An Indian kitchen is incomplete without Fenugreek Seeds. It is used in almost every Indian preparation let it be dal, paratha, curry and many vegetarian dishes. Fenugreek seeds are strongly aromatic and flavourful. The seeds are bitter in taste, but lose their bitterness if lightly roasted. They are rich in Vitamins such as Thiamin, Folic acid, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamins A, B6, and C, and are a rich storehouse of many minerals such as Copper, Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Selenium, Zinc, Manganese, and Magnesium. Fenugreek leaves are a rich source of Vitamin K as well.
In old age many elders suffer from low immunity, poor digestion, fatigue, weak bones and muscles. Activity of the body reduces and the elderly person may become victim of metabolic disorders like diabetes , osteoporosis, arthritis, heart problems, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, etc. All this does not mean that you have to eat less. Eating right becomes more important than eating less.
Requirement of vitamins, proteins, minerals, fluids and carbohydrates changes in old age. And all these nutrients have to be packaged in easy-to-digest and easy-to-absorb, small frequent meals which are spread out and spaced well over the entire day.
Always remember the motto “You are what you eat”
Below are simple tips to help the seniors feel vibrant and healthy, inside and out:
Continuing the series on 5 Super foods to boost your immune system.
Spinach made our list not just because it’s rich in vitamin C but also because it’s packed with numerous antioxidants and beta-carotene, which may increase the infection-fighting capability of our immune systems.
Polyphenols, potent plant antioxidants, are what’s believed to give green tea its immune-boosting effects. To maximize the benefits and minimize bitterness, use just-below-boiling water and steep green tea no more than a minute or two.
A little lemon and honey can also help blunt the bitterness. But don’t add milk, because the proteins will bind to the polyphenols, making them ineffective.
Aloe Vera is a powerful immune modulator [stimulator]. It has the effect of enhancing the immune system function through improved digestion. Aloe vera acts as a potent anti-inflammatory agent, stopping the damage and leakage of the intestinal wall, thereby taking the stress off the immune system. It increases the number and intensity of all immune cells in the body.
Red Bell Pepper (Red capsicum):
These are known to contain a rich source of Vitamin C as well as beta carotenes. Red bell peppers help fight disease-causing germs very quickly and also keep the skin radiant and rejuvenated.
Gooseberry is the richest source of Vitamin C which is responsible to increase immunity. With increased immune system body is resistance towards common disease like flu, cough and also prevent infections. Gooseberry restores vitality and rejuvenates all bodily systems.
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Our immune system is a complex interaction between organs, glands, body systems, cells and chemicals in the body. This symphonic concert of processes requires proper nourishment in order to function optimally. In today’s world, apart from practicing good hygiene we require the best possible immunity from the multitude of disease causing micro-organisms.
Let have a look at some common foods that have immune-boosting properties: Continue reading 5 Super foods to boost your immune system (Part-1)