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Supplements to support your immune system against Coronavirus

At CravingMeals, we’ve always been here to provide you with the best guidance and the essential truths about your genetic biomarkers. Now is no different in the health scare of Coronavirus.

Your immune system is a complex chain of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect your body on a daily basis from infections like these.

We noticed an influx of misinformation spreading about immunity and respiratory infections like Coronavirus, and it’s times like these when we feel we have a role to fill.

Respiratory infections affect the sinuses, throat, airways or lungs, and include a range of illnesses from pneumonia to the common cold.

Research shows that some supplements may reduce your risk of infection.

In this post, we clarify and recommend scientifically-proven supplement remedies that may safely support your immune system.

As always, consult a medical doctor before taking any nutritional supplements that we recommend.

Fermented foods and probiotics have anti-pathogenic and anti-inflammatory effects

Fermented foods like kefir and kimchi can quickly plant healthy microbes in your stomach, and foods rich in fiber like beans and cruciferous vegetables help them to flourish once they’ve found their home.

Fermented food sources:

  • Kefir
  • Kimchi
  • Yogurt
  • Sauerkraut
  • Tempeh
  • Miso

Vitamin C’s reputation for immune system support is justified

Vitamin C is most abundant in fresh, whole foods like pineapple, guava, kiwi, and broccoli, Brussel sprouts. And the lack of fresh produce in the typical diet has caused vitamin C deficiency to be one of the leading nutrient deficiencies. We, therefore, must focus on eating vitamin C rich foods every day to meet our requirements.

Sources of Vitamin C:

  • Fruits – Pineapple, Guava, Kiwi, Orange, Grapefruit
  • Veggies – Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, spinach, cabbage, turnip greens, and other leafy greens.

Vitamin D supplementation protects your respiratory tract

Studies prove that people with optimal vitamin D concentrations are less likely to encounter the common cold and other respiratory tract infections than those with low vitamin D.

Sources of Vitamin D:

  • Sunlight
  • Fatty fish – like tuna, mackerel, and salmon.
  • Fortified Drinks – Almond milk, Orange Juice, Skim milk, Soy milk.
  • Egg Yolks
  • Cheese

Ginseng improves respiratory symptoms in the elderly

Ginseng is a source including potent antioxidant effects that contributes to supported immunity, reduced inflammation, and other health benefits.

Garlic activates immunity-related genes and lowers your probability of getting sick

Garlic has been used by several different cultures to fight against infectious diseases as it has antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral properties.

Garlic can activate immunity-related genes and decrease the possibility of getting sick in the first place.

You must add a raw garlic clove to your meals.

Hope this blog place you in the best position to protect yourself from contracting and suffering from Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Recipes for immunity

Green citrus smoothie

Green citrus smoothie

Servings

1

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

1

minute
Calories

265

kcal

Per serving – 5 g fat; 54 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana

  • 1/2 orange, peeled

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

  • 2 cups spinach

  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced

  • 1 cup water

Directions

  • Add all ingredients to blender and pulse until smooth.

Berry smoothie bowl

Berry smoothie bowl

Servings

1

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

1

minute
Calories

420

kcal

Per serving – 12 g fat; 70 g carbohydrates; 12 g protein

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana

  • 1/2 cup blueberries

  • 1/2 cup raspberries

  • 2 tbsp chia seeds

  • 2 tbsp oats

  • 1 kiwi, sliced

  • 1 cup almond or oat milk

Directions

  • Blend almond milk, banana, and mixed berries in blender until smooth.
  • Pour smoothie into a bowl and top with oats, kiwi, and chia seeds.

Strawberry almond yogurt parfait

Strawberry almond yogurt parfait

Servings

1

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

1

minute
Calories

320

kcal

Per serving – 15 g fat; 35 g carbohydrates; 13 g protein

Ingredients

  • 1 container nonfat yogurt

  • 1 tbsp flaxseed

  • 1 tbsp almond butter

  • 1 cup strawberries

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

  • Cinnamon

Directions

  • Add yogurt, flax and chia seeds, and cinnamon to a serving bowl and mix.
  • Top with almond butter and strawberries.

Garlic collard greens

Garlic collard greens

Servings

2

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

5

minutes
Calories

408

kcal

Per serving – 16 g fat; 57 g carbohydrates; 13 g protein

Ingredients

  • 2 cups collard greens

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

  • Wash collard greens and cut or rip to desired size.
  • Pour olive oil into a pan and cook garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Stir in collard greens and water. Cook until desired level of tenderness.

Four bean salad

Four bean salad

Servings

1

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking timeminutes
Calories

636

kcal

Per serving – 35 g fat; 61 g carbohydrates; 21 g protein

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup black-eye peas

  • 1/2 cup navy beans

  • 1/2 cup adzuki beans

  • 1/2 cup chickpeas

  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped

  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped

  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 1/2 tsp table salt

  • pinch of black pepper

Directions

  • To make the dressing, whisk together the vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Rinse and drain beans, and combine in a bowl with the onion, celery, and parsley. Stir in as much of the dressing as you’d like.

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