Good nutrition is the key to strengthening the body’s natural defences and helps you to remain focused every day.
When it comes to immune-boosting foods we’ve put together a list of some of the best.
Reishi Mushrooms help to support the body’s natural immune defences against free radical damage. Its extracts boost the function of immune cells, our body’s first line of defence against infection. Based on its traditional use for longevity, and boosting Qi, Reishi is often called the ‘Mushroom of Immortality’. It also helps promote cellular protection and is rich in fungal polysaccharides, which have immune-modulating effects. Reishi has been used in traditional Chinese medicine as a tonic to support liver and heart, as well as an adaptogen to enhance resistance to stress due to fatigue.
Shiitake mushrooms are high in several essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and lentinan – a polysaccharide and the key constituent of Shiitake. These nutrients help to keep the immune system strong. Shiitake also boasts essential amino acids and has a high content of fibre.
Baker’s Yeast (beta glucan)
Beta Glucans belong to a group of physiologically active compounds called “biological response modifiers”. It is an immunomodulator which helps make your immune system smarter. It can help enhance your immune system’s response so your body can naturally fight off infections.
The yeast beta-glucans have also been shown to support vitality, mood state and general well-being. It may also help protect against the harmful effects of stress.
Zinc is an important mineral needed for healthy immune function. It acts as an antioxidant and helps defend against oxidative stress. Zinc is found in foods such as red meat, chicken, fish, dairy foods, eggs, legumes and sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
By consuming some or all of these ingredients you will not only be helping to strengthen your immune system but giving yourself the best chance to stay happy and healthy all year round.