Vitamin C Boost Powder Blend
Vitamin C, a water-soluble vitamin, is well known for its role in supporting a healthy immune system.
Unfortunately, our bodies cannot make vitamin C. All sources agree that the best way to get
vitamin C is through the foods we eat. Enter, Vitamin C Powder Blend - an easy way to boost
your vitamin C with a variety of dried fruits (and one flower), all packed with vitamin C,
as well as other vital nutrients.
A pleasant, fruity sour
Acerola fruit, Amla fruit, Hawthorn berries, Hibiscus flower, Lemon peel, Orange peel, Rosehips
INTERESTING INFORMATION ABOUT INGREDIENTS
Acerola fruit - Extremely rich in vitamin C, only outdone by rosehips. Also a rich source of vitamin A.
Amla fruit - Also known as Indian Gooseberry, much used in the Ayurvedic tradition, and often
promoted (on social media) to be the most antioxidant rich fruit on the planet! That may be a bit of a stretch, but regardless, very high in vitamin C, so I included it.
Hawthorn berries - Well known as a superb heart and circulatory tonic, also packed with antioxidants/vitamin C. I included it in the blend as a bit of extra support for the circulatory system, figuring it might help with delivering the rich antioxidants of the blend throughout the body.
Hibiscus flower - Imparts a lovely deep pink color along with a lovely taste. And, of course, high in antioxidants/vitamin C
Lemon peel - well deserved reputation for vitamin C content, it also imparts a lovely taste to the blend. I always think lemon peel (or juice) help to make a beverage taste "clean".
Orange peel - don't need to say much here - high in vitamin C and tastes great!
Rosehips - one of nature's highest sources of vitamin C. Also rich in pectin, a prebiotic that helps to populate the gut with healthy bacteria, aid digestion, and enhance absorption of vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients.
DIRECTIONS AND TIPS
Add ¼ - ½ teaspoon to 8 ounces hot water or warmed milk, let steep a few minutes, and drink up!
To get the nutritional benefits from the entire herbs, stir occasionally while drinking your beverage, or add any residual powder in the bottom of your mug to whatever you might be eating.
Add to any beverage for an herbal boost
Add to a nut butter for a tasty dip
Add to smoothies, oatmeal, soups... use your imagination!
LUANN'S THOUGHTS ABOUT "VITAMIN C BOOST POWDER BLEND"
(Not based on any fancy studies - just my observations from using it and background info on why I made it)
- Vitamin C is water soluble, which is why there is concern about its loss when cooking fruits and vegetables. No worries with this powder blend as you are consuming the entire herb and the water. If the heat is a concern to you, simply add to cool or warm liquid or foods.
- I use this blend in some way almost every day, believing that nutrients in the foods we eat are easiest for our body to assimilate as compared to supplements. Also, Vitamin C, as well as the many other antioxidants in fruits and vegetables, are not stored in our body and need to be replaced regularly.
- I think this blend tastes great. If it's too sour for you, just add some honey or other sweetener. Or mix it in with dates, which taste too sweet to me!