Top 10 Immune Boosting Ingredients!

Drugs may not be the only cure for illness…after all food IS the best medicine! That’s why we’ve done the research so you don’t have to. Here’s our top 10 immune supporting ingredients…

1. Rosehip

The rose hip or rosehip (also called rose haw and rose hep) is the accessory fruit of the rose plant and it’s usually a red/orange colour. This small yet mighty fruit is particularly rich in vitamin C which is great news for your body because this means Rosehip contains powerful antioxidant properties!

Suggested Use: Steep one tablespoon of rosehips per cup of hot water. Leave the tea to brew for 15 minutes then strain to remove the fruit. Other ways to consume this nourishing ingredient include rosehip jams, jellies, syrups, soups, pies, breads and condiments.

2. Spirulina

Spirulina is a biomass of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) that can be consumed by not only humans but animals too! There’s a reason that Spirulina is used as a dietary supplement, wholefood AND superfood and that’s because it’s incredibly nutrient dense. This green powder is a rich source of essential nutrients, particularly protein, B vitamins and iron.

Suggested Use: It’s oh so easy to get your daily dose of spirulina. Try stirring a spoonful into water, juices and smoothies or pack into capsules for a 100% natural supplement. You’ll need a capsule machine for that!

3. Hibiscus

So now you know the benefits of Rosehip it’s time to learn all about Hibiscus (then you’ll understand why Rosehip and Hibiscus Blends are so incredibly popular amongst health nuts!) Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family. A tea made from Hibiscus flowers is known for its red colour, tart flavour and vitamin C content. It’s been said that hibiscus tea is also incredibly rich in powerful antioxidants and can even help fight off bacteria!

Suggested Use: A nourishing blend of Rosehip & Hibiscus is easy to prepare at home, simply add to a teapot with boiling water, leave to steep, strain, sweeten if desired and enjoy!

4. Cacao Nibs

This ingredient is your golden ticket to a healthier lifestyle! Unlike other chocolate products, Cacao Nibs are naturally low in sugar, a great source of fibre, protein and healthy fats. Some believe they’re also rich in many minerals including iron, magnesium, phosphorus zinc, manganese AND copper! There’s a reason Cacao is known as “food of the gods”…

Suggested Use: Add a chocolatey flavour and extra texture to your smoothie bowls by sprinkling Organic Cacao Nibs on top, incorporate into baked goods and stir them into your health-giving breakfasts every morning.

5. Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds are the oval grey and black seeds you see every time you search for immune boosting superfoods! Though small in size, Chia Seeds are a rich source of omega 3 (a vegan’s best friend!) That’s not all… these seeds are rich in antioxidants and they even provide much-needed fibre, iron and calcium.

Fun fact: Chia Seeds can absorb up to 12 times their weight in liquid when soaked which gives chia-based foods and beverages a distinctive gel texture.

Suggested Use: Add to bread, cereals, salads and soups. Don’t forget to stir into your breakfast every morning and create healthy chia seed puddings (they’re all the rage at the moment!)

6. Goji Berries

Oh gorgeous Goji Berries, you truly are the superfood of our dreams… The popularity of this red berry started with traditional Vietnamese medicine but now Goji Berries have become a household health food… They’re one of the most talked about superfoods around (and rightfully so!) Everyone needs to benefits from this immune supporting ingredient that holds vital vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These berries are just packed with pure goodness! (It’s even believed that sipping on Goji Berry tea can help fight off a fever.)

Suggested Use: Sprinkle into a cup of boiling water and enjoy the benefits of a nourishing mug of goji berry tea or simply snack on these nutritious dried berries when you’re feeling peckish.

7. Spinach Powder

Everyone’s familiar with the leafy green plant known as Spinach and the fact it’s an unbeatable rich source of vitamin A, B, C, E and K, magnesium, manganese, iron, folate, calcium, potassium and dietary fibre. But did you know just 100g of spinach contains over four times the recommended daily intake of vitamin K? The only thing is… spinach isn’t the most exciting food to munch on which is why we recommend opting for a powdered version for easy everyday use!

Suggested Use: Spinach Powder can be used to make tasty and antioxidant rich smoothies and shakes. Stir into sauces, stocks, stews and casseroles and use in marinades.

8. Green Tea

Herbal teas are a great way to help improve your immune system and battle common symptoms when you’ve become run down with a cold. There has been considerable research on the health effects of this healthy tea which show it’s much more than just a hydrating beverage! Green Tea is known for containing antioxidants that prevent illnesses and minerals that can benefit health. Its time to consider making green tea a regular part of your daily routine

Suggested Use: Steep 2g of Green Tea per 100ml of hot water or 1 teaspoon of green tea per 150ml for one cup. Remember not to steep this tea too long or the water will be bitter!

9. Turmeric

The king of all superfoods! Thanks to its most active compound curcumin, Turmeric has scientifically proven health benefits. This bold and beautiful superfood is believed to help prevent illnesses such as cold and flu. It could have something to do with it’s strong anti-inflammatory properties or maybe it’s the fact it’s rich in antioxidants

Fun fact: It’s important to consume black pepper with turmeric to help absorb the curcumin.  Get the recipe for golden paste here: a quick and easy way to get your daily dose of turmeric. Did you know turmeric can even be used to benefit animal nutrition?

Suggested Use: Use this powder to create Turmeric lattes, smoothies, teas, milks and soup. Find our huge range of turmeric recipes here. It’s believed turmeric is good for skin which is why it’s often incorporated into homemade face mask recipes and cleansing soaps. Try popping turmeric into capsules and take daily as a healthy supplement.

10. Chamomile

Chamomile is a daisy-like plant which is commonly used to make herbal infusions for traditional medicine. It’s believed to reduce pain and many symptoms of the common cold but it’s mostly famous for aiding in a good nights sleep (quality sleep is everything!) It’s believed that dried chamomile can also reduce inflammation and promote digestive health. What can’t this flower do?!

Suggested Use: Steep the dried flowers in hot water for a soothing tea.

 

Remember it’s important to include these ingredients into a well balanced diet and healthy lifestyle!

About the Author

Georgia

As an animal lover and baking enthusiast, Georgia can often be found experimenting with plant-based recipes in her kitchen.

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