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Identifying ingredients that help improve immunity & encourage use in food
Wednesday, 29 July, 2020, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
We are all dealing with Covid-19 pandemic, which till date has no defined cure or vaccine. According to experts, wearing a mask, frequent sanitisation, social distancing and boosting your immunity are the only ways to deal with Covid-19. The terrible pandemic awakened the fact that our food systems are vulnerable, we have all heard the saying that 'food is medicine' due to their inherent medicinal and healing properties.

The Indian kitchen is a hub of ingredients like cereals, vegetables, fruits, herbs & spices, and  edible oils, which are a source of vital nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. This has been established by studies conducted over a period of time. When these ingredients are used effectively in small quantities in a dish, they help improve the health and well-being besides strengthening the immune system. When we cook the food ourselves, we can be sure of the ingredients being used in the dishes, how they are cooked and what can be the possible outcome on our health and immunity.

Nutritionists and wellness experts highlight the importance of strengthening immunity to live a healthy life. As the Corona virus spreads across the country and the world, you might be wondering how to stop the virus. While there are no foods that can prevent you from contracting the Corona virus, there are ways to make viral symptoms less painful. You can also protect your body from coughing and sniffles by loading up on immune-boosting ingredients in food.

Dr Lahari Surapaneni, nutritionist & wellness consultant, Hyderabad, stated, "Strong immune system is the key to a healthy life. For this strong immune system we need nutrients like proteins, Iron, Zinc, Selenium, Vitamins A, C, D & E. We can get most of the nutritious food from dairy products, fruits & vegetables, meats, leafy vegetables, pulses, grains. To ensure that our immune system is performing optimally we need to know the nutritious home-cooked meals and the right ingredients for the required vitamins. When it comes to cooking, I prefer Freedom Sunflower oil as it is fortified with Vitamins A, D & E to cook the food.”

Adding to this P Chandra Shekhara Reddy, VP, sales & marketing, Freedom Healthy Cooking Oils, said, ”Covid-19 infection can be prevented by sanitising your hands, using mask, maintaining social distancing, and eating healthy food to boost immunity. Kitchen is a hub for many ingredients that have a proven record for providing the required carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, etc to help us stay healthy and boost immunity. However, we strongly recommend people to use quality brands for all your ingredients to enjoy maximum nutritional benefits. These brands ensure that the best quality product is packaged in a completely sanitised & hygienic environment – safe for your consumption. Often the products like Freedom Sunflower Oil are fortified with vitamins A, D & E to help build immunity. Please stay safe and use standard brands for kitchen spices, pulses, edible oils, etc. to get the best quality product for your consumption.”

The brand is increasing awareness through a campaign ‘#Immunity Begins in the Kitchen’ to identify the ingredients that help improve the immunity and encourage their use in daily food. To boost your immune system, the best way is to manage a balanced lifestyle that involves nutritious eating habits, yoga and meditation, deep sleep and a positive outlook towards life. Eating the right food helps in healthy and disease-free body. To tide over Covid-19 let’s all resolve to cook using these immuno-boosting ingredients as #Immunity begins in the kitchen.
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