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Juice Recipes for Immune Booster Shots Part 1

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Juice Recipes for Immune Booster Shots Part 1

Juice Recipes for Immune Booster Shots Part 1 – Carrot Ginger Anti-Inflammatory Shot

We have shared with you our “Liquid Sunshine Green Juice Recipe”  and other green juice recipes that are equally tasty and healing. However, many people ask us how to use other vegetables, like beets and carrots, in their juice. Beets, carrots, and other root vegetables have unique nutrient profiles and benefits, but are naturally higher in sugar, so we want to use them in moderation. That is why we developed the Immune Booster Shots. These combine superfoods, such as turmeric, ginger, and garlic, which have been proven to be good immune boosting agents, and root vegetables like beets and carrots, that exhibit high anti-inflammatory effects.

Health Promoting Juice Shots: Recipes and Health Benefits of Ingredients

Carrot Ginger Anti-Inflammatory Shot (3 oz)

  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1” piece of ginger

Nutritional Value and Health Benefits of Carrots1-10

  • Carrots, scientific name Daucus carota, are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and dietary fiber.
  • They also constitute an excellent source of carotenoids and vitamin A. 100 grams of fresh carrots contain 8,285 µg of beta-carotene and 16,706 IU of vitamin A1.
  • Research studies show a cancer-preventive effect from daily intake of raw carrots2, and a reduced risk of certain cancers such as colorectal3, lung4, breast5, urothelial6, gastric7, and prostate8.
  • The potent phytochemicals present in carrots, such as carotenoids and flavonoids, may be responsible for some of this protective effect3,9. The high amounts of carotenoid antioxidants, α- and -β-carotene, might have a potential role in cancer prevention, by protecting against reactive oxygen species (ROS).
  • Furthermore, polyacetylene compounds, namely falcarinol and falcarindiol, also seem to exhibit a protective effect against cance21. Carrots are the main dietary source of these bioactive compounds, which have shown anti-proliferative and anti-inflammatory activity3.
  • These plant compounds are inactivated by heating, which means carrots should be consumed raw to draw the most benefit2.
  • Carrots contain modest amounts of vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant that protects the body from free radical damage and are rich in B vitamins, essential for macronutrient metabolism1,10.
  • Some minerals, like potassium, manganese, and copper, are present in good amounts1,10. Manganese, for example, is an essential co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase10.

Nutritional Value and Health Benefits of Ginger11-17

Juice Recipes for Immune Booster Shots Part 1
  • Ginger, scientific name Zingiber officinale, has been used since ancient times for its medicinal and dietary properties, namely anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiproliferative, and anti-microbial11.
  • Ginger is rich in several bioactive compounds including gingerols, shogaols, zingiberene, and zingerone12.
  • These plant chemicals may exert some of the known health-promoting effects of ginger, such as anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, analgesic, antipyretic, and nerve-soothing13.
  • Furthermore, ginger derivatives, whether ginger extracts or isolated compounds, exhibit relevant antiproliferative, antitumor, invasive, and anti-inflammatory activities14.
  • Gingerol constitutes the most pharmacologically active among such compounds, with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties14.
  • Research studies have reported that ginger extract and its major bioactive compound 6-gingerol exert anti-tumor effects in various cancers11.
  • A study published in 2022, demonstrated that “ginger inhibits tumor growth via promoting mitochondrial biogenesis and function of T cells15,” and another published in 2021 showed that “ginger produced preventive effects against colon cancer by regulating multi-targets and multi-pathways with multi-components16.”
  • Gingerols also showed inhibition on the proliferation and metastasis of breast cancer cells and shogaols inhibited metastasis of breast cancer cells through different mechanisms11.
  • A recent review evaluated the anti-cancer mechanisms and therapeutics of ginger and its bioactive compounds. Five points were highlighted: “cytotoxic effect against cancer cell lines, enzyme inhibitory action, combination therapy with chemotherapeutic and phenolic compounds, possible links to the microbiome, and the use of nano-formulations of ginger bioactive compounds as a more effective drug delivery strategy in cancer therapy12.” This shows the myriad of possible applications of ginger and its derivatives for cancer prevention and therapy, supporting the traditional use of ginger in many cultures.
  • Ginger also contains good amounts of certain nutrients, such as B vitamins and vitamin C, and minerals like copper, magnesium, manganese, and iron17.

 

References

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  2. Deding U, Baatrup G, Kaalby L, Kobaek-Larsen M. Carrot Intake and Risk of Developing Cancer: A Prospective Cohort Study. Nutrients. 2023 Jan 29;15(3):678. doi: 10.3390/nu15030678. PMID: 36771385; PMCID: PMC9919376.
  3. Deding U, Baatrup G, Christensen LP, Kobaek-Larsen M. Carrot Intake and Risk of Colorectal Cancer: A Prospective Cohort Study of 57,053 Danes. Nutrients. 2020 Jan 27;12(2):332. doi: 10.3390/nu12020332. PMID: 32012660; PMCID: PMC7071341.
  4. Xu H, Jiang H, Yang W, Song F, Yan S, Wang C, Fu W, Li H, Lyu C, Gan Y, Lu Z. Is carrot consumption associated with a decreased risk of lung cancer? A meta-analysis of observational studies. Br J Nutr. 2019 Sep 14;122(5):488-498. doi: 10.1017/S0007114519001107. Erratum in: Br J Nutr. 2020 Apr 14;123(7):840. PMID: 31552816.
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  6. Luo X, Lu H, Li Y, Wang S. Carrot intake and incidence of urothelial cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Oncotarget. 2017 Aug 3;8(44):77957-77962. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.19832. PMID: 29100438; PMCID: PMC5652827.
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  12. Mahomoodally MF, Aumeeruddy MZ, Rengasamy KRR, Roshan S, Hammad S, Pandohee J, Hu X, Zengin G. Ginger and its active compounds in cancer therapy: From folk uses to nano-therapeutic applications. Semin Cancer Biol. 2021 Feb;69:140-149. doi: 10.1016/j.semcancer.2019.08.009. Epub 2019 Aug 11. PMID: 31412298.
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  15. Deng X, Chen D, Sun X, Dong J, Huang J. Effects of ginger extract and its major component 6-gingerol on anti-tumor property through mitochondrial biogenesis in CD8+ T cells. J Food Sci. 2022 Jun 16. doi: 10.1111/1750-3841.16228. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35708209.
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