Strengthen Your Memory with this Mango-Berry Lassi Recipe

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Photos by: Joyosity, Little Blue Hen, jayneandd and mdid/Creative Commons

Photos by: Joyosity, Little Blue Hen, jayneandd and mdid/Creative Commons

As the week progresses, I can’t help but entertain the nagging thought that I am forgetting something. Too young to worry about memory loss issues, I brush it off. That is, until I discover my oft-misplaced to-do list and realize I forgot a string of important tasts.

We all want a memory-booster that would help us remember all the things we need to keep track of day after day. Working various berries into your diet, while not a miracle cure, may help keep your memory as sharp as you wish it would be.

Not only do berries have the antioxidant benefits that they are known for, there is also a correlation between berry consumption and increased brain function. This is because berries contain polyphenols that act as “cleansers” for damaged cells. By improving brain health, brain disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s may be deterred from occurring and progressively worsening.

As yet, there is no decisive evidence crediting these effects to individual properties of berries. For all we know, there could be a combination of chemicals at work to cause improvement in memory and brain function. While researchers chase answers, I suggest you settle down with a delicious, berry-filled lassi instead.

Mango-Berry Lassi

Ingredients

  • 3 ¾ cups plain yogurt
  • 1 cup crushed ice cubes
  • 2 cups fresh mango pulp
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup each fresh raspberries, blueberries, and/or strawberries
  • ½ a cup pomegranate seeds
  • Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Preparation

  1. Mix mango pulp, pomegranate seeds, berries, lemon juice, yogurt and crushed ice into blender and puree.
  2. Stir in sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Pour into glasses and garnish with mint.

(Adapted from marthastewart.com.)

Munia Islam is a contributing food writer at Divanee.com.

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