We’ve all been told about the power of antioxidants but what are they? Put simply, antioxidants are substances that can prevent or delay some types of cell damage. Many of the most highly antioxidant foods (blueberries, strawberries, goji berries, raspberries, kale, beets, spinach) make their way perfectly into juices so they can help strengthen your ability to fight infection or prevent disease. The brain is highly susceptible to oxidative stress, which is considered to be a major contributor to degeneration of the nervous system, poor cognition, poor memory, and the onset of conditions such as dementia (NCBI). Fresh, raw juices can help reduce this stress, and improve communication between brain cells.
Fats may not be the ingredient you’re looking for in your juices, but they are a key to reaping all the brain benefits from your beverage. Healthy fats help your body absorb some fat-soluble vitamins like A,D,E and K, and also supports healthy blood flow to keep nutrients and oxygen reaching the brain. Without healthy fats, some juices can pack a nutritional punch yet they don’t transmit to the body. Look for additions such as coconut, avocado, chia seed, or nuts/nut butter.
Generally speaking, the brighter your fruits and vegetables, the more flavonoids they contain - so go bright and bold! Flavonoids are nutrients that play a vital role in anti-inflammation and are what give fruit and vege their vivid colours. Studies have shown flavonoids may improve memory through the way they interact with parts of the brain associated with learning and memory (IANS). Orange juice is a major source of flavonoids yet as with all recommendations, go for fresh juices without added sugars.
So next time you notice you’ve forgotten where you parked the car, feel brain fog, or difficulty concentrating consider introducing regular whole, fresh juices to your routine. Don’t forget to include both fruits and vegetables, a dose of healthy fats, and leafy greens.
Written by Wellineux