Make the most of seasonal ingredients and reap some serious nutrient benefits with this juice recipe packed with immunity supporting fruits and vegetables.
Of course we love sipping on superfood hot chocolate, warming up with a hot toddy, and drinking a hot cup of masala chai, but there’s always room for fresh juice. An important way to fend off sickness is to fill up on a variety of antioxidant-packed and vitamin-rich produce.
Tips: Choose organic when you purchase your juice ingredients. Organic fruits and vegetables have higher levels of critical immune-supporting nutrients including vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Superstar Immunity Supporting Ingredients
Beets: Packed with fiber, folate, manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C, beets are sweet and nutritious root vegetables available all year long. Beets owe a lot of their nutrient properties to betanins, compounds that give the vegetable its rich, red color.
Betanins are potent free-radical scavengers and may prevent LDL cholesterol oxidation and DNA damage in the body. Beets also contain inorganic nitrates, which are converted into a biological messenger molecule called nitric oxide. In the body, nitric oxide travels through artery walls sending signals to the cells around the arteries to relax, which in turn can lower blood pressure.
Carrots: Brightly colored carrots are a good source of beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin K, potassium, and various antioxidants for whole body health. Some of carrot’s potent antioxidants include carotenoids, which are linked to improved immune function and reduced risk of several diseases including heart disease, various degenerative diseases, and certain types of cancer. They also provide this winter juice with essential sweetness and a bright flavor.
Apple: Another vitamin C filled fruit; apples also contain potassium, vitamins K and A, and manganese. Apples are loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which may lower risk of certain cancers, and you know, visits from the doctor.
Ginger: Ginger root is an anti-inflammatory star. Ginger has been used for various health issues including thwarting nausea and morning sickness, reducing muscle pain and soreness, and preventing pain associated with inflammatory conditions like arthritis and osteoarthritis.
The wide array of health benefits are due to potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. In a study of patients with osteoarthritis of the knees, ginger extract significantly reduced their symptoms and pain, most likely due to gingerol's inflammation reducing effects.
Turmeric: This bright orange root contains vitamin C, manganese, iron, and potassium, as well as powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. Turmeric specifically contains curcumin, a compound with studied anti-inflammatory effects.
In fact, curcumin’s antioxidant capacities and inflammation reducing properties are so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs. Turmeric is also noted to reduce pain in those with arthritis, as well as show notable cancer preventative properties, and protect the health of the heart.
Red Cabbage: One of the most underrated vegetables out there, cabbage (of all kinds) is a nutritious superstar. Specifically, red cabbage is packed with immune system supporting vitamin C, which helps to stimulate the activity of white blood cells and form the first line of defense for the immune system.
Red cabbage also contains a wide variety of antioxidants, many of which have been shown to lower whole body inflammation, reduce symptoms of arthritis, and combat the risk of chronic diseases, including certain cancers. A 2009 study from the University of Auckland compared the antioxidant levels from six anthocyanin-rich plants, including red cabbage, red lettuce, blueberries, pansies, purple sweet potato skin, purple sweet potato flesh, and Maori potato flesh. All plants, with the exception of red lettuce, were found to reduce internal DNA damage in colon cancer cells.
With a variety of immune supporting super fruits and vegetables, this juice is going to be your ultimate pick-me-up.
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Immune Supporting Beet, Carrot, Turmeric, Ginger Juice
- 1 red beet
- 4 carrots
- 1 red apple
- 1 inch nob fresh ginger
- ½ inch fresh turmeric
- ¼ wedge red cabbage
- Run all ingredients through a juicer. We love the Hurom Classic Slow Juicer. Its slow squeezing process ensures delicate nutrients remain intact. Its low speed auger surprisingly squeezes out just about every last drop of juice increasing your yield and reducing waste.
- As an alternative you can run these ingredients through a high powdered blender like a Vitamix. We love the Ascent Series that comes with built-in wireless connectivity that allows the blender base to connect with any SELF-DETECT container allowing you to customize your kitchen tools. Using a high speed blender to make a juice will give you more fiber which is a good thing! Everyone can use a little help when it comes to pushing things out the other end while keeping your gut healthy. We're just sayin', wink, wink.
- Drink immediately and enjoy!
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