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  • Writer's pictureAgnes Plantalech

BASIC FOODS TO INCREASE DEFENSES PART (I)

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

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



There are certain times of the year such as fall and spring, or different stages of life in which we need to strengthen our immune system to prevent possible flu, colds, or other infectious diseases.

Nature offers us great variety of foods that provide us with beneficial substances to increase our defenses.


Below and throughout these two blog posts, we will list some of the most important foods and spices that may be available to everyone.


Caring for our digestive system, following a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, using natural nutrients and respecting hours of rest, doing regular physical activity, and a rhythm of life avoiding stress are one of the most important factors that will help us keep our defenses active.

  • Garlic (Allium Sativum)


Garlic has been used for centuries to treat different diseases. The medicinal part of the garlic plant is the bulbs. Garlic contains sulfur-rich compounds that help the body fight off infectious processes. Garlic is said to be a natural antibiotic. This is because it prevents the excessive proliferation of bacteria that can cause infections and poisoning.


Cooked garlic loses much of its properties. Heat destroys its most important active ingredients: Ajoene and Allicin. To take advantage of these active ingredients, it must be chopped and rested for a few minutes so that these two compounds are formed.


How it is taken


For garlic to have a therapeutic effect it is recommended to brush one to two times a day.


If you are taking anticoagulants, it is best to consult a specialist before taking high doses.



  • Royal Jelly


Jelly is a substance secreted by young worker bees. It is also the food of the larvae of worker bees in the first months and of the queen throughout their lives. One of its most prominent properties is that it boosts defenses and strengthens the immune system. It has an antiviral and antimicrobial action, which is very effective for colds and flu.


How it is taken


It is recommended to take between 50 and 300 mg daily (healthy adult individuals) on an empty stomach for 15-20 days. And if you want to continue the treatment, you must rest for at least 30 days. It can be found in various formats such as fresh, powdered or lyophilized.


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.


  • Turmeric (Curcuma Longa)


The part of the plant that gives us the therapeutic properties is the rhizome. Turmeric has been used for therapeutic and gastronomic purposes for more than 2500 years. Its wide range of properties is due to curcumin. It has a large immunomodulatory capacity that acts through cytokines and T lymphocytes. It stimulates the production and activity of immune cells by strengthening their defenses.


Turmeric by itself is hardly absorbed by the body. Pepper has a component called Piperine which increases the bioavailability of turmeric. With this association, can get the body to take full advantage of its therapeutic properties.


How it is taken


There are several marketing formats, for example in capsules, powder or at the root. To treat it, you should consume about 3 tablespoons a day, accompanied by a small amount of pepper. It can be used in the kitchen as a seasoning, for infusions or poultices.


There are not too many contraindications, as long as you do not overdo it. When taking medication, it is best to consult a specialist before taking high doses.


  • Cinnamom (Cinnamomum Zeylacium)


Cinnamon is a species native to Sri Lanka, but it is also cultivated in India, China, Vietnam and Madagascar. This species is extracted from the inner bark of Cinammomum trees, from which cinnamon powder, branch and essential oil are obtained. Each format has different uses, for example, cinnamon powder is widely used in baking, the branch in teas, and essential oil as a natural remedy for some ailments. Cinnamon aids in immune activity and protects the body from bacteria and viruses. It acts as an antiseptic and is an antiviral.


It is said that Cinnamon is a product that never expires, but over time it loses its characteristic aroma and properties. This together with honey are great allies, and for centuries they have been used together to enhance each other, becoming a "miraculous combination" for different treatments.


How it is taken


The recommended daily amount is about 3 grams.


Pregnant women and children under 2 years of age should not be used therapeutically. If you have ulcer-type gastrointestinal disorders, or are taking any medication, it is best to consult a specialist.


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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