Making sure that you get all the vitamins and nutrients you need can be somewhat of a struggle, especially in the morning, where time often seems to be working against you.
However, with a long and productive day ahead of you, what better than to refuel your energy levels before setting off. That way, you’ll be sure to have the strength you need to take on the day.
Here at Endoca, we want to help you be your best at all times, and so we’ve put together a recipe for a smoothie that not only covers your daily need of minerals and nutrients but also gives you that extra boost of raw vitamin C that we all know can work wonders!
What is Raw Vitamin C Good for?
Seeing that our bodies are unable to produce vitamin C themselves, it’s important that we remember to cover our needs through diet and supplements. One way to do this is by adding vitamin C-containing foods such as fruits and vegetables to your meals, while another option is to invest in some raw vitamin C.
Vitamin C is one of many antioxidants. It’s a vitamin that’s needed for normal growth and development, and which has a positive effect on both skin health and the immune system. Not only does it help the body repair and maintain cartilage, bones, and teeth, but it also works towards absorbing iron and healing scar tissues.
Symptoms of vitamin C deficiency include things such as bleeding gums, frequent bruising and infections, poor wound healing, anemia, and scurvy.
And now, let’s move on to the smoothie recipe.
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Aside from getting a delicious breakfast that’s both quick and super easy to make, you also get the added bonus of not having to worry about keeping an eye on your nutritional checklist throughout the day, as it’s all covered from the early hours.
The recipe we’ve come up with is super simple, vegan and fills one big glass of delight. Whether you want to drink it straight away or take with you on the go - that’s entirely up to you.
Let’s get down to business. Here are all the measurements for the recipe followed by an explanation of why each ingredient in the recipe is so powerful and valuable when you wish to maintain good overall health.
- 1 teaspoon of raw rosehips
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon of crushed black pepper
- A small cup of frozen spinach
- A small cup of frozen edamame beans
- A small cup of pomegranate seeds
- A small cup of blueberries
- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 2 dl of plant milk (depending on how thick you prefer it )
- 1/2 teaspoon of MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)
- 1/2 teaspoon of Spirulina
- 3mg ½ teaspoon of Endoca Raw Vitamins & Minerals
What are the Benefits of Raw Vitamin C
Rosehips are above all rich in raw vitamin C and give your immune system a great boost. Vitamin C also works to stimulate the white blood cells, which adds to our body’s overall protection against illness. Aside from vitamin C, rosehips are said to contain a large amount of vitamin A, which helps protect you against infections of all kinds.
Turmeric has recently taken a popular turn. Not only is it the key ingredient in Golden Milk, but it’s also a superfood that we add to our cooking whenever possible. Originally from India, the bright yellow spice is closely related to ginger. In turmeric, there’s an active compound called Curcumin. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in curcumin make it effective in treating and preventing chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
Aside from enhancing the absorption of turmeric, black pepper is beneficial in its very own way. Thanks to its large amount of zinc, iron and magnesium, black pepper does great work for cell growth, bones and blood vessels. In black pepper, we find potassium; a mineral that helps control both heart rate and blood pressure, while improving your stomach’s ability to digest food. Just like many of the other superfoods, black pepper has anti-inflammatory benefits.
Even those who don’t dream of looking like Popeye the Sailorman should have spinach scribbled down on their weekly grocery list. This vegetable contains a ton of nutrients and serves it in a fresh low-calorie package full of vitamin B. Spinach isn’t only rich in iron, it also contains a large amount of vitamin A, which helps promote the production of oil and thus strengthens both hair and skin. Additionally, spinach is a great source of energy.
Edamame beans are a delicious snack and an even better superfood. Due to being plant-based, they contain neither gluten, cholesterol or added sugar. They are low in calories, and they are an excellent choice when it comes to getting the polyunsaturated fats that your body can’t produce itself.
Due to its ties with the fruit family, pomegranate is a true winner, when it comes to finding a source of natural sugar. It’s rich in vitamin C that is known to give you energy, and it helps your body produce collagen, which is one of the proteins that helps strengthen your connective tissue. On top of this, the seeds taste amazing and work very well as a snack on a critical afternoon.
Berries, being the nutritional powerhouse that it is, are widely popular for their long line of benefits. They contain a large amount of both vitamins and minerals along with fibers and antioxidants. Berries have shown effective in helping various digestive and immune-related disorders, and thanks to their strong antioxidant capacity, they can reduce the risk of heart disease and help cure other inflammatory conditions. As an extra bonus, blueberries boost your concentration and sharpen your memory.
Once you’ve gotten over their ability to transform into this funny frogspawn-looking substance, you learn to love them. Chia seeds are a great go-to nutrient when it comes to maintaining good brain health. This is due to their large amount of omega-3 fatty acids. They also serve as a great way to stock up on fiber, antioxidants, and iron.
As a now well-known alternative to cow milk, plant milk has made its way to the hearts of people. Not only is plant milk free of lactose and low in fat, but it offers a healthy combination of mono- and polyunsaturated fats and serves your digestion system well. Whether you’re a fan of soy milk, oat milk or rice milk, this is a good nutrient that also contributes to a delicious texture. In order to sweeten the smoothie a bit, choose plant milk with a vanilla taste.
H3 MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)
MSM is a form of sulfur that is found in plants, animals, and humans. Aside from being a natural remedy for both inflammation and pain, it works to get rid of all the harmful toxins, while allowing nutrients to feed your joints.
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is by some referred to as “the miracle from the sea”. While some argue that it has benefits for a long line of mental and emotional disorders ranging from anxiety and stress to depression and ADHD, it’s commonly used by people to help treat physical conditions such as diabetes, general heart health, and high cholesterol.
These don’t only contain 100% raw organic wild bilberry, but they’re also high on both vitamin A and Polyphenol, also called Feno Chaga. Feno chaga comes from mushrooms and works to strengthen the immune system. In addition to this, it has great potential with both enhancing the protection against pathogens and facilitating stronger inflammatory responses.
As always, we hope you enjoyed the read and will continue to join us on our journey towards a healthy and balanced life. Feel free to send us a message via the chat box in the right-hand corner or drop us an email, if you have any questions or comments. We’ll be more than happy to help you!
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).