I believe the best way to activate the power within the immune system is by ingesting certain superherbs and superfoods. What’s the easiest way to incorporate the maximum of superfoods into your daily routine.  You guessed it right – make Superfood smoothies.

It’s easy and quick to make, portable, that you can have it on the go and filling to keep your energy going and it’s the easiest way to  ‘Sneak’ More Vegetables Into Your Diet’.

Superfoods are vibrant, nutritionally dense foods that have recently become widely available and which offer tremendous dietary and healing potential.  There is no official or legal definition of a superfood.

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The Oxford English dictionary, for example, describes a superfood as “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being”, [1] and MedicineNet says that so-called superfoods may have an unusually high content of antioxidants, vitamins, or other nutrients [2].

Generally speaking, superfoods refer to foods — especially fruits and vegetables — whose nutrient content confers a health benefit above that of other foods.

For a healthy immunity you need three major antioxidant vitamins: beta-carotene, vitamin C,E, and beta glucan. You’ll find them in colorful fruits and vegetables, especially those with purple, blue, red, orange, and yellow hues.

Also check out these Superfoods that fight colds

5 superfoods for immune boosting smoothies

1. Camu camu berry

This South American Amazonian plant is touted for the highest content of natural vitamin C. A powerful antioxidant, vitamin C is thought to reduce inflammation, protect the heart from stroke, and boost immunity to cold and flu. [3]

2. Ginger

This pungent herb has been a mainstay in Asian medicine for centuries to treat upset stomach, migraines, pain, nausea, and vomiting according to Researchgate.net and sciencedirect.com [4].

3. Ashwaganda

In Ayurvedic healing, ashwaganda boasts a long history of medicinal use as a vital herb. Also known as Indian ginseng for its rejuvenating and anti-inflammatory properties, it strengthens the immune system and works as a general tonic to increase energy and prolong longevity.

Ashwaganda is recognized as a potent adaptogen, which augments the body’s resistance against stress.  Stress suppresses immune system and Ashwaganda helps to bring the balance to the body.

4. Reishi mushroom

This “mushroom of immortality” is a fungus not to be underestimated. The beta glucan in mushrooms is also thought to bolster the immune system, reports HealthCheckSystems.com. Also known to contain phytonutrients and polysaccharides, mushrooms are thought to have anti-cancer properties, according to a review in the November 2010 issue of “Experimental Biology and Medicine.” [5,6]

5. Honey

It contains many antibacterial and antiseptic components, like hydrogen peroxide, methulglyoxal and bee defensin-1. Also, the appearance of friendly bacteria, like 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria may also be a reason for honey’s healing properties.

5 superfood smoothie ideas for a major immunity boost

In the laboratory, honey has been shown to hamper the growth of food-borne pathogens such as E. coli and salmonella, and to fight certain bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, both of which are common in hospitals and doctors’ offices. But whether it does the same in people hasn’t been proven. [7]

Other great sources for superfoods to use for immune boosting smoothie:

For Beta-carotene and other carotenoids: carrots, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, watermelon
For Vitamin C: berries, grapefruit, kale, kiwi, papaya and red or yellow peppers
For Vitamin E: carrots, mangoes, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red peppers, spinach, and sunflower seeds
For Zinc and selenium: nuts
Antioxidants: acai or goji berries, raw cacao nibs, spirulina, cinnamon, coconut oil, avocado, chia seeds, maca, pomegranates, sprouts, turmeric, wheat grass.

Some of the best qualities could be lost if these superfoods are cooked.  That’s why I feel that eating raw by making superfood smoothies is a way to go.

One of my favorite recipes:

Berry immune boosting superfood smoothie

– 1 cup green tea (great antioxidant) or may substitute with kombucha tea for an extra extra probiotic
– 1 cup organic blueberries (great antioxidant)
– Handful of organic baby spinach (high levels of chlorophyll and health promoting carotenoids) or handful of parsley if you have a thyroid problem
– 1 ½ Tbs hempseeds (superfood providing you with a balanced ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, vitamin A, E and D, and many B vitamins. It is also rich in sodium, calcium, dietary fiber and iron
– 1Tbs pumpkin seeds (rich source of zinc)
– 1 Tbs baobab powder (superfood packed with Vit C)
– 1Tbs bee pollen (Dr. Gabriel Cousens MD, has listed bee pollen as one of his 22 most recommended food energies)
– 1tsp reishi powder
– 1 tsp Ashwaganda
– ½ tsp camu camu
– Honey to taste

Blend it all well and enjoy  your Superfood Smoothie

“No food, including those labelled ‘superfoods’, can compensate for unhealthy eating,” explains Alison Hornby, a dietitian and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association (BDA).  What is ultimately the most important to good health and boosting your immunity is a dietary pattern that includes superfoods, along with a wide variety of other nutritious foods and regular physical activity.

References:

Oxford English Dictionary, online edition, entry superfood, www.oxforddictionaries.com.
MedicineNet, www.medterms.com
Journal of Cardiology Volume 52, Issue 2, October 2008, Pages 127–132
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0914508708001500
http://www.uky.edu/Research/Superfund/images/pdf/SpicingUpYourImmuneSystem!.pdf
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22135873
http://ebm.sagepub.com/content/235/11/1306.abstract
WebMD www.webmd.com, entry medicinal uses of honey

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