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Staying Healthy During COVID-19 Crisis: 5 Powerful Nuts to Boost Your Immune System.

 

Are you looking for healthy snacks that can boost your immune system during this COVID-19 pandemic? It is important to boost your immune system in preventing infections. Adding specific foods especially foods that are rich in Zinc, Vitamin C, and so on into your diet can strengthen your immune system.

Below are 5 powerful immune boosters you must add to your diet:

  1. Almonds

Almonds are rich in Vitamin E, a type of fat-soluble vitamin tends to take a backseat to Vitamin C. Vitamin E acts as a powerful antioxidant and plays an important role in maintaining a healthy system. Many studies show that Vitamin E can improve the immune response during aging and reduce the oxidative damage that may contribute to cancer.

 

  1. Walnuts

Walnuts are well known for their high omega-3 fatty acid content for heart and brain health. However, our immune system and the hormonal system are partially dependent on these fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids can activate immune cells by signaling a molecule and therefore influence where and how those immune cells are activated.

 

  1. Pistachio

Pistachio contains an abundance of Vitamin B6 that is required by the immune system. Vitamin B6 helps in the production of protein to form antibodies needed to fight against viruses. Besides, the effects of Vitamin B6 deficiency can reduce the production of white blood cells including T cells.  Moreover, people with an autoimmune disorder (immune system turns against itself) are recommended to increase the intake of Vitamin B6.

 

  1. Brazil Nuts

One of the nuts rich in several minerals, especially Selenium that vital for optimal immune responses. Selenium acts as an antioxidant that helps lower antioxidant stress in our body, indirectly reduces inflammation, and enhances immunity. It is also involved in regulating excessive immune responses and chronic inflammation. 

 

  1. Cashew

To maintain a strong immune system, zinc is crucial for the normal development and antibodies in our body. Zinc plays a significant role in the growth and function of white blood cells and prevents free radical damage during inflammatory processes.

 

While getting balanced nutrition is important for a stronger immune system, there are also other lifestyle factors to consider to fight viruses. Plan your meals and snacks with these powerful nuts to boost your immune system as these nuts are all available in any grocery store or shopping online.

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Written By:
Liow Pui Kee
[BCs (Hons) Nutrition with Wellness Student]
[UCSI University]
Reviewed By:
Jasmine Lim
(Love Earth Nutritionist)

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