Recently theres a lot of illnesses going around at the moment so if you have one, I’m pretty sure you don’t want it and if you don’t have it, I’m pretty sure you don’t want it. 

When it comes to general cold and flu preventatives you want to make sure you’re getting enough of those cold fighting nutrients. 

Just to cover quickly they will comprise of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid). The classic when it comes to health, just as sophisticated as Sean Connery, and as I write that I then try to pronounce ascorbic acid the same way Sean Connery would! I bet you did to. Moving on, this vitamin is great for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects as it repairs and regenerates tissues. Found in citrus fruits but more so in red bell peppers. 

Vitamin E is similar to vitamin C as it is also a good preventative of colds, encourages immune health and reduces oxidative stress.

Zinc is a good one for preventing colds as it boosts the immune system and encourages wound healing. Similarly Ginseng and Garlic boosts the immune system and may prevent viruses and lower the risk of catching colds and flus. However, a word of warning, if taking blood thinner medication, garlic can increase the thinning effects of the medication, so it is best avoided.

Although Echinacea has mixed reviews on its benefits of health, this can be because the studies that were done using different types of Echinacea therefore showing inconsistencies. Echinacea has been shown to reduce the duration of a colds by up to 30%. 

Now thats just a little info on some nutrients you want for prevention and recovery, so lets add some of these into a tasty ‘Elixir of Life’ drink. I picked up this recipe a couple years ago and I’ve never forgotten it.

To make this you need some Raspberries, Ginseng, Honey, Lemon, Green tea and mint. 

Firstly boil a kettle and make a tall glass of green tea and add the mint leaves. Let them steep and leave to one side as it cools a bit.

Next simply take 10 raspberries along with a couple drops of ginseng (approximately 1-2ml is all you need), squeeze the juice of half a lemon and a tablespoon of honey (ideally the best quality you can find) and add all of those together into a blender so it becomes a liquid consistency. Then strain the fruit into a double sized shot glass.

We use green tea as when combined with the vitamin C rich fruits this quadruples the nutrient effects and health properties of the green tea.

Take the fruit cocktail shot glass and drop it into the tall glass of green tea then drink and enjoy.

You could even do this in summer time and make it with an iced green tea to make it a refreshing and healthy drink.

Some would call this ‘the elixir of life’, which funny enough, Sean Connery drank in ‘Indiana Jones, The Last Crusade’ and he recovered pretty nicely. Shhuperb!