What are a Few Immune Support Ingredients You Can Add to Your Recipes this Winter Season?

January 20, 2021

Author: Angela Trotter, M.S., CNS, AFMCP, Clinical Functional Nutritionist

The ultimate goal when attempting to achieve optimal immune health is to have a well-balanced immune system that responds appropriately when challenged. Consuming foods that have immunomodulatory effects can be powerful ways to support this process.

1) Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

  • This powerful spice can attribute its medicinal affects to curcumin
  • When combining the piperine in black pepper with the curcumin in turmeric, it enhances curcumin absorption by up to 2,000%. So be sure to add the black pepper for increased impact.
  • Contains Anti-Inflammatory properties, and shown to play a role in inflammatory and metabolic diseases.
  • Shown to have Immunomodulatory effects
  • As an antioxidant, it can reduce the damaging effects of oxidative stress

2) Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

  • Shown to possess various biological activities such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial that make it an excellent immune supporting spice
  • Shown effective against upper respiratory tract infections due to its anti-viral properties.
  • Potential to prevent or manage several diseases such as neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes, support nausea from chemotherapy treatments or motion sickness

**As with all things, we are all uniquely different.  If you notice an adverse response to turmeric, or ginger make a note and find a nutritionist to help you work out your specific reaction(s).

Author: Angela Trotter, M.S., CNS, AFMCP, Clinical Functional Nutritionist

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