There are a whole host of health benefits from drinking vegetable juices. But are there vegetable juices that boost immune system? Some of these vegetables also contain phytochemicals www.jljuicer.comntioxidants but also prevent cancer for example our great friend broccoli.
In this article, we will look into a type of vegetable called kale.
I must admit I don’t know how to cook kale very well. My current repertoire of kale inspired recipes are limited and at best only one of them is good enough to be shared to my fellow readers.
Incidentally, that once recipe happens to be a vegetable juice.
Kale – How This Vegetable Boosts Our Immune System
Kale contains high levels of folate and Vitamin C which is even higher when consumed in its most raw form. Folate is an immune booster. It also contains Vitamin A which is also another antioxidant. It also contains carotenoids and flavonoids albeit at a lower concentration than fruits but this also helps our body fight cancer.
Apart from helping us to boost our immunity, it also has very low calories, contains high amounts of fibre and has ZERO fat.
If you have no idea how kale looks like, this picture will tell you
This is my kale juice recipe that you should try at home
4 cups chopped Kale leaves
2 Cherry tomatoes
10 stalks of celery, chopped
A little bit of horseradish
Instructions: Blend all ingredients in the following order. Add milk in the mixture and stir throughly and voila! you’ve got yourself a delicious kale juice recipe that will boost your immunity.
An alternative to this recipe which you may find interesting is this:
4 cups chopped Kale leaves
8 stalks of celery
Instructions: Blend all ingredients above and stir thoroughly.
My personal favourite is still the first one.
Check out this Video on Another Amazing Kale Juice Recipe that I’ve just tried
Cruciferous Vegetables Boosts Our Immune System Too!
Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower belong to this family of vegetables.
I used to be not a great fan of these types of vegetables because they are slightly chewy to eat and they take a little longer to cook so that it gets softer. These days, I prefer having a little bit of crunch when eating them but they are also great juicing recipes that take advantage of the immune boosting effects of these vegetables.
There are quite a few studies carried out to investigate the antioxidant properties of these types of vegetables. Although, broccoli still comes up tops as strongest all these vegetables help boost our immune system because compounds like sulforaphane, indole 3-carbinol and crambene have been shown to activate detoxification enzymes. These detoxification enzyme again reduce oxidative stress on cells around our body including our immune system which helps our body fight various diseases and cancer cells.
Try this recipe that makes the most out of cruciferous vegetables
2 beet green leaves
1 cup cauliflower
4 medium broccoli spears
Juice all ingredients in the order listed
Stir and serve immediately.
N.B This recipe can also be found in our juicing recipes for energy article.
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