A VARIETY of cold and illnesses seem to flourish during the autumn and winter months, but there are a number of antioxidants you may not know about, which you should be taking, to keep your immune system top form.
From more well-mown ingredients, to the more obscure ones, these are the antioxidants you should be taking if you want to feel in tip top shape.
The eucalyptus is native to Australia and while it is koala bears’ natural source of nutrition, eucalyptus oil also has fantastic uses for humans too. Eucalyptus also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which can help relieve the symptoms of a cold and is a great decongestant.
Research has also shown that the oil can help increase the number of phagocytes in your body which fights bacterial cells – it has immune boosting properties to help fight off your next cold before it’s even begun.
Symptoms of catarrh can be eased by inhaling Care Eucalyptus Oil (25ml) vapour, either on a handkerchief, or by adding a few drops to hot water. Care Eucalyptus Oil can also provide relief to minor muscular cramps and sprains by massaging a small amount onto the affected area.
Vitamin C and E
Vitamins C, E and Selenium support the protection of DNA, proteins and lipids from oxidative damage. Both Selenium and Vitamin C are also used to support the normal function of the immune system – £9.99 for 50 capsules from Holland & Barrett stores nationwide.
Mushroom supplements can provide immune boosting and anti-inflammatory benefits. Holland & Barrett has introduced a range of Mushroom supplements which provide this, combines with high levels of vitamin D, suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.
Alex Thompson, Holland & Barrett’s Nutritionist, said: “The new range of vegan, friendly Vitamin D Mushroom supplements, can provide all the traditional health benefits of mushrooms in a convenient, concentrated form. These benefits can include boosting the immune system, inhibiting the growth of viruses, fungus and bacteria and parasites and antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.”
Dragon’s blood sap
Composed of more than 40 different anti-oxidising, anti-inflammatory, anti-free radical and anti-bacterial molecules, clinical trials found within just 24 hours from first application of Dragon’s Blood sap, the number of skin cells responsible for the production of collagen and elastin are increased by 40 per cent. The production of these two essential elements helps retain and reinforce skin’s firmness, resulting in a more youthful complexion.
EKIA’s Creme Originelle combines is £30.99 at Holland and Barrett online.
Skin should not be neglected either in the colder weather.
Green tea leaves contain a compound called polyphenols, and when applied to the skin, green tea can reduce sun damage by reducing inflammation. These powerful antioxidants help protect the skin from free radical damage so are vital for anti-ageing treatments.
Lycopene, with the ability to quench free radicals twice as effectively as beta-carotene, is one of the most powerful antioxidants used in skincare. Lycopene is founds in red fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes and helps improve skin texture because it promotes collagen production and reduces the DNA damage that leads to wrinkles.
Grape seed is extracted from vitas vinifera and is rich in proanthocyanidins. Proanthocyanidins are potent antioxidants with strong free radical scavenging activities.
This comes after it was revealed cinnamon could be the key to digestive health.
Researchers at RMIT University School of Engineering in Melbourne, Australia discovered that adding just a sprinkle of cinnamon in your diet could lower your stomach temperature and aid digestion.
Full Article: Express.