Thu, Jul 09, 2020, 06:37 PM
As economic activity across India slowly starts to open up, and people start stepping out of their homes, it’s now all the more important for us to take requisite measures to stay safe. A great way to begin is by altering your diet and lifestyle, and include foods that are nutritious and known to have a positive impact on a person’s immunity. Read on to understand how regular consumption of almonds that are a source of vitamin E, zinc, copper, folate, and iron, can contribute to a stronger immune system.
Almonds are high in Vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant to support pulmonary immune function. Vitamin E is also known to offer protection against infections caused by viruses and bacteria. Beyond this, almonds are also high in Copper. Copper contributes to the normal function of the immune system.1
Almonds are also source of zinc. Zinc is known to play a central role in the immune system and is crucial for normal development and function of cells mediating innate immunity, neutrophils, and natural killer cells.2
And finally, Almonds are a source of iron. Iron plays a significant role in immune cell proliferation and maturation, particularly lymphocytes, which are associated with the generation of a specific response to any infection.
How to include almonds in your diet
Almonds are a healthy and convenient food, which can be eaten anytime during the day. Added to that the nut is known for its versatility and crunchiness, and pairs well with several Indian masalas/spices, making it a great addition to several dishes. So be sure to include a handful of almonds to your diet every day! You could choose to eat a handful first thing in the morning, or snack on them before or after a workout, or munch on some in between meals.