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Anti-Oxidant DNA Repairing Smoothie Recipe

Anti-Cancer Power Lineup
Photo © John Corney
After watching the videos at the bottom of this post at NutritionFacts.org YouTube channel about the power of various berries and spices to boost anti-oxidant and anti-cancer action in the cells, I played around with things and came up with this smoothie recipe that includes cranberries, blueberries, lemon, turmeric, cardamom and black pepper. Sounds kind of weird, right, but actually it's very tasty.

Although I vary the ingredients somewhat on a day-to-day basis depending on what's in the fridge, I always include the cardamom, turmeric, black pepper, cranberries, blueberries, flax seed, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.

So here's my recipe that I'm sure you will find is a delicious and healthy way to start your day. Consider it a starting point that you for your own smoothies - I have even added a couple of handfuls of kale on occasion, for example. The addition of the green changes the color from pink to chococolate. The seeds also make the smoothy rich and creamy, so you can easily believe you are drinking a chocolate shake if that's your thing.


All Set to Go!
Photo © John Corney
John's Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Cancer, DNA-repairing smoothie recipe - enough for 2 people


  • 1 1/2 cups chilled water
  • A good heaping-helping of leafy greens. I mostly use kale, but go anything you have or like in the cruciferous family.
  • 1 bell pepper 
  • 2 handfuls fresh or frozen cranberries (in the US fresh cranberries are plentiful in the holiday season and then disappear. In the off season I have been using whole cranberry juice instead. If you do this, substitute it for 1 cup of water)
  • 1 handful fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 lemon, cut into smaller pieces - I don't peel it, but do give it a good wash first
  • 1 banana
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seeds (omega-3, anti-cancer lignin, and healthy plant-based fat)
  • 1 Tbsp sunflower seeds (healthy plant-based fat)
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin seeds (healthy plant-based fat and zinc)
  • 1 tsp cardamom (anti-oxidant/cancer killer cell booster)
  • 2 shakes turmeric (anti-oxidant/cancer killer cell booster)
  • 6 grinds black pepper (cardamom and turmeric efficacy multiplier)
  • 6 cubes ice


Whiz it all in your blender and enjoy not only the wonderful taste, but the power of plants and spices to ward off cell damage and fight cancer cells. Remember this is anti-cancer, so do not add any animal proteins at all. No whey protein powder or milk, etc. If you want extra richness, add some of your favorite nut or seed milk such as almond or soy milk.

Please treat my recipe as a guideline. Basically you are after leafy cruciferous greens, turmeric, cardamom, black pepper, and berries. Cranberries if you can get them at a reasonable price. Get creative - for example when I cook up my dry beans, I save off the liquid and add about 1/2 cup of that until it's all gone. Why waste all that goodness!









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