The coronavirus is arguably humanity’s biggest collective challenge in centuries. While our scientists, doctors and officials are doing their best to tackle its spread and find a vaccine, the onus is on each one of us to keep ourselves safe. What’s more, if we keep ourselves healthy, the chances of contracting the virus are minimized. The age-old advice of a healthy diet and good exercise will go a long way in building a strong immune system to keep the virus at bay.
5 Superfoods to Boost Your Immunity in Coronavirus
And help is at hand. We’ve assembled a team of five superfoods that will not just help boost your immunity, but taste pretty good as well. Are you ready to meet your team?
1. Ragi: The transformer!
Smoothie. Dosa. Waffles. Starter. Main course. Dessert. Solid. Liquid. There is nothing that ragi cannot do. This versatile superfood brings with it the powers of calcium, gluten-free protein, a whole lot of fiber, and lots of amino acids. All this helps boost your immune system. Once a staple diet in South India for a long time, ragi is now all the rage and it’s easy to see why. You can get your ragi fix easily in our delicious Fruit & Nut Millet Muesli, Ragi Bites Cereal, Namkeen, and Smoothix Shakes. Four different types? Yes! We did tell you Ragi was pretty versatile.
2. Oats: The calm one
At first glance, Oats seem innocuous. Only when you get to know it do you realise its power. This symbol of peace has an immense amount of fiber to keep your digestive system tip-top. Among the many enemies it vanquishes are cholesterol, thanks to its beta-glucen power. It comes from the family of whole grains, meaning it retains all those excellent natural vitamins and minerals to boost your immunity in these coronavirus times. Finally, it may not look it, but 12% of its energy comes from protein! Need oats? Call on him with our Oat & Millet Meal, Millet Muesli and Smoothix shakes.
3. Jaggery: The fun lover
Every team of superheroes needs that one person who’s not just awesome, but also fun to hang out with! The Ninja Turtles had Michaelangelo, and we have… Jaggery! The J is great for controlling blood pressure, detoxifying the liver, stimulates digestive enzymes, and can even provide natural defence against the cough, cold and flu (and who would say no to that at this point?). While all those seem to make jaggery a great superfood on its own, what sets it apart is its sweet taste! That’s right, jaggery is the superfood you want to party with - sans all the ills of sugar. Find this party animal adding sweetness to our Smoothix shakes! A great addition to any list of foods to build the immune system.
4. Papaya: The exotic warrior
From Central America, once worshipped by the Mayans, is the papaya! To those of us who’ve seen in it fruit carts, it’s not an obvious superfood. But digging deeper (into its delicious taste!), you’ll see why it totally deserves its place in this pantheon of immunity-boosting heroes. Yes, like all superfoods, it’s packed with nutrients & minerals - but it has a few other tricks up its sleeve. It’s a powerhouse of Vitamin C - one fruit can give over 150% of your daily needs! It’s got loads of Vitamin A and B9 too, and shockingly few carbs (15g per 150g of fruit). And while many superfoods have antioxidants, this one has carotenoids, which gets absorbed faster, which means it can fight those nasty free radicals faster. Need Papaya? Find it in our delicious Fruit & Nut Millet Muesli.
5. Almond: The tough guy
With its distinctive shape, almonds are as identifiable as they are delicious. But beneath that tough exterior lies a heart of gold… And a lot of nutrients that make this a must-add in any healthy diet. Almonds bring with them plant proteins, good fats, antioxidants, and a lot of minerals including phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, calcium, iron, zinc and potassium. Not bad for a nut, you say? Almond knows better. Need to call on almonds to help boost your immune system? Our Smoothix and Muesli range all contain this tough dude!
And there you have it - our army of immunity booster foods, who will keep you well-protected from the virus and other ailments. As always, keep yourself safe, and make sure you have these nutritional superheroes handy.