As the world slowly emerges from the coronavirus pandemic related lockdown measures and we all take our first tentative steps into the word outside our back gardens, blinking in the sunlight, it’s easy to wonder if we’ll ever live the same lives again.
Wearing face masks on public transport, queuing to visit our favourite shops (we’re open, hello! You might need to queue, but we can’t wait to see your face again) and feeling wary of hugging our loved ones all feels like it’ll be the norm from now on.
But one thing will remain certain – that we need to be doing all we can to look after the health of our immune system. The immune system is a complex system of cells, molecules, tissues and organs that work tirelessly to protect us against invading bugs. The more robust our immune system, the better equipped we are to avoid being struck down by nasty bugs.
So we need to do all we can to look after our biological army of immune cells and other factors. This includes eating a healthy, varied diet rich in fruits and vegetables, getting plenty of sleep, avoiding stress where we can and keeping our hands clean with regular washing and sanitising.
But we can also help to support the health of our immune system by taking certain supplements, that when taken along with a healthy diet and lifestyle, can help to maintain a strong immune system.
The reason fresh fruits and vegetables are so important for immunity is their level of antioxidants. Antioxidants helps to neutralise free radicals, nasty little unstable molecules that can cause damage to our cells and cause inflammation, which in turn can dampen down our immune defences.
The most well-known antioxidant is vitamin C, so taking a daily high dose vitamin C supplement is a good idea, especially as you start socialising again. A fizzy, effervescent vitamin C supplement will give you an energy boost in the morning too!
The herb echinacea helps to bolster the efforts of vitamin C, so taking an echinacea tincture each day will also help to support your immune defences. Pop in to see us, as we have plenty of options in-store that aren’t on our website. Zinc also helps to boost the benefits of vitamin C, so consider taking a zinc supplement too.
Bioflavonoids are a group of highly efficient antioxidants and different types are found in a wide variety of differently coloured fruits and vegetables. Top up your levels by taking a daily bioflavonoid supplement.
Turmeric is the spice that gives curries their wonderful golden yellow colour. It contains over 200 active compounds and the most well studied is curcumin. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and also has excellent anti-inflammatory properties. Together, these make turmeric supplements the ideal choice for supporting a strong immune system. In my mind, if you take one supplement, make it turmeric. (Or eat lots of delicious home cooked curries, we certainly do!)
Next time you’re thinking about taking a supplement, make sure you consider the health of your immune system too.