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One cup of tomato juice

One lemon, peeled and seeded

1/2 cup of water

1/2 cup of ice

Two inch piece of fresh, crushed ginger

Blend

Herbal Smoothie

One and 1/2 cups orange juice

1/2 cup vanilla nonfat yogurt

One cup quartered fresh strawberries

Two fresh bananas

Five mint sprigs

Any herbal add-in

Blend

You’ll have to go to the health store for some of these ingredients. While you’re there, you might want to pick up a few other ingredients to liven things up even more.

Some of the most popular herbal smoothie ingredients are gingko biloba, ginseng, bee pollen, spirulina, and blueberries.

Gingko biloba has been used for more than 5,000 years as a herbal medicine. It’s associated with increased circulation to the brain and the body, and calms nerves. It has been found to increase cognitive function, increasing mental alertness, concentration and memory. As well, it is recognized as a powerful antioxidant, removing toxins from the brain, the retina of the eye and the cardiovascular system. You shouldn’t take it if you’re on certain types of medication, or have an adverse reaction, such as a headache or nausea, so ask your doctor or pharmacist first.

Ginseng is a stimulant that has been used to cure everything from digestive problems to sexual dysfunction. It stimulates the immune system and helps the body fight fatigue and stress by supporting the adrenal glands and the use of oxygen by exercising muscles. As a result, it is often used by athletes. The only documented side-effect is the occasional case of insomnia, but once again it’s wise to talk to a health professional before putting it into your smoothies.

Bee pollen is high in carbohydrates, fat, protein and vitamins and minerals. It is used as an anti-inflammatory and to relax the muscles. In lab tests it has lowered cholesterol in animals, and protected the liver from toxins. Furthermore, it has been shown to reduce the severity of allergic reactions in some people. The only side effect is that you might be allergic to it yourself.

Spirulina, or blue-green algae is rich in proteins. It is an antioxidant, antiviral, anticancer, anti allergy, and immune enhancing supplement, that cleans the blood, and protects vital organs.

In studies, it has been shown to promote weight loss and lower cholesterol levels. If you don’t eat several servings of vegetables a day, this is a good supplement to take. There are no reported side effects.