How powerful is your immune system?? More powerful than you may think. However, cold and flu season are at your doorstep. This is the the perfect time to boost your immune system with the right foods and antioxidants.
The list below contains some ingredients that can contribute to overall immune health but by no means cure the common cold.
1.) Turmeric– is known for it antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is the main spice in curry so it packs a punch when added to any dish or smoothie. It has been shown to be effective with digestive disorder and rheumatoid arthritis.
2.) Chia Seeds- are small black or white seeds that are part of the mint family. They are rich in fiber, healthy omega-3 fats and antioxidants that prevent cellular damage. The seeds are a source of insoluble fiber (adds bulk to the stool and increases food transit time!). They expand and form a gel-like substance when they come into contact with water. In addition, they supply 19% of the recommended daily fiber (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000727.htm). Chia seeds may thin your blood so check with your doctor if you are on Coumadin or taking aspirin. Otherwise, enjoy in yogurt, smoothies, salads and muffins……..
3.) Garlic- is considered the most powerful antioxidant. According to WedMD, garlic is helpful in conditions related to the heart, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It is used to prevent colon cancer, stomach cancer and prostate cancer to name a few. In addition, it is helpful in fighting colds, headaches and sinus congestion. The amount of allicin present in the garlic supplement can reduce or improve its efficacy. I opt for fresh garlic but if you have stomach issues garlic can be disruptive to the digestive process. There are garlic pills available that are enteric coated that are preferable under such circumstances. The enteric coating enables the garlic not to be digested in the stomach but rather the small intestine.
4.) Cinnamon- is a powerful antioxidant and has been effective as a anti-inflammatory. It can be added to smoothies, baked in muffins, spread on toast and added to oatmeal. Cinnamon can interact with diabetic drugs and heart thinners so as always check with your doctor before taking.
Bundle up this Fall and Nourish yourself with these powerful antioxidants.