Infuse your body with antioxidants by starting with this smoothie! A group of nutrients called polyphenols have been dubbed one of the most important group of nutrients in terms of their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer health benefits. Several types of cancer, risk of heart disease and degenerative diseases of the nervous system (Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, etc.) can all be reduced by consuming a diet rich in polyphenols.
Blackberries contain a high concentration of polyphenols, and contain the highest level of antioxidants when compared to other berries like blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. This is mainly due to their dark blue hues, which is a sign that these berries pack some serious body-healing powers! This also goes for other dark-hued fruit and vegetables like cabbage, beets, dark red cherries and dark leafy greens. The darker the colour, the higher the nutritional punch!
- 2 cups organic blackberries
- 1 cup papaya
- 1 cup young thai coconut water
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla powder
Blend the above ingredients in a blender such as the Vitamix, and serve!