Immune Boosting Smoothie Recipe
In this smoothie, we have included a number of ingredients that are rich in nutrients or compounds that have been associated with supporting immune function and balance.
Let’s kick things of with Brazil nuts. These nuts are exceptionally rich in selenium and selenium which has been shown to help enhance immune response. Deficiencies in selenium have been shown to lead to a slower immune response.
Cherries, yellow pepper and pineapple are rich on phytonutrients and vitamin C, which may help to manage oxidative stress in the body and manage inflammation, helping to support immune function.
Elderberries have been linked with reducing the severity of viruses by supporting the immune response to infection.
Reishi mushroom otherwise known as Ganoderma Lucidum has been shown to be an effective immune modulator. In cancer research over the past 5-10 years has been shown to help maintain immune function during cancer treatments.
We also included pumpkin seeds for their high zinc content. For bonus points when making your smoothie, try soaking them overnight as this will help to make the nutrients within the seed more bioavailable.
If you want to support your immune system naturally, then proper nutrition is a great starting place, couple that with appropriate sleep, stress management, appropriate levels of exercise and optimising your body composition and you are on for a winner.
- Brazil nuts 6 (18g)
- Frozen cherries 50g
- Pineapple 50g
- Cacao 1 tbsp
- Yellow bell pepper
- Dried Elderberries 1 tbsp 6g
- Reishi Mushroom Powder (2.5-5grams)
- Pumpkin seeds 1 tbsp 15g
- water 200ml
- Kcal 359
- Protein 12g
- Fat 23g
- Net Carbs 20g
- Fibre 12g