These gummies are packed with vitamin C and are great for the cold/flu season! They are gut friendly, immune strengthening and taste like candy!
Since my 2 year old has started going to a nursery 3 days a week, I have really had to up my game on strengthening his and my immune system especially as we are faced with cold/flu season. There are a plethora of ways that people choose to protect themselves against all the germs. I personally prefer a more natural approach to immune strengthening and those of us with autoimmune issues have to be very vigilant and cautious when it comes to our immune systems! I love using natural and whole foods to aid in a light boost of my immune system and these gummies are a perfect and fun way for me to get vitamin c and extra antioxidants into myself and my toddler to further protect and support us. I mean what kid is going to say no to a gummy? OK lets be real...what adult is going to say no to a gummy?
These gummies are simple to make, packed with flavor and not only contain vitamin c but also gut healing nutrients from the grass fed gelatin.
They are naturally sweet and a little sour from the Terrasoul brand acerola cherry powder. If you are unfamiliar with this cherry powder it is one of the most nutritionally dense super fruits boasting one of the highest levels of vitamin c and antioxidants of any food source! Yes Please! Vitamin C produced by the fruit is a natural source and a healthier alternative to the synthetic absorbic acid used in many vitamin C supplements. Also, not all brands of cherry powder are CEP compliant, but Terraoul is because they use the highest quality and purest powder available which is free from maltodextrin (This is a known cross contaminant and could be derived from gluten or corn.) Not only do these help support your immune system naturally but they also aid in healing your gut. It is a win win!
How much vitamin C do I take daily?
My recipe makes 24 gummies. Each gummy contains 1/2 tsp. of vitamin C if you use 12 tsp. which is equivalent to 250mg of vitamin C.
-For adults: According to Dr. Susan Bloom the author of "The Immune System Recovery Plan", she recommends for adults with autoimmune disease the maximum amount of vitamin c to consume daily is between 1,000mg- 2,000mg . 2 gummies is equivalent to 500 mg of vitamin C. Do not exceed 8 gummies in a day. I personally take 2 daily if I am not sick and 4 if I am sick. This is just what worked for me.
-For infants 0-12 months: According to the National institute of health:Office of Dietary Supplements the dosage of vitamin c is not possible to establish.
- For children 1-3 years of age: According to the National Institute of Health: Office of Dietary Supplements, the maximum dosage of vitamin C for children of this age is 400mg which would be equivalent to 1 1/2 gummies.
-For children 4-8 years of age: According to the National Institute of Health: Office of Dietary Supplements, the maximum dosage of vitamin C for children of this age is 650mg. 2 gummies= 500 mg of vitamin C, so do not exceed 2.
*If you want the full chart, you can visit this website.
-For pregnant and nursing moms: The maximum amount of vitamin c to consume daily is between 1,000-2,000mg. The same for adults.
**You can always use less than 12 tsp. of cherry powder if you are making them for children so they can have more than 1-2 gummies.
Immune Regulating Acerola Cherry Gummies
Prep Time - Cook Time - Total Time
10 min 1 hr 1 hr 10 min
Adapted from Autoimmune Wellness's Lemon Rasberry Gelatin Gummies
1 Cup frozen organic cherries
3/4 Cup lime juice
1/4 Cup grass fed gelatin (I use this brand)
2-3 Tbsp. raw honey
8-12 Tsp. Terrasoul acerola cherry powder (this brand is cep compliant but no longer is sold on amazon and the website is linked.)
1. Pour the lime juice and frozen cherries into a blender and blend on high speed until mixed together.
2. Add your blended cherry/lime mixture to a sauce pan and turn the heat on low. Add in the rest of your ingredients (gelatin, honey, and cherry powder) and mix until combined.
3. Continuously stir your gummy mixture for 10 minutes until it reaches a thinner consistency.
4. Pour your mixture into silicone molds (I used this one) or a glass baking dish.
5. Set in the Fridge for 1 hour. If you used a glass baking dish then cut into bite size squares or remove from the mold after it is set.
Kellie is a wife, mamma, health coach, and recipe developer for MyCrazyJourney. Celiac disease, digestive issues and a plethora of food intolerances led her to AIP in 2014 and the CEP in 2017. She and her family have since adopted a modified version of these templates. Her goal is to inspire others to take their health into their own hands by cooking foods that are creative, fun, and contributive to health and wellness. Kellie's background is in art and education, but she has always had a passion for food and it's powerful healing properties. Many of her creations are inspired by her experiences and designed to be enjoyed by the entire family! You can find Kellie here at MyCrazyJourney writing guest posts and on Instagram.