Dr. Christine Doherty’s Antioxidant “Super Juice” Recipe

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This post is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays and Wellness Weekend.

In my recent How to Recover From Being “Glutened” post, I promised to share Dr. Christine Doherty’s Super Juice recipe—a juice that is very high in antioxidants. One can either drink some daily as a boost of super foods or sip on it when recovering from being “glutened” or experiencing an illness. This Super Juice is super simple, super tasty, and, of course, super good for you!

A few words about Dr. Doherty first … I met Dr. Doherty in 2005 when she presented at the Gluten Intolerance Group conference in Chicago. She gave a presentation on the Top 10 Celiac Superfoods and shared her Super Juice recipe. I’ve been enjoying it from time to time ever since. I contacted her office this past week to see if she’d allow me to post it on my blog as one of the ways to recover from being “glutened” and she graciously agreed. 

Dr. Doherty is a naturopathic physician who practices at Balance Point Natural Medicine in New Hampshire. You can read more about her here and check out her C-Liac Vitality supplement protocol as well. (Note:  I have no affiliation or personal experience with these products. I am simply sharing the information on their availability as a courtesy to both Dr. Doherty and my readers.)

Without further ado, here’s Dr. Doherty’s Super Juice. Drink up!

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Dr. Doherty’s Super Juice
(Click here for a printable version of this recipe.


2 bags of organic green tea (decaffeinated or regular) or white tea (see notes)

1 ounce Knudsen cranberry juice concentrate (see notes)

1 ounce Knudsen pomegranate juice concentrate (see notes)

Thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced

½ tsp ground cinnamon (or one cinnamon stick)

Stevia (or other natural, healthy sweetener), to taste 


Add all together in a heatproof container that will hold about 2 quarts. (I use a large soup pot.)

Pour one large kettle of boiling water over ingredients. 

Let steep 3 to 5 minutes (or longer). 

Remove ginger and tea bags. 

Serve hot or cold. Refrigerate super juice for up to 4 days. 

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Shirley’s Notes: According to Knudsen’s website, each ounce of its cranberry juice concentrate equals about 144 berries and each ounce of its pomegranate juice concentrate equals 2 pomegranates—impressive! For the cinnamon factor, I actually prefer adding a cinnamon stick versus including ground cinnamon because ground cinnamon seems to settle to the bottom and get wasted. I still use an old CorningWare tea pot that belonged to my grandmother on a daily basis. It holds 3 cups of water, so I use 1 ½ pots of boiling water to make my super juice. I can’t get Knudsen concentrates at my local stores, so sometimes I “cheat” and use a cup each of cranberry juice and pomegranate juice instead. Of course, one has to be sure to get juices that are completely juice with little or no added sugar, and even then, the resulting super juice is not as super as the original recipe made with the Knudsen juice concentrates. (FYI–The photos shown are of the Super Juice made using the latter recipe. The original Super Juice is usually paler in color.) One final note … Dr. Doherty states that some folks do experience a detox reaction from green tea. She suggests that weaker green tea be used (i.e., steep bags less time) or that white tea be substituted.

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51 Responses to “Dr. Christine Doherty’s Antioxidant “Super Juice” Recipe”

  1. jacqui on November 16th, 2011 4:55 pm

    this actually looks very tasty.. and would be a welcome change for my cup of tea in the evenings. thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Shirley on November 18th, 2011 11:05 pm

      Hi jacqui–I hope you enjoy it. I love that this Super Juice is good and good for me. ;-)


  2. Heather @ Life, Gluten Free on November 16th, 2011 7:02 pm

    this does look tasty and I love the red color too :)

    • Shirley on November 18th, 2011 11:50 pm

      Hi Heather–I sure didn’t plan it this way, but the color is perfect as we shift our thinking to the holidays later this week. :-) Of course, I love that red color any time of year. ;-)


  3. Carol Elliott on November 16th, 2011 7:49 pm

    thanks so much for sharing!!

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2011 12:00 am

      Hi Carol–It looks like you are new here–welcome. :-) It’s my pleasure to share this great recipe from Dr. Doherty!


  4. Nancy @SensitivePantry on November 16th, 2011 9:53 pm

    Love this!! I love hot drinks in the evenings during the cold months. I just started combining juices and teas this way last year. Love this combination. Perfect for an after Thanksgiving dinner drink.

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2011 12:08 am

      Hi Nancy–Yes, you and I both are lovers of hot drinks to take the chill off. :-) The beauty of this recipe is if I should get distracted and not finish it while it’s hot, I like it just as well at room temp. Love this combination, plus the fact that it’s like super hero juice! ;-)


  5. Wendy @ Celiacs in the House on November 16th, 2011 10:23 pm

    Having another ‘duh’ moment with you, Shirley. I make cold juice teas all summer with green tea, but never thought to make a hot juice tea like this one.

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2011 12:12 am

      Wendy–Honey, that’s exactly why blogger friends have each other! ;-) Hope you enjoy this super juice tea combo when you make it, dear. :-)


  6. saretta on November 17th, 2011 7:24 am

    Will definitely try this! Thanks so much!

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2011 12:13 am

      Hi saretta–Hope you enjoy it. Feel free to reduce water amount if you like a “stronger” batch. :-)


  7. Ina Gawne on November 17th, 2011 10:00 am

    Thank you Shirley for posting this recipe! Sound delicious too! This one is definitely going into my recipe book! :)

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2011 12:14 am

      Hi Ina–My pleasure. I’m so grateful that Dr. Doherty was willing to share it. Hope you’ll enjoy this one and reap the antioxidant benefits. :-)


  8. Kim (Cook IT Allergy Free) on November 17th, 2011 1:20 pm

    This sounds just wonderful! What a great idea for this time of year. I would definitely drink this hot. By the way, I love the blue sidebars now. It makes your site POP!!


    • Shirley on November 19th, 2011 12:17 am

      Hi Kim–I love a pretty hot drink that is not “heavy.” And having it include all these antioxidant powers is way cool! :-)

      Thanks so much for the feedback on my site! I’m liking it, too. xoxo,

  9. Lexie on November 17th, 2011 2:35 pm

    So easy! And sounds so good and good for you.

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2011 12:19 am

      Hi Lexie–Yep, super easy and “double good,” so to speak. ;-)


  10. InTolerant Chef on November 17th, 2011 5:11 pm

    It looks lovely. I can’t get concentrate here, just juice, so I guess that’s a good excuse to drink more of it :-)

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2011 12:21 am

      InTolerant Chef–I’m sure you can come up with a tasty and beneficial version of this recipe with the juices. :-) I do enjoy this super juice, but interestingly enough never feel like overindulging with it.


  11. Maggie on November 17th, 2011 8:50 pm

    Yum, I can’t wait to try this Shirley. Thanks for sharing. I try to drink green tea but I find it bitter. This little powerful recipe should remedy that. Thank goodness for Naturopaths :)

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2011 12:25 am

      Maggie–I’ve always felt the same way about green tea, but you’re right, there’s no bitterness in this recipe. :-) BTW, a friend introduced me to Costco’s green tea and while it contains some caffeine which I generally avoid, it’s the best tasting green tea I’ve ever had. I like it a lot. Yes, naturopaths can be amazing!


  12. Rachael on November 18th, 2011 11:03 am

    Thank you!!!

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2011 12:26 am

      Sure, Rachael. :-) Enjoy!


      • Rachael on November 20th, 2011 2:46 am

        I just made it!! We found some juice concentrates, no sugar added, at Trader Joe’s. I was a little unclear on whether to do a cup or an ounce, so I went with the cup. It was strong and delicious.

        It sounded like the ratios can be varied. Is that correct? Is there any way it can be too strong?

        • Shirley on November 20th, 2011 8:19 am

          Hi Rachael–Yippeee! :-) When using the Knudsen concentrates, Dr. Doherty only recommends an ounce, but I don’t know that all concentrates are the same and I don’t see why you can’t make the recipe as strong as you like. I can certainly ask her that question though and report back. I know when I used the juices vs concentrates because that’s all I had on hand, I was varying the ratios the other way, and juices vs concentrates did not provide as much in the way of antioxidants. So I think you’re fine. I suspecte the the amin reason that most wouldn’t want to use as much concentrate is just because of costs and how much less time their super juice would last. ;-) So glad you enjoyed your version! Will upate the post if I get further info from Dr. Doherty.


          • Rachael Weber on November 20th, 2011 2:27 pm

            Hi Shirley,

            Thanks so much for your prompt response. I really like it. I just checked the bottles again and they are juices that are made from concentrate, so I’m sure that they are diluted and the 1 cup option is fine. But, thanks for checking, too.

            If you do talk to Dr. Doherty, would you mind asking her if there are any special considerations during pregnancy? I didn’t see anything that should be a reason for concern, but guess it is good to check!

            Thanks, again!

          • Shirley on November 20th, 2011 2:37 pm

            Hey Rachael–You’re welcome! Well, juices made from concentrate are completely different than the concentrate that Dr. Doherty used in her original recipe. I misunderstood your question before. You can definitely use them (with no sugar added versions preferable) and in that case, one cup is just fine. I did tweet to Dr. Doherty as I saw her on Twitter, but I’ll email her, too, with the additional question on any pregnancy concerns. And big congratulations to you! :-)


          • Dr. Christine Doherty on November 29th, 2011 6:47 am

            Hi there, I used the Knudsen concentrate because it was the only one I could find back in 2005. I think it is flexible and use whatever you find tastes good. I went with an ounce otherwise it was too bitter for my tastes. Glad so many of you are enjoying this recipe. Thanks Shirley for sharing it. Cheers to your health!
            Dr. Doherty

          • Shirley on December 1st, 2011 11:18 am

            Hi Dr. Doherty–Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with us all and visiting gfe to answer our questions! I still remember your healthy glow when I first met you, which you attributed to Super Juice (and other good living)! :-)

            All the best,

  13. Jen on November 18th, 2011 2:15 pm

    What good timing. You published this two days ago and then I got glutened yesterday, so (right after calling into work) off to the store to find the juice concentrates (which one of our local stores DID carry!). Juice is steeping now and I’ll start with it in a few along with the extra water I’ve already been drinking.

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2011 12:28 am

      Hi Jen–I’m truly so sorry that you got glutened, but sure hope that the super juice helps you feel better. But evven if doesn’t make your symptoms better right away, it has to be helping your immune system.


  14. Ricki on November 18th, 2011 8:59 pm

    Sounds like a magically wonderful elixir! And all ingredients that I already enjoy. . .bet they’re so much better together. Thanks for submitting to WW this week!

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2011 12:30 am

      Hi Ricki–Ahhh, elixir … one of my favorite words! Happy to have another entry for Wellness Weekend today. :-)


  15. Jeanette on November 18th, 2011 11:09 pm

    What a wonderful remedy – although I would love this anytime.

    • Shirley on November 19th, 2011 12:32 am

      Jeanette–Yes, it’s great to dirink on a daily basis, so if one needs a remedy, it’s not one of those cases where you wonder if the “disease” is better than the cure. ;-)


  16. Jane on November 20th, 2011 10:47 am

    This looks really good … I think I have been feeling some affects of being “glutened”, so I am definitely going to try this .. soon! Thank you!

  17. Diane-thewholegang on November 20th, 2011 4:56 pm

    THis just sounds like it would feel good!

    • Shirley on November 20th, 2011 5:59 pm

      Diane–I love it! And how often can you say that about something that is as good as this juice is for you? ;-) I’m finishing up my daily mug right now. Then I’m moving on to red wine … that’s healthy, too, right? :-)


  18. Jennifer on November 22nd, 2011 12:30 pm

    I am new to your site and to GF eating. Thank you for the lovely looking recipes. I haven’t made any yet, but am gearing up for a GF Thanksgiving and have several of your recipes on the menu to try!

    I am assuming that it is recommended to only drink 1 cup of this super juice per day, correct? I didn’t see a serving size anywhere. Would it hurt to have more than one per day?

    I haven’t had green tea in several years because when I tried it, I got cramps and had to spend the day in the bathroom. So, I figured it must be some sort of “natural cleanser”. That was before I found out I had wheat and dairy allergies, so maybe it was detoxing me and I didn’t know it(?). I’m wondering if it will have the same effect now that I am GF.

    • Shirley on November 22nd, 2011 12:57 pm

      Hi Jennifer–Welcome to gfe! :-) Thanks so much for the kind words! I’m excited that you’ll be trying several of my recipes for Thanksgiving … my fingers are crossed that you will love them all. ;-)

      Dr. Doherty never gave a recommendation and I’ve got an email in to her with that question and another one, but about one cup is what I do.

      It’s interesting that you mention having issues with green tea long ago. I have had similar issues before myself, but don’t now. I still avoid the kind with caffeine for the most part (there are some that just have a tiny amount of caffeine that I can tolerate), but do fine now. I hope you’ll find out that you also do fine with green tea now, but if you have issues, I’d just use another tea that you do well with. So many teas can have healing and/or antioxidant effects. Perhaps not as much as green tea, but I still think you could find a reasonable substitute if needed.


      • Dr. Christine Doherty on November 29th, 2011 6:52 am

        You can have more than one glass a day. Some people will get a detox reaction to green tea. I would recommend making the tea weaker, don’t steep it as long. You could also try white tea instead, some people tolerate that better. (I don’t think I knew about white tea when I came up with this recipe).
        Dr. Doherty

        • Shirley on December 1st, 2011 11:20 am

          Dr. Doherty–Thanks for letting us know that some folks do have such a reaction to green tea and that white tea can be used instead. I’ll make notes to that effect in the recipe. Other than the potential detox effects, do you know of any reason that this super juice can’t be used during pregnancy? One of our readers just wanted to ask to be cautious.


          • Dr. Christine Doherty on December 1st, 2011 12:53 pm

            HI Shirley, I am so excited to see so much feedback on the recipe. I don’t see there would be any issues with pregnancy. If anything the ginger would be good for nausea. I think it is always smart to be cautious during pregnancy, especially that first three months when the baby is forming on a cellular level. Have a great day,
            Christine Doherty, N.D.

          • Shirley on December 3rd, 2011 8:29 pm

            Hi Dr. Doherty–Thanks once again for responding to questions. I know that reader Rachael (and many others) will be happy to hear the good news! :-)

            Thanks so much!

          • Rachael on December 3rd, 2011 9:27 pm

            Thanks, again, Dr. Doherty and Shirley! I am happy to hear that news, since I am really enjoying this. I am past the first three months, and getting ready to make my third batch! :)

  19. Rachael Weber on November 24th, 2011 12:12 pm

    Hi Shirley,

    Thanks for your responses to my posts. I realized I couldn’t leave another reply, so I’m posting a new one. I’m now making my second batch. :)

    Thanks, again, and Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Shirley on November 26th, 2011 11:12 am

      Rachael–Thanks so much for the great feedback! I need to make another batch today myself. ;-)

      Thanks, too, for the Thanskgiving wishes! I’m enjoying the quietness after the big day (no Black Friday stuff for me). Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

  20. Sherene on July 26th, 2012 3:21 pm

    I’ve been suffering from the worst case of “glutenation”. Who knows what was the cause, but I did eat out this week. I found this link and made a batch of this as soon as I could. Two cups in, and the intense chronic abdominal cramping has started to let up. Thank you!!!!

    • Shirley on July 26th, 2012 4:20 pm

      Hi Sherene–Welcome to gfe. :-) I’m so, so sorry that you were “glutened.” Any reintroduction of gluten can have such devastating effect on us. I’m so glad that Dr. Doherty’s super juice recipe is helping you! Hopefully, you saw the entire post on how to recover from being glutened here. There are so many great tips there from both bloggers and readers. In conjunction with the super juice, you might recover even faster. Fingers crossed! Thanks for taking the time to comment and let everyone know what a wonderful, helpful “potion” this recipe is.


  21. Kathleen Rogers on February 17th, 2014 10:18 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I was glutened yesterday. I woke up in the middle of the night with a migraine and my bones were on fire. My gut was a mess. This morning I went online to find some helpful advise and found the super antioxidant juice. It is yummy. I started sipping on the juice and by evening am now on my road to recovery. I know it will take a while but I feel this juice is a big help. I just found you on F.B. and look forward to more helpful info.

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