Made with Turmeric, Ginger, Lemon & Apple the Flu Shot is a year round favourite of many of our customers. Take as a daily shot to keep the bugs at bay, or just when you feel the onset of a cold to boost the immune system.
Many of our customers swear by the Flu Shot and have not had a serious cold for the last couple of years, since starting to take them regularly.
But what is it about these ingredients that help?
Turmeric (Curcuma longa), is one of the main spices in Indian dishes and is arguably the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease. It has many healing properties with over 10,000 peer-reviewed articles published proving turmeric benefits.
Turmeric is the root stalk of a tropical plant that's part of the ginger family. One of the main components of the spice is a substance called curcumin which has potentially healing properties.
It's widely available in a dried powder form in supermarkets. The spice is used in lots of Asian dishes, mustards and pickles. We use the powdered form as a supplement in some of our juices, but the Flu Shot we use fresh root turmeric. We buy our fresh turmeric from the Central Market, but it is also available from speciality Asian and Chinese food shops.
We also sell turmeric based supplements at our Colomberie Health Shop.
Turmeric has been used for many thousands of years in Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine for conditions including heartburn, diarrhoea, stomachbloating, colds, fibromyalgia and depression. Followers of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine also sometimes apply turmeric to the skin for ringworm and infected wounds as it's said to have anti-bacterial properties.
In more recent years there have been some studies carried out on the effects of curcumin. However, there is little reliable evidence to support the use of turmeric for health conditions because too few clinical trials have been carried out so far.
Laboratory studies have shown the benefits of turmeric for the following conditions:
Alzheimer's disease and dementia
When we talk about ginger for health we are referring to root ginger, which is knobbly looking root of the ginger plant. Root ginger is now available from most supermarkets and green grocers.
Ginger has traditionally been used to provide relief for travel sickness and upset stomachs (who can remember their Mum packing ginger biscuits for those rough boat trips when we ere kids!). Ginger is also well known for helping women with 'morning sickness' which, as it can happen at any time in the day, is more accurately described as 'nausea and vomiting in pregnancy'.
Ginger has properties rich in anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer; providing natural remedy for numerous disorders.
Ginger is known to have more than twelve types of anti-oxidants, making it useful for treatment of many disorders. Like other spices, it has aphrodisiac properties and is used widely for medicinal purposes.
Ginger is a natural aphrodisiac, which might be a better substitute to viagra! Drink hot ginger tea (by mixing ginger juice, hot water and raw honey) after a not-too-heavy meal and see it work...
More does not mean better. Ginger does contain moderate amounts of oxalate. Individuals with a history of oxalate-containing kidney stones should avoid over-consuming ginger or its juice.
The soothing effects of honey and lemon are well known when we have any sort of cold or flu, so it is no surprise that lemon is one of the ingredients of our Flu Hot.
Lemons contain outstanding phytochemicals that are high in anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties. They are potent detoxifiers with anti-biotic effect that is protective against bacterial poisoning. The anti-viral properties in lemon fight infections and halt the progress of the common cold.
Take the juice of two lemons in half a litre of hot water and add raw honey to taste. Sip it slowly before bedtime.
Both lemon and lime juice have amazing digestive qualities that are very similar to our digestive enzymes. Thus it is effectively helps with digestion and relieve bloating and belching.
We use apples as a base in a lot of our juices including the Flu Shot. They are high in vitamin A and C and a good source of potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus. There are the phytonutrients: ellagic acid, malic acid, chlorogenic acid, and quercetin. There are many more phytonutrients in an apple, some yet to be discovered and named. These compounds are high in anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.
The Flu Shot is available all year round from both our Broad Street and Colomberie shops for £1.75. It is best taken straight after the juice has been extracted, which is why we provide it in a shot glass for you to down in one as soon as we have made it!