By Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapist
With the current pandemic, it is important to load up on vital immune support nutrients to help nourish your body and mind during these uncertain times
Here are five fantastic foods to help support both your immune and fertility health and why they’re so good for you!
Turmeric, an incredible spice containing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
It is especially well known for the active substance Curcumin, which is a chemical compound, of which there are several, known as Curcuminoids. Traditionally known for its anti–inflammatory effects, curcumin has been shown in the last two decades to be a potent immunomodulatory agent that can modulate the immune system and thus immune response. Sprinkle in curries, casseroles, soups or in smoothies and juices.
Not only low in calories, they are a good source of fibre to help digestion. These tasty mushrooms contain sterols and lipids linked to lowering cholesterol and boosting the immune system.
They also give our body a great vitamin D boost to help support our immunity. Rich in some important B vitamins too, which help to lift mood and reduce anxiety.
Leeks are loaded with vitamin A which is vital in the regulation of the immune system. Leeks are also an important prebiotic food, in that they ‘feed’ the good bacteria in the gut and so help a healthy microbiome to establish. A diverse microbiome helps to maintain a strong immune system and healthy body and mind. Great in soups and casseroles.
Blueberries – Blueberries have long been valued for their medicinal and nutritional properties. They are packed with vital nutrients to keep the body healthy. Blueberries contain antibacterial compounds. They also contain anthocyanin which is a flavonoid containing antioxidant properties that play an essential role in supporting the immune system and in keeping the respiratory tract healthy. Enjoy in smoothies or sprinkle over your breakfast.
Another amazing spice, as it to helps to boost the immune system, contains many essential nutrients and vitamins and plays a role in reducing inflammation in the body. As inflammation can affect your body’s immune response, anti-inflammatory ginger can play a key role in boosting your immunity. Why not make some ginger tea?
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