10 Simple Juices to Jump Start Your Immune System
Fruits and vegetables are great sources of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that can help you achieve optimal immune health. However, some people may find it difficult to consume the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
These quick, easy, and delicious juice recipes pack in a variety of fruits and vegetables to help your body fight off the cold and flu this season. All you need is a juicer!
Carrot Apple Pear Juice
Carrots are a great source of beta-carotene, a substance in plants that is converted into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A plays an essential role in regulating the immune system and helps the body fight off infections, and helps keep enough T-cells, also known as fighter cells, in circulation. It also boosts the activity of white blood cells, which defend the body from foreign substances (NIH, 2008).
Orange Grapefruit Juice
Oranges, grapefruits, and limes are citrus fruits that all contain a good source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and protects cells from substances that damage the body. Vitamin C promotes white blood cell and antibody production, which help fight off foreign invaders. A deficiency in vitamin C can lead to delayed wound healing, inability to properly fight infections, and impaired immune response (NIH, 2006). This juice is a vitamin C monster.
Kool Kale Juice
Kale has gained a great deal of popularity in the past few years. Not only is it a tasty and versatile vegetable, but it’s also loaded with numerous vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Kale is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, vitamin B6, copper, and iron, which are all beneficial for immune health. This recipe also uses beets, which are a good source of folate, a vitamin that helps your body produce DNA and RNA, which are needed for the production of white blood cells.
Tomato Garden Delight
This delightful combination of ingredients is a powerhouse of immune protecting properties. The tomato is a secret fruit (i.e., it’s not a vegetable—surprised?) and it’s also a great source of vitamin C and vitamin A, two vitamins that play an integral part in immune health.
This juice will satisfy your flavor palette. Strawberries, mangoes, and lime are also great sources of vitamin C and vitamin A. If you choose to include wheat germ, you will gain the added benefit of vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and helps to protect immune cells from harmful oxidative damage.
This juice is a combination of three root vegetables, which independently contain immune boosting properties. Celery contains vitamin C, vitamin A and folate, but the true secret to this juice is in the leaves. Celery leaves are a wonderful source of vitamins A and E. Beet leaves contain an ample amount of vitamins C and A.
This juice is a wonderful combination of healthy green leafy vegetables. Kale, spinach, and parsley provide a significant amount of nutrients including, magnesium, folate, and vitamin B6, which play important roles in optimal immune health. Vitamin B6 in particular plays an important role in immune cell proliferation and antibody production.
Kiwi Strawberry Juice
Strawberries and kiwis are sweet and tasty fruits that are filled with vitamin C. What makes this juice even better is the added benefit of mint. Mint is not only a great herb that gives this juice a fresh kick, but it’s a good source of folate, vitamin A, magnesium, and zinc. Insufficient magnesium intake may weaken the immune system and leave the body at risk for infection.
Pumpkin Power Juice
Pumpkin is not only a delicious vegetable, but also a good source of vitamin A. What makes this juice even better is the inclusion of pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are filled with immune boosting vitamins such as vitamin E, B6, and zinc. Zinc is an important mineral that helps to increase the production of fighter T-cells, white blood cells, and antibodies that all help the body fight off infection.
Watermelon is a great source of vitamin A, which helps the body fight off infection. Pineapple and oranges contain an ample amount of vitamin C.
More Resources for Staying Healthy
Juicing is one of the tastier ways to stay healthy, but there are still plenty of things you can do boost your immune system before you fall victim to cold and flu season.
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