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Vitamin C Smoothie for a Strong Immune System

If anything, during the pandemic we have learned the importance of consuming vitamin C on a regular basis to both keep the immune system strong and viruses at bay. There are many benefits to this vitamin. According to our founder, Dr. Juan Rivera, vitamin C helps with clotting, provides healthier skin, and reduces inflammation in the body, among other benefits. Although supplements are important, the doctor recommends including foods rich in vitamin C in our diet, such as tomato juice, orange juice, strawberries, pineapple, papaya, and lemon.

Smoothies are refreshing and make a great snack. Below is a simple and light recipe, rich in vitamin C, to support your immune system.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)

  • 2 oranges

  • 2 fresh mint leaves

  • 1 hibiscus tea bag

  • 2 cups of filtered or boiled water

  • Contents of 1 vitamin C capsule

  • Ice (Optional)

  • Stevia (Optional)

Directions:

Start by preparing the hibiscus infusion: boil a cup of water and add the tea. Let it steep for a few minutes and put it in the fridge to cool. Separately, juice the two oranges and add to the blender with a few ice cubes, handful of strawberries, the cooled off tea, the vitamin C capsule, mint leaves, and the remaining cup of water. Add stevia to your liking and enjoy!

What is this smoothie good for?

  • Vitamin C is an essential micronutrient for good health that contributes by strengthening the immune system and supporting the proper performance of several cellular functions. (1)

  • Vitamin C deficiency leads to impaired immunity and increased susceptibility to infections. Vitamin C supplements can prevent and treat respiratory infections. (2)

  • Strawberries are high in vitamin C and polyphenols, which are components with excellent antioxidant properties, making them a good option to prevent the development of some diseases. Strawberries can be a good alternative to reduce oxidative stress. (3)

  • Hibiscus tea, meanwhile, not only adds delicious flavor to your smoothie, but is backed up by science. Research shows the extract of the hibiscus plant contains vitamin C. (4)

  • The ever-popular orange juice is known to be a delicious source of vitamin C, but it also provides other nutrients such as potassium, folic acid, magnesium, and vitamin A. Consuming orange juice is associated with improved dietary quality in both children and adults. (5)

If you want to strengthen your immune system and have a refreshing drink any time of day, this shake is will be an important addition to your health regimen – and an extra tasty bonus for your appetite!

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