Good Mood Smoothies with Polygala (Yuan Zhi)

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These healthy, great-tasting, good mood smoothies made with Polygala tenuifolia extract may help to improve your mood.


If you want to improve your mood, try our healthy smoothie recipe. It blends fresh fruits, dark leafy greens, supplements, and a selection of all-natural extracts, including Polygala tenuifolia (Yuan Zhi). Polygala makes a great good mood supplement. Improve learning, memory, focus, and motivation, all while transforming your body from the inside out. Best of all — these Polygala extract smoothies taste great!

Good Mood Smoothies Include Healthy Foods

We like to add leafy greens and dark fruits to our smoothies. Leafy greens are packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and high-quality amino acids. 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.

Tip: Want your smoothies to be thicker? Include frozen fruit! Freeze your favorite dark fruits like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and elderberries (if you choose to include banana, you can freeze it too). 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).

Good Mood Smoothies Include Polygala

Extracts and supplements are herbs, vitamins, minerals, and other healthy ingredients. Healthy smoothie recipes that provide mood support and offer nootropic brain health support often incorporate Polygala extract. As desired, they can also incorporate Vaccinium uliginosum (Bilberry) and Semen cuscutae (Dodder Seed).

Polygala (Yuan Zhi, Seneca)

Polygala extract is valued for its reputed ability to improve clarity of thought, willpower, motivation, and creative thinking. “Yuan Zhi” translates to “high aspirations.” It’s often recommended for geriatric concerns, as it may improve memory and protect against cognitive decline.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine terms, Polygala tenuifolia balances the qi of the heart and kidneys, supporting emotional stability and promoting healthy mood. Polygala extract also appears to have immune system-supporting properties and is also often used to reduce inflammation and promote a healthy respiratory system. Learn more here and buy it here.

Vaccinium (Bilberry) (optional)

Bilberry extract is also known as brain berry extract. It’s often used as support for the treatment of cognitive deficits and may enhance learning, memory, navigational skills, balance, and coordination. Its compounds seem to jumpstart the brain, helping aging neurons communicate. Read our Bilberry FAQ here and buy it here.

Semen cuscutae (Dodder Seed, Tu Si Zi) (optional)

Semen cuscutae extract may support the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Its properties include adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antioxidant, anti-senescence, cardioprotective, neuroprotective, immunomodulatory, and osteogenic. Learn more here and buy it here.

Additional Supplements

Healthy smoothie recipes that provide mood support and help to improve brain health, learning, memory, and focus often also include the following optional supplements:

Omega Oil: 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: It’s an important chemical that improves mental function. It’s also what the brain uses to incorporate omega-3s.

Flaxseed: It contains Omega-3s (which support memory), lignans (antioxidants), and fiber, and it may help fight heart disease, diabetes, and breast cancer.

Protein Powder: It’s an easy and convenient source of high-quality protein.

Good Mood Smoothie Recipe

Here’s a great (and very healthy!) smoothie recipe to help improve your mood. (Makes 2 servings)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of leafy greens (optional)
  • 2 cups of frozen dark fruits
  • 1/2 banana (optional)
  • 2 cups of liquid [flaxseed milk or unsweetened (vanilla) almond milk]
  • 1/2 t Polygala extract
  • 1/2 t Bilberry extract (optional)
  • 1/2 t Semen cuscutae extract (optional)
  • 1 T flaxseed (optional)
  • 1 T omega oil (optional)
  • 100 mg phosphatidylserine (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts (optional)
  • 1/4 cup (1 scoop) of high-quality protein powder (optional)

Instructions

  1. Tightly pack the leafy greens in a measuring cup and then toss into blender.
  2. Add liquid and blend well.
  3. Add fruit and supplements. Blend again until smooth.
  4. Adjust the consistency to your liking — add ice or more protein powder to thicken or add more liquid to thin it out.
  5. Pour into two glasses and enjoy your good mood smoothies!
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