While it may sound dramatic, it’s true: green smoothies can help people live a better life. No, they’re not the be-all-end-all, nor are they the answer to life’s unsolved mysteries, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s darn close.
They’re easy to make, taste good and are extremely beneficial for health.
Here’s a closer look at how drinking more of them can make your life better.
First of all, when the right ingredients are used, green smoothies boost health considerably. By “right ingredients” this means sticking to healthy choices; sneaking in sugary syrups or cupcake sprinkles don’t count. Apples, spinach, bananas, lemon and so on have nutrients that make these smoothies healthy, not harmful. Adding chia seeds, hemp seeds, coconut oil and nuts only enriches their taste and their nutritional content.
Green Smoothies Keep You Healthy
Angela Haupt, senior editor with the Health and Wellness section at U.S. News and World Report, says that green smoothies are jam-packed with vitamins and minerals. She says that making these smoothies are a “…tasty way to get a strong dose of fruits and veggies, which provide vital nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, folate and potassium.” You can’t go wrong; the variety of greens and added fruits and other superfoods that can be changed up every day, several times a day, allow people to experience significant health benefits.(1)
Smart Smoothie Ingredients Can Boost Brain Health
In addition to giving your body an outstanding dose of nutrients that can improve physical health, green smoothies also make your life better by improving mental health. Drew Ramsey, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, says that kale, a common green smoothie staple, “…promotes brain cells being more resilient by influencing gene expression.”
Ramsey explains that “The brain depends on essential vitamins and minerals to function. By these traditional measures of nutrient density, kale is at the top of the charts. A cup of raw kale has just 33 calories, yet you get a huge dose of vitamin C (134 percent RDA), pro-vitamin A (206 percent RDA), and a vitamin K (684 percent RDA).”(2)
The large amount of vitamin K in kale, he says, means that essential fats like those in the brain, are protected.
Green Smoothies Can Boost Libido
Last but definitely not least, green smoothies are sexy.
They not only have some sexy-sounding names like “Luscious Tropical Swirl,” but have been said to make time in the bedroom more exciting.
For example, many green smoothies contain spinach. Men, listen up: spinach contains indole-3-carbino, an ingredient that halts the production of estrogen in men. This means that they have higher levels of testosterone, suggesting that the food can help boost sex drive. It’s said that raw spinach is ideal to achieve this effect — perfect for health-conscious smoothie-makers!(3)
Everything considered, consumption of green smoothies is an excellent way to help you live a better life. You’ll be healthier mentally and physically thanks to the cancer-fighting, brain-protecting benefits of these tasty drinks. Just the fact that they taste good is something else that makes them a great addition to your life. And of course, who doesn’t enjoy more energy between the sheets?
Start (or be sure to continue) drinking green smoothies to see ongoing life improvements!
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