Here’s a recipe for healthy brain focus smoothies to help you improve clarity, brain power and focus.
How to Make Brain Focus Smoothies
Brain focus smoothies are blended drinks of fresh fruits, dark leafy greens, supplements, and a selection of our extracts that will help you improve your focus while also energizing you and transforming your body from the inside out. Best of all — they taste great!
Tips for Making Brain Focus Smoothies
Before I show you how to make brain focus smoothies, I’d like to share 3 important tips.
1. Incorporate Healthy Foods
Sounds like a no brainer, right? And yet it’s common enough to fill brain focus smoothies with too much fruit and no leafy greens. It’s also common to fill them with artificial sweeteners, Stevia extract, and processed sugars.
Leafy greens are packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and high-quality amino acids, making them critically important. Don’t leave them out! Leafy greens include spinach, kale, microgreens, romaine, Swiss chard, collard greens, cabbage, watercress, romaine lettuce, bok choy, and endive.
Dark fruits are important too. For one thing, they’re antioxidants. For another, the purple pigment in dark fruits contains flavonoids, including resveratrol, which can help decrease blood pressure. Resveratrol helps relax the arterial walls, decreases the pressure in the arteries, and promotes better circulation. Dark fruits also contain polyphenols, which can reduce the inflammatory response in the body.
2. Freeze Your Fruits
Want your brain focus smoothies to be thicker and less liquid-like? Freeze your favorite dark fruits like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and elderberries. And if you choose to include banana, you can freeze it too!
Tip: You can also freeze your leafy greens in a freezer-safe bag. Just be sure to put your frozen greens into the blender (don’t defrost them before use).
3. Incorporate Supplements and Extracts
Supplements and extracts are herbs, vitamins, minerals, and other healthy substances you can add to a smoothie. Brain focus smoothies incorporate the following supplements, all of which specifically support nootropic brain health and focus:
Polygala tenuifolia (Yuan Zhi, Seneca, Chinese Senega)
Polygala is a powerful nootropic, an adaptogen, and an antioxidant. It’s valued in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for its reputed ability to protect the brain. It’s commonly used to rejuvenate the mind, support meditation, and increase clarity of thought. Adherents believe that it improves creative thinking, enhances dreaming, and enhances manifested ideas. The Chinese name Yuan Zhi translates to “high aspirations.”
Research shows that Polygala extract can go beyond simply being neuroprotective and can promote neural stem cell proliferation and differentiation, pushing the plant into a special category of nootropics that supports new brain cell growth. READ THE POLYGALA FAQ.
Paeonia lactiflora (White Peony Root, Chinese Peony)
Like Polygala, Paeonia is a nootropic, an adaptogen, and an antioxidant, and it’s believed to increase energy, intelligence, and awareness. It’s commonly used to rejuvenate the mind, support meditation, and increase clarity of thought. It’s also frequently used to help treat cognitive deficits and improve learning and memory. Recent studies have looked at its unique neuro-protective qualities and cognitive-enhancing properties. READ THE PAEONIA FAQ HERE.
Phyllanthus niruri (Chanca Piedra)
Sourced in the Amazon region of Peru, Phyllanthus has 100+ bioactive compounds. It’s a powerful antioxidant, it’s a nootropic, and it’s the world’s best synergistic adaptogen. No plant in the world offers more health benefits, and its neuroprotective qualities support memory and focus. READ THE PHYLLANTHUS FAQ HERE.
Research suggests omega-3 fatty acids may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and may have a positive effect on gradual memory loss linked to aging.
Phosphatidylserine is an important chemical that improves mental function. It’s also what the brain uses to incorporate omega-3s.
Flaxseed is believed to fight heart disease, diabetes, and breast cancer. It contains Omega-3s (which support memory), lignans (antioxidants), and fiber.
Protein powder is an easy and convenient source of complete, high-quality protein.
Recipe for Brain Focus Smoothies
Here’s the recipe for our favorite brain focus smoothies. (Makes 2 servings)
- 3 cups of leafy greens
- 2 cups of frozen dark fruits
- 1 apple (optional)
- 1/2 banana (optional)
- 2 cups of liquid [flaxseed milk or unsweetened (vanilla) almond milk]
- 1/2 t Polygala tenuifolia (Yuan Zhi Seneca, Chinese Senega)
- 1/2 t Paeonia lactiflora (White Peony Root, Chinese Peony)
- 1/2 t Phyllanthus niruri (Chanca Piedra) (optional)
- 1 T flaxseed
- 1 T omega oil
- 100 mg phosphatidylserine
- 1/4 cup of walnuts (optional)
- 1/4 cup (1 scoop) of high-quality protein powder (optional)
- Tightly pack the leafy greens in a measuring cup and then toss into blender.
- Add liquid (flaxseed milk, almond milk, or water) and blend well.
- Add fruit and supplements. Blend again until smooth.
- Adjust the consistency to your liking — add ice or more protein powder to thicken or add more flaxseed milk, almond milk, or water to thin it out.
- Pour into two glasses and enjoy your brain focus smoothies!