By Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)
Beetroot is a great source of nutrients such vitamin C, folate and iron and when it comes to fighting off the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), beetroot also packs a secret weapon – betaine! Betaine is a modified amino acid which, in addition to many other benefits, helps to increase our levels of a specific compound called s-adenosylmethionine (SAM). This then goes on to increase our levels of serotonin, plus it can also boost our production of dopamine too!
Berries such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackcurrants are important in maintaining a healthy brain and mind as they are packed full of antioxidants.
Ginger is great in shots as it provides a powerful kick. A great energy booster and mood enhancer, Ginger is also linked to helping alleviate gastrointestinal issues, plays a role in reducing inflammation in the body, supports the immune system and rejuvenates skin. It also contains anti- microbial properties. Ginger contains many important nutrients and vitamins including vitamin C, B5 and B6, along with a good amount of the mineral’s potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.
Apples (or fresh apple juice) help support the immune system too as they are also rich in vitamin c, antioxidants and contain many plant compounds including Quercetin (a great anti -inflammatory).
The ingredients in this colourful shot together pack a great nutritional punch that not only provides us with key nutrients to help improve mood, but also contains antioxidants which help fight infection and reduce inflammation.
How to make your Beet the Blues Shot
Ingredients (makes 2 shots)
4oz mixed berries
1 apple or a splash of fresh apple juice
1/2 inch fresh ginger crushed
Place all ingredients into a juicer/smoothie maker and blend.