savory in flavor. If you find the taste unpleasant, you can add half a pear or even a small carrot, but I would encourage you to try it a few times before adding a sugary ingredient.
I have grown to love this juice – I usually have it first thing in the morning to wake up my brain and another one in the afternoon to help me get through the rest of the afternoon.
Share in the comments what you think of this juice or if you have any great juicing recipes.