A cooling, soothing, cooling, citrusy slushy that will tame a sore throat, offer extra Vitamin C for an impending cold, and make everything better. This is good for what ails you.
If your kid or spouse or heck, even YOU, happen to come down with a sore throat, get out the blender.
In 30 seconds you will have a soothing, good-for-you beverage that might help. It will certainly cool down your throat, and honestly, it cannot hurt.
Three kinds of citrus combine to give you a sweet-tart icy beverage that swallows easily and leaves you refreshed.
Background on Vitamin C
In the 1970s, Nobel prize winner Linus Pauling popularized the theory that Vitamin C helps treat colds. He published a book about cold prevention using megadoses of Vitamin C, or up to 18,000 mg daily. (For comparison, the Recommended Dietary Allowance is 75 mg for women and 90 mg for men. These numbers vary by age, and you need more if you smoke, are breastfeeding, etc. The RDA is based primarily on the prevention of a deficiency disease like scurvy.) At that time, no reliable studies had proved the idea about cold prevention to be true.
But in the following few decades, multiple randomized controlled studies examined whether the vitamin had any effect on the common cold. While it appeared that supplementing with Vitamin C did not reduce the risk of catching a cold, a supplement of 6-8 grams did show several benefits, including:
–Reduced cold severity: They reduced the symptoms of a cold, making it less severe.
–Reduced cold duration: Supplements decreased recovery time by 8% in adults and 14% in children, on average.
That’s enough for me. I will take those odds! Any reduction in symptoms and duration is a win in my book. (If you want to read more deeply into the science of Vitamin C, you can read a fact sheet for health professionals here . And further, here’s an overview brief on Vitamin C from the Mayo Clinic .)
How do you make a Sore Throat Slushy?
It’s easy. Simply combine the juice of a lime or Meyer lemon, juice of an orange, a whole peeled tangerine and a packet of Vitamin C in a blender and whir until it is well combined. Add a squirt of sweetener (agave?) and a half a glass of ice cubes, and whir again for 15-30 seconds or so, until it turns into a slushy!
That’s it. Without making any unsubstantiated health claims about this delicious drink (other than there is 100% chance of it cooling down a raging sore throat), I say we’d best be off to make a Sore Throat Slushy.
And if you don’t have a sore throat, you can make it an enjoy it anyway! It’s based on my beautiful Strawberry Citrus Frappe , which my son begs for.
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