Autumn is coming and, with it, the dreaded colds and flu. The drop in temperatures and the high humidity are favorable environmental conditions for their propagation. This year, in addition, we have to add another virus, SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.
What can we do to guarantee the health of our immune system and to reduce the risk of infections by keeping our defenses high?
Maintain a healthy and balanced diet, drink plenty of water, ensure good intestinal health (probiotics), avoid tobacco and alcohol, wash your hands frequently, use disposable tissues, reduce stress, protect yourself from the cold and escape from closed spaces and agglomerations are some of the measures that must be taken to reduce the risk of viral infection.
Physical activity, proper nutrition, emotional balance, good sleep hygiene and food supplements will help to strengthen the defenses and boost the immune system.
Vitamins A, B, C and D, as well as minerals such as iron, selenium or zinc, are related to the proper functioning of the immune system. Proper eating habits will ensure a sufficient supply of these micronutrients. If the diet is not balanced, food supplements may be used, while measures will be taken to progressively improve the diet
There are also medicinal plants that can strengthen our defenses. Garlic, blueberries, astragalus, turmeric, echinacea, ginger, propolis, elderberry or cat’s claw are the most used.
A special mention deserves arabinogalactans, complex carbohydrates of plant origin, coming from food (coconut, peas, pears, radishes, tomatoes, carrots, etc.), plants (larch, turmeric, echinacea) or mushrooms (reishi ), which help prevent or fight viral and bacterial infections thanks to their immunostimulating action, by promoting the proper functioning of the intestinal tract and stimulating the immune system.
About the intestinal tract, arabinogalactans, an important source of dietary fiber, have a prebiotic effect that allows us to maintain good digestive health (more than 70% of our defenses depend on the intestine) and favors the growth of the intestinal microbiota
About the immune system, arabinogalactans activate phagocytosis (ingestion and degradation of microbes and other materials by certain types of white blood cells), increase the synthesis of natural killer cells or natural killers (detect tumor or infected cells and destroy them), potentiate the activity of macrophages and monocytes (white blood cells with high phagocytic capacity) and of interferon gamma, prevent bacterial reproduction and lead the immune system to a state of continuous maximum performance, depending on the dose (the higher the dose, the greater the effect, without maximum cap as in the case of echinacea).
In addition, arabinogalactans decrease the production of ammonia, toxic to the body, and increase the production of short chain fatty acids, which can influence the amount of cytokines released (proteins that act as messengers of immune and inflammatory reactions, such as tumor necrosis factor alpha, interleukin 6, or interferon gamma)
Dr. Iolanda Miró i Vinaixa
Collegiate number 08-34.671
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