Stimulating immunity naturally
Apart from the fact that the immune system can be influenced by diet and the choice of healthy living habits, we can additionally encourage it with fruits from nature, such as black elderberry, whose active ingredients jointly and successfully strengthen the immune system.
Black elderberry – full of healthy substances
Medicinal plants have always been used to stimulate the immune system. One of the most effective ones is black elderberry.
The World Health Organization has proven the healing properties of black elderberry, its effectiveness and absolute safety as a medicine for children and adults through numerous studies. According to the Journal of International Medical Research, flu patients recover on average four days earlier if they use black elderberry syrup as a medicine. In addition, they use other drugs much less.
Over 40 active ingredients of black elderberry, flavonoids, polyphenols, minerals and vitamins, together and successfully strengthen the immune system.
The fruit of black elderberry is full of healthy substances. It contains beta carotene, vitamin C, anthocyanins, tannins, amino acids, as well as chlorogenic acid which is a powerful antioxidant. Anthocyanins enhance immunity by stimulating the production of cytokines, proteins that participate in the regulation of the body’s immune response.
All red berries contain anthocyanins, and according to research available to the US Department of Agriculture, black elderberry has multiple times higher amounts of anthocyanins compared to other red berries.
Black elderberries have almost 5 times the concentration of antioxidants of blueberry fruit.
Important vitamins and minerals
Vitamin D has two very important roles – anti-inflammatory and immunoregulatory. Therefore, it is very important for the functioning of the immune system, because its action protects the body from infection, encouraging the defense of certain types of white blood cells.
Vitamin D deficiency can be associated with an increased risk of respiratory infections, and is therefore very important for the proper functioning of the immune system and protection against disease.
Zinc is a mineral that has a very important immune function. As a powerful antioxidant, zinc protects cells and prevents their damage.
By strengthening the immune system, zinc has an effect on the work of cells that fight infection. In addition, it affects the activation of enzymes that act against pathogens by breaking down their proteins.
Vitamin C is very well known to everyone due to its antioxidant and anti-stress properties, as well as its wide distribution in nutrients.
It protects the body from toxins, preventing cell damage, thus preventing the occurrence of respiratory infections.
Vitamin C is necessary in the period when the immune system needs to be further strengthened because it also participates in the process of production of red blood cells (erythrocytes).
Good sleep for better immunity
Lack of sleep can have a negative effect on the immune system. Adults and children who do not get enough sleep and do not have quality sleep are much more likely to get sick when exposed to the virus. Sleep also affects the speed of recovery when the disease occurs.
During sleep, the immune system releases cytokine proteins, which are very important for the body to fight diseases. Lack of sleep can reduce cytokine production.
When we don’t get enough sleep, the number of antibodies and cells that fight infection also decreases. Depending on the age, children need 10 to 14 hours of sleep, and adults need 7 to 9.
Physical activity and fresh air boost immunity
Not only will you feel healthier and stronger when you exercise and spend a lot of time in the fresh air, it can also help strengthen your immune system.
Closed spaces are full of microbes, especially where children stay – classrooms, kindergartens, day-care facilities… That is why it is very important that children and adults spend a period of time per day outside.
Being in the fresh air promotes the strengthening of the immune system, but also the resistance to allergies in children. Studies have shown that children who live in more rural areas and who spend more time outside are much healthier and more resilient.