Juice Against the Common Cold

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The Common Cold

The average adult gets 2-4 colds per year. With each episode of the common cold virus lasting 1-2 weeks, this time spent laying in bed sick has a huge effect on things like employment and family life.

Luckily, there are a number of natural common cold-fighting plants in nature, the medicinal and preventative powers of which can be harnessed through juicing.

 

The Perfect Juice against the Common Cold

Juicing concentrates the active anti-viral compounds in the following plants, so brewing them together can create a potent shield against attached of the common cold.

 

Start with Elderberry Extract

In a number of studies, elderberries and elderberry extracts have been found to be effective against the common cold virus. They contain compounds that reduce inflammation in the body, and boost the immune system. They can, however, cause an upset stomach if eaten raw, so they are best cooked before being added to a juice, or purchased as an extract.

 

Spice it up with Ginger Root

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Ginger root is a classic immune system balancer. Not only does it add a flavour punch to a juice, it also promotes healthy digestion and circulation, and has antibacterial properties.

Ginger root has been used as an herbal medicine for centuries for good reason, and in addition to being a potent natural medicine, it complements a number of other flavours well. Sweet tastes like citrus and mellow flavors like banana blend well with the rich spiciness of ginger root.

 

Add Vitamin C: Citrus and More

There is little doubt that vitamin C helps the immune system. When most people thing of vitamin C, they think of citrus. However, citrus fruits are just the tip of the iceberg in providing this important common cold fighting nutrient.

Leafy greens like kale, chard, and cabbage also contain high levels of vitamin C.

Additionally, more exotic ingredients to a juice like rosehips and sea buckthorn berries can contain many times the vitamin C of citrus fruits.

 

Add a Shot of Echinacea

Echinacea is a flower, but an extract is sold over-the counter as a proven immune-system booster, which can drastically cut down the time spent suffering with a cold. 1-2 ml of an echinacea extract is enough to add to a juice to harness it’s medicinal power.

 

Sweeten it with Raw Honey

Raw, unpasteurised honey contains everything from antibacterial, antiviral, and antioxidant compounds. It’s nature’s superfood, and it’s sweet and delicious to boot!

 

 

Enjoy!

Enjoy the benefits of nature’s natural medicines, and make a delicious juice to boot. Drink this concoction at the first signs of being ill, and it will reduce the time spent suffering with sickness, and help prevent future episodes of the common cold.

 

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