Super-charge your immunity with Tigernuts

It’s all too familiar. First it begins with the slight tickle of the throat and before too long you’re curled up in the foetal position on the couch, binge-watching daytime TV and drowning your sorrows in chicken soup. Yep, getting sick sucks.

The viruses that cause colds peak in spring and fall, whilst the influenza viruses peak in the winter. Which means you want your immune system functioning at it’s peak to keep these nasties at bay.

Thankfully there are some natural ways that you can help keep the sniffles away.

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the best immune boosting nutrients helping reduce the duration of illness [1]. Vitamin C increases the production of white blood cells and antibodies in the blood. It also increases the level of interferons, a group of proteins that have the ability to protect cells from virus infections [2].

 

Vitamin E

When it comes to preventing and fighting off colds, vitamin E tends to take a backseat to vitamin C. Vitamin E however is a powerful antioxidant important in helping regulate and maintain immune system function [3].

 

Zinc

Zinc is an important immune boosting mineral and may help reduce the duration of a cold by up to 50% [5].  Most colds are caused by a type of virus called rhinovirus, which thrives and multiplies in the nasal passages and throat (upper respiratory system). Zinc may work by preventing the rhinovirus from multiplying from lodging in the mucous membranes of the throat and nose. [6]

Zinc can also act as an effective stimulant in moments of fatigue or tiredness caused by sickness [7].

 

Which superfood is high in all three of these? None other than the trusty old Tigernut.

In addition to a high content of healing vitamins Tigernuts have the following immune-boosting super powers:

 

Antibacterial Properties

A study published in the Ancient Science of Life explains that the antibacterial properties of tigernuts have the ability to fight off dangerous pathogens such as salmonella, E coli and other common bacterial infections. This is particularly useful for those who have developed an antibiotic resistance [4].

 

Anti-inflammatory Properties

Tigernuts are praised for their anti-inflammatory healing properties. The American Journal of Immunology published a study revealing that tigernuts regulate the production of inflammatory cells and improve inflammatory responses [8] which will help you reduce the intensity of a sore throat and other inflammatory responses to illness.

 

Gut Health

Your gut plays a huge role in immune system function. The gut is the first line of defence between you and any pathogens you come across.

A healthy gut flora strengthens the physical defences of the gut wall as a layer of cells lining the gut (epithelial cells) protecting your body from potential pathogens. Your gut flora also competes with potential pathogens for space and food.

This means that if you feed your gut bacteria with prebiotic rich tigernuts, you can maintain a healthy gut flora to help crowd out bad pathogenic bacteria [9].

 

So if you improve the health of your gut flora with tigernuts, you can improve your immune function, which in turn will make your gut flora even happier. It’s a win-win!

 

Moral of the story? Eat a handful of tigernuts a day to keep the doctor away!

 

Love TFF xx

 

1.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19263912

2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23700397

3.http://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/foods-that-boost-the-immune-system#overview1

4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22557327/?ncbi_mmode=st

5. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/supplement-guide-zinc#1

6.http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/common-cold/expert-answers/zinc-for-colds/faq-2005776

7. http://www.tigernuts.com/blog/the-tigernut-and-the-vegan-diet/

8.http://www.tigernuts.com/blog/dietary-supplementation-tigernuts-attenuated-atherosclerotic-lesion-68/

9. https://paleoleap.com/importance-gut-flora-immune-system/

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