Pumpkin and oats to boost your immune system? Ummm yes please!! Pumpkin Porridge is a deliciously warming recipe created with ginger, pumpkin and oats to help you give your immune system a boost or just some ongoing love (which is also really important).
Having a fully functioning immune system is a key aspect of good health and how many of you only start to think about upping the vitamin C ante when you feel unwell or run-down? I know I’ve been guilty of that over the years… that moment when your throat starts to get sore and you know a cold is on its way, I panic and head straight towards the nearest juice bar!
Did you know that more than 200 different viruses can cause colds!
Colds aside though, our immune system does so much more than protect against the sniffles. Cells in our body help to protect us from invading pathogens that are airborne, enter through wounds, parasitic infections or allergic reactions and all form part of an immune response. Vitamin C is a nutrient of huge importance in immune health, but there are so many more nutrients that form part of the process. ENTER immune boosting Pumpkin Porridge..
Ginger – It’s not only got a wonderful pungent and warming flavour, but it contains two key elements gingerol and shogaol that are key to inhibiting reactions that cause pain, fever and inflammation.
Oats – An unlikely ingredient when you think of immune boosting foods, but their important role in maintaining optimal gut health is a crucial part of the immunity process. Oats are a prebiotic food that produce short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) through a fermentation process in the gut. A really important mechanism of SCFAs is their ability to defend against infection and a bowl of oats for breakfast, makes for the perfect winter warmer.
Pumpkin – a double whammy because not only does fresh pumpkin have immune boosting benefits as a rich source of vitamin A, pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc. Vitamin A boosts antioxidant intake and together with zinc produces and activates immune boosting lymphocytes (white blood cells).
Have you tried to make this? I’d love to hear what you think.. And if you like ginger, you might also like The Ultimate Healthy Hot Chocolate recipe!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.