In my last blog post, I wrote about one simple solution to warding off colds and flu. I thought that I would share another one, since we are still susceptible to colds and flus as spring weather approaches. The fluctuating temperatures of this season can be a challenge to our immune system. Eating carotenoid rich fruits and vegetables and enhancing our diet with a carotenoid complex supplement can also boost immune response, helping to fight bacteria and viruses.
Carotenoid containing fruits and vegetables are the red, orange, yellow and deep green coloured ones, for example, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, red bell peppers, strawberries, apricots and peaches. They (along with garlic) are immune system building super foods. As potent antioxidants, carotenoids shield our cells from free radical-induced oxidative stress, thus preventing the initiation of the chain of cellular events that may lead to decline of the immune system. A weakened immune system can wreak havoc on your health. By interrupting oxidation reactions, as well as stimulating and fortifying immune function, carotenoids maximize the body’s natural defense systems and may lower the risk of disease development.
In order for us to build a stronger immune system, it’s crucial to consume the recommended servings of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables daily. Canada’s food guide recommends 7-10 servings of fruits and veggies every day. In a previous blog, I wrote that “Stats Can” reported the results of the Canadian Community Health Survey, 2011. This survey reported less than half of us are actually consuming the national recommendation for fruits and vegetables! Those of us who eat more fruits and vegetables have a lower risk of a wide variety of illnesses caused by immune system compromise. That is why I recommend supplementing your diet with a whole food supplement like GNLD’s Carotenoid Complex.
Carotenoid Complex is a broad-spectrum, lipid-soluble nutrient supplement made from carotenoid rich fruits and vegetables. More than just beta-carotene, a carotenoid name you might recognize, Carotenoid Complex provides 15 carotenoid “family members” as they naturally occur in the human food chain in fruits and vegetables. Single carotenoids do not occur in isolation in natural foods; they occur with their other carotenoid “family members.” In fact, the importance and uniqueness of the carotenoid group lies in their family structure – each member contributes protective effects and works together as a team to provide maximum benefits.
A USDA study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (1997) shows that GNLD Carotenoid Complex boosts overall immune function by 37% in just 20 days.
Are you eating enough fruits and vegetables every day? Support your immune system and continue to ward off colds and flus as we say goodbye to winter and hello to spring. Eat the recommended 7-10 servings, with at least half being a variety of carotenoid rich fruits and vegetables. Fill the gap with what you might be missing on a daily basis with GNLD’s Carotenoid Complex. It’s good insurance for a healthy immune system and a healthy YOU!
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Happy, colourful munching! To your vibrant health!