Nutritional Immunology

Nutrition in Plants

Our body needs wholesome nutrients to perform perfectly. Apart from strengthening our defenses, these nutrients aid the body in growth and development, cell repair, and a variety of physiological functions.

Many of us think that protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fats are the only nutrients we need. Actually, there are three other types of nutrients that our body sorely needs to become an insurmountable fortress against diseases. These nutrients are antioxidants, phytochemicals and polysaccharides.

What exactly are phytochemicals, antioxidants and polysaccharides? In short, phytochemicals are natural compounds found in plants. They enhance the functioning of the immune system and certain phytochemicals can also suppress tumors. Antioxidants delay aging by protecting body cells from oxidation while polysaccharides balance the immune system by producing immune cells and chemicals that aid in the destruction of cancer cells or viruses.

Vegies with potent nutrientsWhat we eat will determine how we feel, look and act every day. So, in consuming plant foods, we revitalize our immune system because plant foods, besides helping us to defend against diseases, also help to aid digestion and flush out toxins. In contrast, consuming too many animal products and high-fat foods will impair immunity, leaving us in a tired, lethargic state.

Hence, the most effective way to achieve proper nutrition is to eat wholesome and natural plant foods. Plant foods are most suitable as they can equip us with nutrients in a natural way with no harmful side effects unlike chemically extracted vitamins or tonics.

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