Alison is a freelance writer on health, nutrition, skincare, and pets, especially cats and dogs.
Boost your immune system with these great smoothie ingredients!
Natural ingredients to boost your immune system always generate a lot of interest because it is so much nicer to use natural ingredients to help our bodies fight off infection. These smoothie ingredients can be mixed into delicious, nutritious, combinations. Whilst pure fruit smoothies are still the number one seller, sales of smoothies designed to boost immune system are rising the most rapidly. You do not have to spend a lot of money on expensive supplements to give your body extra immunity against colds and flu and other nasties that beset us all, especially in the colder and wetter winter weather, you can boost your immune system and make your own smoothies at home if you know which ingredients to include. I have been doing a lot of research online to find out how I can support my own immune system and here are my top ten smoothie ingredients to boost your immune system!
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My Top Ten Immune Boosting Smoothie Ingredients
1. Probiotics. Use live, natural yoghourt in your smoothie, Probiotics are micro-organisms that support the immune system and the digestive system, and assist the body in fighting disease caused by bacteria and viruses.
2. Blueberries. Blueberries are known for their antiviral and antibacterial properties and are valuable in fighting infections.
3. Citrus fruit. All citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C. Taking 500 mg at the start of a cold will help to prevent respiratory infections. If you are already suffering with a cold, make yourself a citrus smoothie and it will help you get rid of that killer sore throat.
4. Green Tea. Use two cups of green tea as the liquid in your smoothie recipe (make it really strong with four tea bags and leave to cool before use). Green Tea is full of antioxidants to help boost your immune system.
5. Goji Berries. Goji berries will not only give your immune system a powerful tonic as they are rich in antioxidants but will also give you an energy boost and are much prized for this benefit in their native Tibet.
6. Cantaloupe Melon. One quarter of a cantaloupe melon contains 120% of the daily vitamin A requirements and 80% of the body’s vitamin C requirements. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and vitamin A is vital for healthy skin. Skin is the body’s larges organ and it is our first line of defence against infection and illness.
7. Strawberries. Rich in vitamins A, C and B6 and full of antioxidants and flavinoids, strawberries make an excellent addition to any immune boosting smoothie. Interestingly, they are the only fruit known to carry it’s seeds on the outside!
8. Carrots. Carrot juice is packed with vitamin A, vital for immune function and eye health as well as healthy skin. Carrots are very low in calories (the average sized carrot having about 30 calories) so they are a good addition if you are weight-watching too.
9. Spinach. (yes, Spinach!) You are probably thinking that you would not want to add spinach to a smoothie, but here is another hub, with a brilliant spinach smoothie recipe, delicious and simple and guaranteed to be good for our immune systems because it is so rich in antioxidants.
10. Blackberries. Blackberries are rich in the mineral zinc which is especially important for anyone with a weak immune system or who may already be fighting a disease such as cancer. Zinc is beneficial in increasing the number of infection fighting cells in our bodies.
You could go to your health food store and buy a ready-made smoothie but to enjoy them at their most potent, with the freshest ingredients, make them at home in minutes in your blender or smoothie maker.
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Smoothie makers are great! They are versatile too - and there is one to suit every budget. From personal blenders at around $30 to the more expensive counter-top models. Here is a link to an article on my site where I review my top four smoothie makers - under $50, under $100, under $200 and over $200 - check it out, there are some great deals right now!
Top features to look for in a Smoothie Maker
If you do not own a smoothie maker, please use this link to visit my web site, Best Buy Smoothie Maker where you will find lots of top tips on the features to look for and product reviews so you get the right model at the right price.
In addition to several delicious recipes, there is also a blueprint for a basic smoothie to which you can add any combination of fruits from the list above.
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Alison Graham (author) from UK on March 03, 2013:
thanks for your input grapplingfan - a daily smoothie is a great way to get those extra immune boosting nutritional ingredients in one delicious glassful!
grapplingfan from USA, USA, USA! on March 02, 2013:
I love this hub! I have a smoothie for breakfast every morning! Never thought of using green tea before, thanks for the tip!
Alison Graham (author) from UK on August 12, 2012:
thanks @kellyteam, I really appreciate the 'share' too - it is a great way to help get hubs more publicity - I like to share hubs I enjoy too as I think it is a nice way to thank the author and show I appreciate the effort they have put into creating a really good hub.
Willette from Michigan on August 11, 2012:
Great hub Alison. I been trying a few smoothies. I just need some good recipes. Spinach is one of my favorite ingredients. Love the hub.thumbs up and a share.
Alison Graham (author) from UK on June 15, 2012:
Jason, thanks so much for your comment, I have been researching green tea quite a bit just lately and found it is excellent as an additive to homemade skin care treatments too (because of its antioxidant properties)!
jasonhn on June 14, 2012:
Lovely article Alison, thank you for the useful information. I love smoothies but didn't think of using green tea in a smoothie.
pressingtheissue from Pa on February 02, 2012:
Great job on this hub. MMNNnnn Smoothies!
Alison Graham (author) from UK on March 25, 2011:
Hi Hubpageswriter1 - I did check out your article, great recipes, especially the one with blackberries and really nice pictures too.
hubpageswriter1 on March 24, 2011:
useful hub Alison Graham, I always seem to be coming down with a cold or bug. So i better start using some of your ingredients in my smoothies in the morning hey. That reminds me don't know if you would be interested but I've made a hub page on fruit smoothie recipe's here is the url if you want https://hubpages.com/t/1f29db
Alison Graham (author) from UK on June 22, 2010:
Thanks so much for your comment Billy. Flax seed is great, glad to hear you grind your own, I think it loses quite a bit of its goodness if you buy it ready-ground.
billyaustindillon on June 22, 2010:
Alison great hub - I have used a few other things like raspberries and acai too - I also like to grind up some flax seed and put them in. A great way to start the day thanks - great follow up to your smoothies for kids hub too.
Alison Graham (author) from UK on June 17, 2010:
Hi Mulberry, I agree about the cantaloupe. I have been researching different fruits and this one is is very rich in vitamin A and has lots of trace minerals too!
Christine Mulberry on June 17, 2010:
Glad to see canteloupe on the list, that's definitely among my favorites.
Alison Graham (author) from UK on June 15, 2010:
Thank you for your comment Jemmy-T, I haven't tried orange strawberry and carrot but would think that carrot and orange go very well together and you could always add some coriander leaves too!
Jemmy-T from Lovely Home on June 15, 2010:
I love smoothie, but I prefer to combine some fruits especially orange, strawberry and carrot combo. Very useful hub.
Alison Graham (author) from UK on June 10, 2010:
Thanks for your comment, I agree about probiotics and think that the positive health benefits are huge!
Research Analyst on June 09, 2010:
This is a great list of smoothie ingredients, I have been reading a lot about probiotics as a really great health alternative.