I am always looking for ways to truly use my food as medicine. Smoothies provide an excellent opportunity to do just that. I will admit. Sometimes, I get carried away and then my smoothies really are just medicine. But if you do it right, you can pack a healthy kick into your smoothie without sacrificing taste.
Powdered herbs blend nicely into smoothies without changing the texture or taste. Here are a few herbs that I often add to my smoothies. Please talk to a qualified healthcare professional to determine which herbs are appropriate for you.
- Gotu kola: reduces inflammation, increases energy, improves memory, promotes hair and nail growth, improves connective tissue and skin elasticity (contraindicated in pregnancy)
- Gingko: reduces inflammation, antioxidant, improves memory (caution with anticoagulant therapy and bleeding disorders)
- Moringa: antioxidant, high in vitamins and minerals
- Curcumin: reduces inflammation, antioxidant, lowers cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, prevents tumor formation
- Flaxseed oil: contains omega 3 fatty acids, supports normal hormone function
- Spirulina: high in protein, contains antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, supports immune function
So how much should you add to your smoothies? I suggest adding 1 TBSP total of powders and 1 TSBP of oil for the best consistency. However, the best dose depends on what is appropriate for your health and which brands you are using. So talk to a qualified healthcare professional about what is appropriate for you.
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I'm Dr. Carly and my mission is to create a health revolution. I believe that another prescription is not the answer. I believe in using natural therapies that go beyond the symptoms. And I believe that doctors should spend way more than 7 minutes with a patient.