When it comes to brain health, this one ingredient is probably missing from your morning blend

By Macaela Mackenzie
Updated: July 14, 2016
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If your obsession with finding, pinning, and making the perfect smoothie has officially surpassed your obsession with whatever drama is currently surrounding Taylor Swift's love life, we feel you. They're an awesome, nutrient-rich way to start your day, especially if you add this one ingredient: cinnamon. (Want more smoothies? We have Smoothie Bowl Recipes Under 500 Calories.)

Researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that eating cinnamon could mean major gains when it comes to your learning abilities. When mice ate ground cinnamon every day for one month, researchers noted higher levels of a protein associated with learning in their brains. What's more, mice that were previously considered "poor learners" performed better in a maze test after a month of the cinnamon diet, suggesting that the new addition to their food plan may have actually made them smarter.

According to the researchers, the results could have big impacts since adding extra cinnamon to your diet would be one of the safest and easiest ways to boost your learning abilities. Of course, the next step is to test out the cinnamon effect in humans, but in the meantime, we'll be loading up on cinnamon-boosted smoothies. Get started with this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie.

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