Can you believe that a drink that’s actually delicious and refreshing can act as a cure? We are used to thinking of ‘medicine’ as a repelling thing, but this wouldn’t be the case if we went back to the knowledge of the healing power of plants!
I am not suggesting that you suddenly swap your prescribed meds for fruits and veggies, but I am suggesting that you can use them as preventive medicine, and certainly they are your best bet in the very early symptoms of a cold, a flu, or even chronic fatigue.
The plants with very bright, deep colors that are usually very hard to wash off your clothes if you manage to stain them are most often the ones with the strongest healing properties!
One such plant is the blackcurrant. They are a highly underestimated powerplant!
Blackcurrants contain four times the Vitamin C found in oranges ,and double the amount of antioxidants in blueberries. The benefits of vitamin C are many. The body uses vitamin C to metabolize protein and form collagen, which is essential for skin care and anti-aging.
In addition to vitamin C, blackcurrants have plenty of antioxidants and anthocyanins. These can help strength your immune system, soothe sore throats, and ease flu symptoms.
Blackcurrant leaves also have a range of properties, including:
Grape-based drinks like wine and juice are known to help decrease plaque buildup, but blackcurrant juice, as well as pomegranate juice, is far more potent. Blackcurrant is high in potassium and GLA, which can help lower your blood pressure too. The GLA also helps cells in your heart resist damage and slows down platelet clumping in your blood vessels.
In addition, one study found that blackcurrant powder increased heart blood flow and decreased overall peripheral resistance. This suggests that blackcurrant may help you recover after exercise.
Make your own blackcurrant drink to massively boost energy and fight flu symptoms in the morning!
1 cup blackcurrant juice (I found some at Whole Foods)
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup ice cubes (or coconut water ice cubes, my fave)
1/2 cup plain or vanilla soy yogurt
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
2-3 dashes of cayenne
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
garnish: thawed frozen blueberries
optional: 1/2 cup frozen blackberries (add a tad more juice to compensate)
optional: 1 frozen banana for a thicker, less-sweet/tart flavor)
optional: sub frozen with fresh berries, (your smoothie will be less frozen, more silky)
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