Feel a cold coming on? Heat up the kettle, stock up on oranges, ask someone dear to bring over soup! While these comforting solutions help overcome sickness, we at Navitas wholeheartedly believe in building up immunity before illness takes hold. Our superfoods to help you do just that.
Three essential nutritional benefits are particularly important in immune health: antioxidants, minerals (zinc, in particular), essential fatty acids.
Prevalent in many Navitas Organics superfoods, these immunity-boosting nutrients give—along with a healthy lifestyle and plenty of rest—aid in creating a strong foundation of health.
Often associated with dark purple foods like blueberries, antioxidants are responsible for combating unstable molecules called free radicals. Forming in our bodies through chronic inflammation, food and environmental toxins, free radicals cause damage to cells and tissues. Antioxidants are naturally anti-inflammatory; in fighting free radicals, they simultaneously support daily health and help ward off chronic disease down the line. A number of Navitas Organics superfoods, including maqui and acai powder, contain the highest levels of antioxidants in any known food!
Aiding in the formation of cells and tissues, minerals are a type of micronutrient that is essential to our overall health. Among its myriad of benefits, the mineral zinc is an active immunity enhancer, helping to regulate cell production in our immune system, and fight inflammation.
Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids— ‘essential’ because they cannot be produced by our bodies and thus must be acquired from our food—are yet another key component of a strong immune system. These fatty acids underpin proper immune response, brain and nervous system functioning and create resilient skin and tissues. Hemp and chia are outstanding sources of plant-based essential fatty acids and can be easily incorporated into your diet in their single-ingredient forms as well as in Navitas’ Power Snacks and Superfood+ Bars.
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