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What are wellness shots? Everything you need to know

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We may call them wellness shots, but they’ve had a variety of names throughout history including tinctures, elixirs and tonics. The question is, do they work?

According to written record, the study of plants dates back 5,000 years to the ancient Sumerians. But it’s a practise found all over the world. For example, the ancient Greeks would prescribe vinegar and honey to deal with a fruity cough, while the ancient Egyptians used thyme as a painkiller.

Today in the UK, we have the luxury of modern medicine to support our wellbeing, but the things we put into our bodies on a daily basis have a massive impact. Wellness shots, high-concentration blends of vitamins and antioxidants, are making a comeback with new, nifty packaging and science-backed ingredients.

 

Why are wellness shots having a resurgence?

“There’s a shift towards a preventive health mindset, with individuals proactively seeking ways to stay healthy rather than just treating illnesses,” says Sandra Cohen, nutritional therapist and founder of Aura & Meta. “Wellness shots, with their perceived preventive benefits, fit well into this approach. People are increasingly prioritising their health and seeking ways to boost their immune systems. Wellness shots, often packed with vitamins, antioxidants and immune-boosting ingredients, align with this trend. Wellness shots typically come in small, concentrated doses, providing a convenient and quick way for individuals to consume beneficial nutrients. In today’s fast-paced world, the demand for on-the-go, easily consumable health solutions is high.”

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Find out how to make DIY wellness shots in the comfort of your own home
DIY wellness shots

What are the benefits of wellness shots?

“Wellness shots often contain concentrated amounts of vitamins, minerals and other beneficial compounds, providing a quick and efficient way to boost nutrient intake,” says Sandra. “Many wellness shots include ingredients known for their immune-boosting properties, such as vitamin C, zinc and antioxidants, which can be beneficial in supporting overall immune health.”





However, wellness shots shouldn’t be considered a fix-all solution to health problems. “Wellness shots may not provide a complete spectrum of nutrients compared to whole foods, and relying solely on shots may lead to nutritional gaps,” Sandra warns, adding: “Also, some wellness shots may contain added sugars, preservatives or other additives to enhance flavour or shelf life. It’s essential to read labels carefully to ensure the product aligns with personal dietary preferences.”

 

What ingredients should I be on the lookout for?

There are some amazing ingredients being put to good use in wellness shots these days.

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, as does turmeric, which is also a powerful antioxidant. Algae such as spirulina and chlorella are nutrient dense greens that can offer a natural energy boost, a detoxifying effect, improved memory and reduced cholesterol.





Look out for core vitamins such as C, D, magnesium, zinc and B, especially B12 and B6, which are essential for energy metabolism and overall vitality. Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, such as berries, acai or pomegranate, are all helpful additions to a wellness shot.

Some wellness shots may contain adaptogens such as ashwagandha, rhodiola or lion’s mane to create inner balance and build resilience to stress, while the inclusion of hemp and wheatgrass can reduce inflammation, boost immunity and aid digestion.

MOJU wellness shots for immunity and gut health
MOJU wellness shots for immunity and gut health

Where should I start?

If you’re not sure how to begin your wellness shot journey, there are a number of brands ready to light the way. MOJU has numerous flavours to choose from, each with unique benefits. For example, the Multiberry Immunity Shots provide a hit of vitamin C, vitamin D3, zinc and ascorbic acid (a powerful antioxidant) thanks to the concentrated amounts of apple, acerola cherry, seaweed and zinc lactate.

For something to give your gut health some special attention, reach for the MOJU Raspberry Gut Health Shots, which feature apple cider vinegar, ginger root, raspberry and MOJU’s signature ‘fibre blend’, which includes ingredients like chicory root, acacia fibre and baobab fruit pulp powder.

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Turmeric Co. Wellness shots using organic turmeric, ginger, beetroot and black pepper
Turmeric Co. wellness shots

For something with a bit more punch, The Turmeric Co. offers a range of fiery wellness shots to help you start your day right. The Raw Turmeric Original shot features organic turmeric root, black pepper, watermelon, pineapple and lemon, while the Raw Turmeric & Beetroot shot contains organic turmeric root, black pepper, beetroot, watermelon and organic ginger root.

 

Can I make DIY wellness shots at home?

For those looking to make their own wellness shots, here are some of our favourite recipes.

Lemon, ginger and turmeric shot, by Minimalist Baker

Servings: 2

INGREDIENTS

  • One small orange
  • Two small lemons
  • 24g chopped fresh turmeric
  • 24g chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp extra virgin olive oil

METHOD

  • Peel ginger
  • Extract the juice from the orange and lemons using a juicer
  • Combine the turmeric and ginger in a blender
  • Add the juice of the orange and lemons and blend again on high
  • Add a little water if the blender is struggling
  • Strain mixture through a clean, thin dish towel, a fine mesh strainer or a nut milk bag
  • Stir in olive oil if desired to improve turmeric absorption
  • Divide between serving glasses and top with fresh black pepper. Enjoy!
  • Leftovers can be covered and stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

 

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Ingredients to look out for in wellness shots
Wellness shot ingredients
Goji berry, coconut and green tea wellness shot, by Smartblend

INGREDIENTS

  • 200g dried goji berries
  • 100ml coconut water
  • 200ml green tea

METHOD

  • Steep two green tea bags in 200ml of boiling water for 5 minutes
  • Strain your tea into a blender
  • Add the coconut water and dried goji berries
  • Blend until smooth and enjoy! Leftovers can be sealed and refrigerated

 

Red berry beet wellness shot, by Jess Case via The Paleo Diet

Servings: 9

INGREDIENTS

  • Two beetroots
  • 250g strawberries
  • 5cm of ginger, peeled
  • One lemon, peeled and chopped
  • 240ml water
  • ¼ tsp black pepper (optional)

METHOD

  • Add all ingredients to a blender
  • Use a nut milk bag, cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer to slowly wring the juice out of the pulp
  • Divide the juice between glasses to serve, or into an ice cube tray to freeze for later

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