THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED ON SUPER HEALTHY KIDS.
Superior nutrition can keep your kids from catching every bug that goes around this winter. Sometimes however, super bugs invade their lives, and even with the best nutrition, they can get sick. We have a smoothie with the super foods that can not only boost their protection, but also help recover faster if they do get sick!
“Certain plant foods contain significant amounts of substances that enhance human immune function and defenses against acute illness and chronic disease.” There are a food plant foods that more than any others have the MOST of these substances! These include cruciferous veggies, mushrooms, garlic and onions, pomegranates, berries, and seeds. (Source: Super Immunity By Joel Fuhrman).
The Foods that Fight the Flu
Green, flowering vegetables that include kale, cabbage, and broccoli are considered cruciferous vegetables. Blending cruciferous veggies in a blender for a smoothie breaks the cell walls that cause a chemical reaction. This produces a substance called isothiocyanates which have been proven to have powerful immune boosting effects. Studies have shown they actually attack microbes such as viruses.
Compounds in cruciferous vegetables enhance defenses against bacterial infections as well, including those infections that become antibiotic resistant! A protein in cruciferous veggies activate a gene that produce protective compounds that protect from inflammation and disease.
We used kale for our smoothie, cause it just sounds tastier than a cabbage or broccoli smoothie.