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What All Those Smoothie Add-Ins Really Mean, Thanks To Stuart Health Expert Lee Cotton

Smoothies have become so mainstream, but ordering the right smoothie can be as overwhelming as choosing the right cup of coffee at Starbucks.

“I'll have the acai smoothie with added maca and spirulina and extra chia seeds, please,” a pro might say.

For the rest of us, what are those ingredients?

Here are some popular smoothie add-ins and their health benefits:

Maca powder: Maca powder has been shown to boost energy and to aid in balancing hormones.

Acai berry: Acai is a great antioxidant and aids in cellular health and immunity.

Chia seeds: These little seeds are filled with Omega 3 and Omega 6, and have protein and fiber.

Flax seeds: A great source of Omega 3 and fiber.

Hemp seeds: These seeds are packed with protein and Omega 3 fatty acids, which aid in reducing inflammation.

Spirulina: This is blue-green algae loaded with vitamins such as B, E, zinc and iron. It is also made up of 70 percent amino acid protein.

Wheatgrass: Juiced or in powder form, Wheatgrass is a great detoxifier and is loaded with Chlorophyll.

Plant Protein powder: This protein is derived from seeds, soy or rice.

Goji Berries: These little berries are sweet and tart in flavor, and are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants.