This immune boosting juice recipe is not only delicious, but it’s full of nutrients that will naturally help your body fend off pathogens, bacteria and viruses. Humans are exposed to these in everyday life, and when the immune system isn’t strong and healthy, they can have a negative impact on one’s health. I believe plant foods are a form of both food and medicine from Mother Nature, as they hold active components that help boost the bodies defence system against harmful infections.
Below is a combination of foods which harness the healing power of nature. I have laid out the particular compounds in each ingredient which have powerful immune boosting properties. Drink this immune boosting juice recipe 2 – 4 times per week to help keep your body functionally optimally.
Oranges have potent antioxidant properties from their high amount of Vitamin C, which helps protect cells by neutralising harmful free radicals in the body. The Vitamin C in oranges may also help fight viruses and bacteria by boosting the immune system.
Red Apples contain manganese, copper, and Vitamins A, E, B1, B2 and B6. They are a rich source of phytochemicals, and studies have shown that consuming apples reduces the risk of some cancers, heart disease, asthma and diabetes. Apples have some of the highest amount of free phenolics compared to other fruits. This means the phenolics are more readily available for absorption into the bloodstream. Red apples have an antioxidants called quercetin which has been found to help boost the immune system.
Carrots are high in beta-carotene which has been shown to improve immune function. Carrot juice also contains the carotenoid pigments, zeaxanthin and lutein, along with Vitamins A and C, which protect immune cells from free radical damage.
The curcuminoid found in turmeric, curcumin, is what holds most of this herb’s incredible medicinal qualities. Turmeric has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential and has the ability to modulate the immune system. Other components of turmeric include turmerin, elemene, furanodiene and curdione and these have been shown to display anticancer activity.
Ginger is a very safe and effective medicinal herb that has a variety of pharmacological properties. The volatile oil in ginger has been shown to exhibit positive effects on the immune system by strengthening the immune response. One study showed that fresh ginger has strong antiviral properties against HRSV (a respiratory infection of the lungs).
Immune Boosting Juice Recipe
- 2 large oranges
- 4 red apples
- 2 medium carrots
- 1 inch fresh turmeric
- 1 chunk ginger as much as desired
- Chop up all the ingredients and put it through a juicer.