Make a batch of these Immune Boosting Smoothie Cubes with Elderberry Syrup for colds and flu, sinus infections, seasonal allergies, and general wellness. Each cube is jam-packed with ingredients specially selected for their immune-boosting capabilities.
Smoothie cubes are a great way to add some extra nutrition into your smoothies by tapping into nature’s farm-acy to stay healthy and strong, so let’s break down each ingredient and its role in boosting the immune system.
Black Elderberry Syrup For Colds – An Age-Old Remedy
One of the oldest natural remedies for cold, flu, and sinus infections is a syrup made from elderberries. Black elderberries (Sambucus nigra) are a small, firm berry that are a deep, almost-black purple color that grow in Europe and parts of North America.
Like other berries and jewel-toned fruits, they contain vitamin C, anthocyanins, and other antioxidants. Vitamin C is important for a strong, healthy immune system. The other properties in elderberries may have anti-inflammatory benefits, including the reduction of swelling in the mucus membranes that are commonly associated with cold and flu. (Make your own elderberry syrup!)
The Sunshine Vitamin: Vitamin D₃
Vitamin D₃ can be synthesized by the human body with sufficient UV-B exposure via the sun; it is often called the “Sunshine Vitamin.” Nowadays a lot of us don’t get outside as often as we should or as time permits. As such, it becomes important to supplement D₃ to prevent a deficiency. Vitamin D₃ is important in preventing certain autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis (especially in women during menopause; it aids in calcium absorption), and even some cancers.
It’s fairly common for someone to be feeling fatigued and just generally under-the-weather. One can go to the doctor, and take blood tests can come back and show low levels of vitamin D. In short, deficiencies are common, so it doesn’t hurt to supplement a bit.