There are lots of nutrients that help to support immune function and the pineapple immune boosting smoothie includes some well-known immune boosting ingredients. Immune function actually begins in the gut through the production of short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), a process that occurs through the fermentation of indigestible prebiotic dietary fibres (that’s foods such as garlic, onions, bananas, leeks, asparagus and oats).
Immune health begins in the gut!
Vitamin C is, of course, a key component to immune health. Whilst SCFAs help to support immune response and prevent the invasion of pathogens, vitamin C is a key component of white blood cells. White blood cells are crucial to detecting and fighting infections to support immune function, so the key message here is the more foods rich in vitamin C you can include in your diet, the better. Aside from immune health, vitamin C is also a key component in collagen production, a structural protein that provides structure and strength to skin and connective tissues.
Pineapple: Pineapple is a good source of vitamin C and also contains the enzyme bromelain. Bromelain increases the flow of digestive enzymes to help stimulate the breakdown proteins increasing absorption and digestion of nutrients.
Ginger: Gingerol and shogaol are compounds found in ginger that help to reduce pain, fever and inflammation.
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Amy Savage is a qualified Nutritionist with a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional & Dietetic Medicine and is available for consultations online and in Sydney CBD. Email email@example.com for further details.