I want to share this morning’s smoothie with you. It’s a delicious anti-cancer medicine. We know that raspberries are a powerhouse of anti-oxidant phyto-nutrients. Yogurt and flaxseed oil make this doubly potent, inspired by cancer physician, Dr. Johana Budwig. Her 95% success rate healing cancer brought Dr. Budwig 7 Nobel nominations. She discovered a powerful combination for treating and preventing cancer using fermented proteins with flaxseed oil. She forbade the use of seed oils and sugar in her recipes.
Dr. Budwig’s work is a powerful guide for health practitioners worldwide. Check out her book “The Oil Protein Cookbook”. Both kefir and yogurt work in her recipes. I can handle fermented goat products better than cow, as goat protein molecules are shorter and easier to digest. You can take your pick.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The amazing cancer-prevention and healing benefits of raspberries are attributed to their antioxidant phytonutrients, lowering oxidative stress, reducing inflammation, and thus slowing growth of any cancer cells. Even more exciting – new research shows that raspberries may also be able to change signals sent to cells. The phytonutrient ellagitannin in raspberries may be able to program cell death (apoptosis) in cancer cells. Preventing and healing cancer appears to be linked to reducing the incidence of unstable molecules or free-radicals in the body. To stabilize free radicals and prevent damage, antioxidants are often recommended, such as beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamins C, E, and A.
In this smoothie vitamin C is another powerful anti-oxidant and carrots are a high beta-carotene food. Studies show that the best cancer prevention is a combination of many diet and lifestyle factors. For example, researchers found that regular physical exercise enhances the antioxidant defense system and protects against free radical damage. However intense or endurance exercise can overwhelm the body’s defenses and lead to increased free radical damage. So the “weekend warrior” who is mostly sedentary during the week may be doing his or herself more harm than good. Try this delicious smoothie! Makes 2 cups, serves one.
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
- 1/2 cup non-GMO yogurt or kefir (I used goat kefir)
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed oil
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin-C crystals
- 1/2 carrot, in chunks
- 2-3 small slices fresh red beet root (Buy beets with greens attached for a more delicate, sweeter flavor)
- 1/4 cup your favorite protein powder
- 2 thin slices ginger root, diced
- 1/2 cup lukewarm filtered water
- 1 tablespoon sweetener, (optional)
- Put all ingredients into any blender or processor. Blend very well to liquefy raspberry seeds. Bottoms up!