Sure-fire foods for a healthy, hearty immune system

03 Jun 2020

Right now, there is an increased focus on boosting our immunity, practicing good hygiene, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

We are what we eat, right? One of the best ways to boost your immunity is through what you eat and drink – the way you fuel your body and help it to develop a strong innate immune system.

Did you know that salmon is an excellent choice for an immunity boost?

Regal King Salmon with Roasted Vegetables & Chili-peanut Dressing

While salmon is more widely known as a ‘brain food’ and for its healthy heart benefits, salmon can make an equally important contribution to a healthy immune system. Salmon is a highly nutritious food and in particular known for being rich in long chain Omega-3 fatty acids which can only be obtained through diet. These essential Omega-3s are known to suppress inflammation and keep the immune system in check. What most people don’t know is that salmon also contains Astaxanthin, Selenium, Zinc, Complex B Vitamins (3, 6 & 12) & Vitamin D. This powerful combination of essential vitamins, minerals & antioxidants are key for improving immune resistance and provide natural support to help keep your immune cells functioning at their best.

Because Regal King Salmon is such a powerful source of highly nutritious marine-based Omega-3s, just one 100g serving will provide enough Omega-3 to cover three days of your recommended dietary requirements for women and two days for men. 

Did you know Astaxanthin is an antioxidant that is 6,000 times more powerful than Vitamin C?

Like Omega-3 you cannot make Astaxanthin in the human body, and therefore you must obtain it through diet or supplementation. Astaxanthin is known as a strong booster of the immune system and helps to reduce inflammation. Astaxanthin has been dubbed the “king of carotenoids,” and as such imbues a vibrant red-pinkish hue to an array of marine life. At your supermarket, the highest natural level of Astaxanthin is found in salmon

Blueberries, dark chocolate, ginger, sunflower seeds and almonds all contain antioxidants, which can help slow damage to cells caused by free radicals: those nasty, unstable molecules that the body produces as a reaction to environmental and other stressors.

Look for Vitamin C & E, which support the immune system, in spinach, red peppers, oranges and kiwifruit.

Vitamin A helps your body regulate your immune system and can protect against infection. Some examples of foods rich in Vitamin A includes sweet potatoes, broccoli, red peppers, and carrots.  Plus, the fibre in veggies and fruit supports the probiotics that live in your digestive system, helping them grow and thrive.

This is all sounding like a pretty delicious way to give our immune systems a lift!

So here at Regal we say “eat a rainbow” – make sure there is plenty of colour on your plate – and make sure that vibrant orange colour of Regal salmon is one of them.

Regal Cold Smoked Salmon Bánh Mì