Most of us wanting to protect our immune health; we could bene t in achieving our daily intake of immune supporting nutrients such as Vitamins A, B6 & B12, C, D, folic acid and minerals Zinc, Selenium, Iron. Eating more portions of fruit & vegetables also plays an important role as well as increasing resistant fibre from oats, fruit and vegetables, pre and pro biotics for gut health. Kefir and fermented food products such as Kimchi and Kombucha are ones to watch out, though more research is needed in their benefits. Do not forget fresh, frozen, canned, and pureed fruit and vegetables products all count towards your vegetable intake; and can be helpful with those consumers on a budget and looking for products with longer shelf life. Any meat, pasta or snack products that can utilise incorporating more fruit, vegetables and fibre into our diets have an opportunity to succeed.
Other areas of opportunity functional and fortified foods, supplements and herbal products are supporting sleep and mental health. Namely Magnesium, Pantothenic acid Omega 3 fatty acids help with such benefits, as well as those which can aid better sleep and relaxation such as Melatonin and St John’s Worth.
If there was one supplement that is worth investing on; it is Vitamin D. With most of us experiencing reduced access to sunlight while staying at home, we should all consider taking a 10microgram vitamin D supplement while the lockdown continues. Some studies conclude that vitamin D may increase resistance to common colds and u, particularly for people who have low vitamin D status, however currently there is not enough evidence that vitamin D can reduce the risk of coronavirus infection. Whilst more studies should be carried out in this area, it is widely known Vitamin D helps with immunity as well as supporting bone and muscle health.