4 Ingredients for Boosting Your Immune System
"Wear a jacket, or you'll catch a cold"
How many times did you hear that growing up?
Or maybe you’ve said the same thing to your kids.
We reckon, however, that putting on outerwear doesn’t come close to keeping the common cold and flu at bay, compared to strengthening our inner immune system!
So with the change of season bringing a wave of cooties, here are a few interesting immune-boosting foods to help you avoid getting sick:
1. Wheat germ
Doesn't its name just sound so appetising? But don't be put off, wheat germ can be added to smoothies or your breakfast porridge and is packed with disease-fighting nutrients such as vitamin E, selenium and magnesium.
Touted as a probiotic superfood, kefir has been shown to reduce symptoms of a common cold and speed up recovery. Probiotics are vital to proper digestion, and without proper digestion, nutritionists have said our bodies are unable to break down the nutrients we take in to help strengthen our immune system.
Early civilisations recognised garlic's value in fighting infections. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, garlic may also help lower blood pressure and slow down hardening of the arteries. Garlic’s immune-boosting properties seem to come from a heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin. Plus, It adds a nice little zing to recipes and keeps Dracula away too!
Zinc doesn’t get as much attention as many other vitamins and minerals, but our bodies need it so that our immune cells can function as intended. Even mild deficiency has been linked to impaired immune function, and it is also vital for neurological and reproductive health. Apart from certain varieties of shellfish, nuts and seeds high in zinc include pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, pine nuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, pecans, flax seeds, chia seeds, brazil nuts, and almonds.
Of course, this isn't a complete list and there are things like citrus, ginger and green veggies in general that are all beneficial in supporting our immune system, but we didn't want to harp on with the usual stuff you're probably already aware of. So hopefully there were a few items here that you found interesting too, and if you're after some nuts or seeds for more zinc in your life, go on and shop from our full range of whole food products!
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