Now and then I’m faced with a day where I find it hard to concentrate. Mental fatigue has finally caught up with me. Whether it's a tough week in the office followed by a weekend gymnastics tournament or just an afternoon that needs to be productive, I know I could use an extra boost to stay sharp. The go-to food for these cases are blueberries and raspberries. Honestly, they should just be called Brain Berries.
When we’re young, our brains rarely have trouble keeping up. That’s because a young body produces a ton of microglia, a cell responsible for cleaning up debris that pollutes the brain. This debris slows down brain function, clouding our focus and making it difficult to concentrate. I don’t know about you, but I don't have time for that. That’s where berries come in.
As we age, our body doesn't produce as much microglia as it did when we were young. That means it is easier for junk to build up in our brain. This leads to decreased memory and trouble staying focused. Brain cells can become damaged, not only in the right now, but for the long run as well. Today, it may cause you to forget where you left your keys, but years from now it may lead to more serious mental diseases like Alzheimer's.
Blueberries and raspberries fight on the front lines against the oxidative stress and free radical damage that cause memory malfunctions. They keep microglia cells working properly, ensuring your brain is working properly too. Say goodbye to mental fatigue.
Blueberries are the number one berry for enhancing memory. They contain a unique blend of nutrients that boost memory, now and in the future. Raspberries are a close second. They keep the brain healthy by stopping neuron inflammation. This stops any neurological damage in its tracks.
When struggling to stay focused, remember these incredible benefits of berries. You may need to eat some right now to be sure you’ll remember to remember. We suggest trying the U-Pick Me Up smoothie. It's a delicious way to get the blueberry and raspberry intake you need to stay sharp.
U-Pick me Up
When metal fatigue fogs your brain, turn to blueberries and raspberries. These brain berries keep debris from polluting the brain- effectively eliminating mental fog.
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 2 cups green tea brewed and chilled
- 1 1/2 cups raspberries
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries
Blend spinach and green tea together until smooth.
Add remaining ingredients and blend again.
* Use frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.