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5 Cold Fighting Juices

Your immune system is constantly active, figuring out which cells belong to your body and which don’t. This means the immune system needs a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals to keep its energy up and going. The following recipes are packed with essential nutrients for everyday health or for fighting off the cold and flu. Learn which immunity-enhancing nutrients each juice has so you can start your mornings off with a refreshing boost to your body’s natural defenses.

Apple, carrot, and orange juice for Immunity-

Carrots, apples, and orange are a winning combination for helping your body protect itself and fight off infections.

Orange and grapefruit for Immunity-

Vitamin C has antioxidant and other properties that protect your cells from substances that damage the body. A deficiency of vitamin C can lead to delayed wound healing, inability to properly fight infections, and impaired immune response. Fortunately, this citrus explosion by The Black Peppercorn contains more than enough of your daily intake of vitamin C.

Homemade tomato juice for Immunity-

The best way to be sure your tomato juice is fresh and without added ingredients is to make it yourself. The Balance, a site about frugal living, has a wonderful recipe for homemade tomato juice. The best part is that no juicer or blender required, although you’ll want to strain the bits and pieces through a sieve. Tomatoes are rich in folate, which help lower your risk of infections.

Kale, tomato, and celery for Immunity-

Kale is a staple for many green juices, but the Kale Mary — Serious Eats’ take on a bloody Mary — is truly one of a kind. Instead of cutting the taste of kale with fruits, this recipe uses tomato and celery juice, adding more than enough vitamin A. The horseradish in this recipe may also provide anti-inflammatory benefits. Blend it up for a drink that’ll awaken your senses.

Beet, carrot, ginger, and turmeric for Immunity-

This fortifying juice by Gourmands in the Kitchen has four root vegetables that’ll help your immune system and decrease inflammatory symptoms. Inflammation is often an immune response to infections. It can cause flu or cold symptoms like a runny nose, coughs, and body aches. People who have rheumatoid arthritis may especially benefit from drinking this juice, as the turmeric and ginger have anti-inflammatory effects.