There’s little that tastes better than a fresh fruit smoothie in the morning. They do wonders for the immune system and if you pack them with the right ingredients, they can supercharge your ability to not only prevent colds and flu, but shorten their duration when you’re symptomatic. Here is an incredible smoothie recipe that is as delicious as it is nutritious.
There are so many natural cold and flu remedies that it’s shocking how many people still turn to vaccines which are barely effective for any virus, let alone the flu virus.
A cold or flu can allow your body to purge itself of old and damaged cells that, in the absence of a viral infection, would normally take much longer to identify, destroy, and eliminate. So it’s actually a good thing.
The Importance of Vitamin C In Any Smoothie.
Vitamin C (ascorbate or ascorbic acid) is the subject of a massive amount of experimental and clinical research. In a 1984 review article, long time Vitamin C researcher R. Anderson labeled Vitamin C an immunostimulatory, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic vitamin. Anderson stated that Vitamin C is essential to promote optimal migration of neutrophils and macrophages to infection sites. He notes that high serum levels of Vitamin C increase neutrophil mobility and lymphocyte transformation.
Neutrophils and macrophages secrete toxic oxidants – superoxide, hydrogen peroxide, hypochlorite and hydroxyl radicals – to kill germs. Unfortunately, these oxidants leak out of the neutrophils/macrophages, damaging them and surrounding tissue, promoting excessive inflammation, unless neutralized by adequate antioxidants such as Vitamin C. Anderson also reports that Vitamin C enhances neutrophil microbial killing action by multiple chemical pathways. Anderson also notes that many experiments show Vitamin C to enhance T lymphocyte reactivity to mitogens in humans and animals. Vitamin C also lessens allergic reactions at high doses through inactivating histamine.
Kiwi Orange Coconut Flu Busting Smoothie
This smoothie contains the following ingredients, some of which may not appear to fit well with the others in terms of taste, but believe me they do.
Recipe (makes 3 large servings):
TO MAKE INTO A GREEN SMOOTHIE Add:
John Summerly is nutritionist, herbologist, and homeopathic practitioner. He is a leader in the natural health community and consults athletes, executives and most of all parents of children on the benefits of complementary therapies for health and prevention.