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  • Writer's pictureAgnes Plantalech

BASIC FOODS TO INCREASE DEFENSES PART (II)

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

Foods that contribute to our diet that will help strengthen our immune system.




A healthy, varied and balanced diet will provide us with the essential micronutrients for our immune system, such as Vitamin A, C, or E, and minerals such as Iron (Fe), Zinc (Zn), Selenium (Se), and the Copper (Cu).

Next, as we did in the previous post, we will continue to list some of the most important foods and spices that may be available to everyone.



  • Onion (Allium Cepa)


Onions are the staple ingredient in most households' cooking. It is used for endless recipes around the world. One of the active ingredients of onion is a substance called Alilo, which has bactericidal and fungicidal properties. Its sulfur content, helps fight infectious processes in the respiratory system and contributes to increased production of red and white blood cells. This increases the defense efficiency of our body. It contains Quercitinin, an antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and protects against certain cancers.


Various remedies have been used since ancient times to combat conditions such as influenza, diabetes and fluid retention.


How it is taken


To take advantage of all the therapeutic properties of the onion, it is best to take it raw. Although many people do not tolerate it well, cooked lightly retains some of its nutrients and does not give as many digestive problems.


If consumed in large quantities, it can lead to flatulence and abdominal distension. It can also interfere with some anticoagulant medications by the amount of vitamin K it contains.



  • Echinacea (Echinacea Purpurea L.)


It is a plant that comes from North America. It has been used by American Indians for centuries. It has many medicinal, immunomodulatory, antiviral and antibiotic properties. Its active principles strengthen the immune system by increasing the body's defenses. It is used to treat skin infections or urogenital tract infections, but what is best known is its ability to prevent flu. colds and other viral infections.


How it is taken


There are many ways to take Echinacea. It is always best to consult an expert to know the dose and when to take it. Echinacea is marketed in various formats, such as infusions, capsules, drops and tinctures, as well as topically used in creams, lotions and dressings.


In no case should the 1000mg be passed daily. If you have heart problems, asthma, migraines, allergies or Adison's disease, you should consult a specialist before consuming it.



  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)


Ginger is obtained from the rhizome of a plant of the Zingiberaceae family, it is a root that stands out for its spicy and refreshing taste. Ginger has many therapeutic properties, among which are the antiseptic properties, which also prevent and alleviate the symptoms that can give some respiratory infections. Its active ingredients are the Shogaols and Gingerols which make this spice an ingredient to use on a daily basis, as they are the ones that give it its great properties.


Although it is not a species that directly increases defenses, it is one of the most powerful allies in helping to alleviate inflammatory, infectious, bacterial processes and to improve the digestive system.


How it is taken


There are several marketing formats, for example in capsules, powder or at the root. The most common way to consume it in our society, is in the form of infusion from the root. To get the most out of its properties, it is best to grind and crush it with a mortar. Then it is boiled for about 5-7 minutes. the size of one nail per person. It is also used to season, dishes, soups or salads.


Great care should be taken in pregnant women and infants. If you are taking anticoagulants, or if you have severe gastrointestinal disorders, it is best to consult a specialist.



  • Cat's claw (Uncaria tomentosa)


The cat's claw is a tropical plant that has been traditionally used in the Peruvian tribes to treat cancers, tumors, joint aches, respiratory problems, ulcers and degenerative diseases. The part of the plant where its therapeutic components are located, is in the bark and the root. It seems that their alkaloids would be responsible for increasing immunity and eliminating free radicals. It is for this reason that it is used to treat people with immune problems or who require aggressive treatment.


Its anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants and other potential benefits make this Amazon plant one of the most sought after and most sought after by cosmetics and medicine.


How it is taken


The cat's claw is marketed in the form of capsules, dry bark for infusions and tincture.


Whenever a pathology or treatment is followed, consult a specialist. Cat's nail may interact with certain medications.



In this post, only the most prominent immunological properties are mentioned. Although all of these foods and species have many properties for treating different pathologies.


 

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