13 December 2013

The Most Effective Immune Booster Drinks

Welcome to flu season! Apart from the flu itself, the high chance of catching a cold in the winter is reason enough to look for a cheap and effective way to boost your immune system.

If, like me, you are looking for ways to be healthy without medicines and with the help of Mother Nature (and a blender/juicer) you can now make the cheapest immune booster drinks and add daily variations to suit your taste.

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What's the secret ingredient in an immune booster drink?

The most important thing to remember is that foods rich in carotenoids boost your immune system. Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables have high vitamin A activity because of the carotenoids they contain. The deeper the color of the fruit or vegetable the higher the concentration of carotenoids. Green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, and asparagus also contain large amounts of carotenoids.

Carotenoids are a group of A vitamins that includes beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein, all of which boost the immune function, promote healthy skin and bones, and fight against serious diseases, including lung cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease.

Foods rich in carotenoids
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Melon
  • Watermelon
  • Apricots
  • Spinach 
  • Broccoli
  • Potatoes
  • Asparagus
It is best to eat 9 to 10 servings daily of the above mentioned fruits and vegetables high in caretonoids, but if you prefer you can juice or blend them by themselves or in any given combination. Let your imagination run wild, there is no chance of making a mistake.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that this information is only meant as a guideline and in no way replaces the advice or treatment provided by your medical practitioner. It is always good to seek the advice of your physician, homeopath, naturopath, or herbalist for professional advice in any matter related to your health. This article is for information purposes only.