(Go here for Part 1 of 'Superfood Series')
It's that wonderful time of year again. The sniffles, sneezes, coughs and runny noses abound.
What's a mother to do? Rather than encourage you to reach for that synthetic absorbic acid in pill or powder form, I want to suggest an alternative. I use and love Acerola Powder. It is my natural source of Vitamin C.
Vitamin C, as I am sure you all know, cannot be produced or stored by our bodies. Yet, it is of vital importance to our heatlh (as too many sailors had to learn the hard way!). This means that in order to have sufficent amouts of Vitamin C, we must consume it.
To help my body fight of colds this time of year I take Acerola Powder. One teaspoon gives me approximately 150 mg's of Vitamin C.
But What is Acerola Powder?
Alternatively known the Barbados or West Indian cherry, Acerola berries are thought to have originated in Yucatan. In addition to large amounts of Vitamin C, Acerola contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, carotenoids and bioflavonoids. It is chock full of nutrients. It helps the body form collagen, heal wounds, strengthen teeth and bones, fights cancer, ward off the flu and fight colds. No wonder it's considered a "Super Fruit".
Acerola powder is simply the Acerola berry in a dried, powdered form. Because it is a fruit, and not a synthetic knock-off, the vitamin C in the Acerola berry is better absorbed by our bodies.
So, when I start to feel like I might be fighting off a cold or flu I will either mix a couple teaspoons with water and drink it, or I will make myself this smoothie:
Fall-Fighter Smoothie1 ripe avocado
1 frozen banana
1-2 tsp Acerola powder (Get it here.)
1/2 cup apple sauce
Place all ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth. Enjoy!1 cup water
Here's to staying healthy this Fall season! Wishing you all the best! <3
(Curious what brand I buy for Acerola Powder? See it here.)
What are your tips for helping fight of colds this season? Please share them in the comments below! I would love to know.
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