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Kick your cold or flus butt

 

While researching Butternut squash I realized that it is also a powerhouse in dealing with your immune system. 

Butternut Squash  can give a mighty dose of Vitamin A  at 428% of your Daily Vitamins, Vitamin A plays a central role in the development and regulation of white blood cells. In addition to Vitamin A, you’re also getting Vitamin C, 75% of your DV. Vitamin C helps protect the integrity of immune cells through its antioxidant properties.

Curry aka Turmeric

The most important chemical components of turmeric are a group of compounds called curcuminoids, which include curcumin this is approximately 3.14% of the powdered turmeric. Curcumin is a bioactive substance of turmeric. Curcumin fights inflammation at the molecular level and is the main active ingredient posing as a very strong anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-oxidant,  anti-carcinogenic, astringent, , digestive, diuretic, stimulant. 

Free radicals  damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. Anti-oxidants fight free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage caused by free radicals Curcumin neutralizes free radicals by stimulating the body to produce its own anti-oxidant enzymes Inflammation is crucial as it helps the body fight foreign invaders and repair damage

 Ginger- Studies suggest that ginger root may increase the impact of T-cell (or white blood cells that help fight infection) responses in the body thereby allowing a more effective and efficient response to viral infection.  Ginger has large part to gingerols, an anti-inflammatory agent. 

Ginger can have a positive effect on breathing issues Ginger plays a key role in regulating the immune responses to cells that cause inflammation of airway passages.

 

  INGREDIENTS

  • 5 cups butternut squash, seeded and diced
  • 30 oz. (1 carton, 900 ml) store-bought vegetable broth
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tablespoon curry powder

1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped

Add all ingredients to a pot and bring to a boil. 

I use my hand held mixer once cooked to blend into a thick soup. 

Enjoy and let the healing begin

 

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