Immunity is extremely important during a virus outbreak. There are many ways to enhance one’s immunity, such as getting enough sleep, exercise regularly, managing stress level and practice a healthy diet to take in immune enhancing nutrients.
Berries such as elderberry, blueberry, bilberry and other are some of the foods that are rich in anthocyanins, other than those fruits such as grapes and its seeds are also full of anthocyanins.
Studies shown that anthocyanins extract from elderberry possess antimicrobial activity against bacteria. Anthocyanins can boost production of cytokines thus regulate our human immune responses, other than that it can provide anti-inflammatory, antioxidant effects to the consumer.
Anthocyanins is a type of flavonoid, a class of compounds with antioxidant effect that Anthocyanins are the pigments that decided plants rich coloring it can be in red, purple and blue color.
Seaweed and Algae many of these are known to have are known to have a variety of vitamins, minerals and even some special nutrient such as Fucoidan, they are very nutritious and provide numerous health benefits.
In addition, Fucoidan is a good immune cell activator that can strengthen immunity and fight against harmful factors. Fucoidan can improve both immunity responses which are innate (non-specific) and adaptive (specific) immunity. It can stimulate phagocytic activity of macrophages and activate proliferation of immune cells to strengthen one’s immunity.
Medicinal Mushroom is one of the foods contains high amount of active ingredient Beta-glucan which is beneficial for immune health. However, many people are afraid of fungus mushroom and misunderstood that fungus contains toxic and they are deadly to us. Some of the examples of medicinal mushroom and Maitake (Grifola frondose) mushroom.
Maitake and Tiger Milk mushroom are both famous of the active ingredient Beta- glucan which has immune modulating effect that, there are numerous aids in lowering cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.
On the other hand, Reishi mushroom also contains polysaccharide and triterpenes that helps to enhance one’s immunity, hepatoprotective effect, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and more.
Colos (Colostrum) is a milky fluid produced by mother mammals to supply to their infants. Colostrum is extremely important for an infant as it contains high amount of Lactoferrin Growth factors and Antibodies, these nutrients can help in enhancing immune responses and stimulate growth. Antibody in Colostrum include Immunoglobulin immunity.
IgG is a common antibody in our blood and body fluids, it can recognize the germs that we expose to before allowing us to react faster to the same infections.
Turmeric is famous in the use of spices and it is a common ingredient used in curry.
Little do we know, turmeric contains a compound called curcuminoid, and curcuminoid consists of an important substance which is curcumin.
It is a strong antioxidant with powerful and-inflammatory effect that able to ease inflamed joints.
Moreover, Curcumin has been proven to have immune modulating effect. It helps to modulate the activation of our immune cells such as T cells, B cells, macrophages and so on. Hence, with this effect, it can benefit those who are suffering from immune disorder.