Dr. Oz's Brain-Boosting Smoothie

Added to Recipes on Tue 12/15/2009

Bananas are high in antioxidants, dopamine and serotonin. Dopamine boosts memory and attention while serotonin elevates mood and helps control appetite, memory and learning. Blueberries contain pigments called anthocyanins that give the fruit its dark color and also boost brain function. They also help protect the brain from stress and may reduce dementia.

 

Hemp nuts are rich in omega-3s, which are essential for the health of your brain and nervous system. Additionally, the compounds found in hemp seeds have been shown to promote memory, learning and immune function.

 

Apple juice prevents the loss of an important neurotransmitter called acetylcholine which is critical for memory and brain health. Rhodiola rosea extract improves mood, alleviates depression and can also improve sexual functioning and libido. It's available for purchase in natural food stores.

Ingredients

1 banana

1/4 cup blueberries

Handful of hemp nuts 

1/2 cup apple juice 

1 tsp rhodiola rosea

Directions

Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. Add ice and enjoy!