The featured ingredient in this smoothie is the black cherry
which is available in the late spring and early summer months. It’s a very
special anticancer fruit in that it contains a wide variety of phytonutrients
that protect the body from cancer, as well as actively destroying cancer cells
that are present in the system.
Black cherries are also anti-inflammatory and help build the
immune system which assists the body in fighting disease. The cherries combined
with the other superfoods make this smoothie a naturally sweet SUPER cancer-fighter!
Additionally, dark cherries are rich in a unique antioxidant
called quercetin! Quercetin has been shown to have a profound
effect on reducing oxidative stress and preventing and reversing cancer
cell development. As a result of its generous ability to share,
quercetin has not only been characterized as an antioxidant, but also has
anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
A 2018 study published in Nutrition Journal found
that cashews reduce the rick of colorectal cancer among women. They are
also packed with protein, digestive enzymes, magnesium, and antioxidants! Goji
berries are noted for their lycopene, which has antioxidant properties and
Last but not least, and as a rule of thumb, remember that
not all cinnamon is created equal. Most of the cinnamon found on grocery store
shelves is a cheaper variety known as Cassia cinnamon, or Chinese cinnamon.
Cassia cinnamon isn’t as potent or medicinally effective as true cinnamon,
which goes by the name of Ceylon cinnamon.
For all recipes, please use fresh, organic, locally-grown
ingredients whenever possible, including organic, non-irradiated spices. This
will give you the maximum cancer-fighting benefits.
- 1½ cups organic fresh black cherries, pitted
(substitute other organic cherries if black cherries are not available)
- ½ organic banana
- ¼ cup untoasted cashews, soaked in filtered water for
- 1 teaspoon Moringa powder
- 1 teaspoon black chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon goji berries
- ½ teaspoon ground Ceylon cinnamon
- Juice of ½ organic orange, freshly squeezed
- ¾ cup spring OR filtered water
- Pinch of pink or sea salt and fresh ground black
- After soaking, drain the cashews and place in a
blender with the remaining ingredients in the order listed. It’s best to
squeeze the orange just before pouring it into the blender. If desired you
can remove the peel and put the segments in the blender whole instead of
just the juice.
- Blend the ingredients on slow speed for ten seconds
and then on high until a smooth consistency is obtained (about 45
- Pour into glasses and enjoy!
The black pepper enhances the absorption of nutrients
significantly but does not interfere with the taste. A dash of high quality
salt adds important minerals to the mix and enhances the combined flavors.