Autumn, as always, collects a tangle of problems – here are viruses, and longing because of the cloudy sky and lack of sun, and, in general, fatigue from work. In anticipation of the New Year holidays (there are still a month and a half before them!) It’s easy to get depressed. But that’s where the food comes in! The most seasonal, and therefore the most useful.
1. Pumpkin – dietary and super healthy
The rich orange color of the pumpkin means that it is literally filled with antioxidants and beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in our body. This means that the more often it is eaten (in combination with cereals, in soups, candied fruits, etc.), the better the body will resist certain types of cancer, heart disease and aging. And it also has a lot of water and vitamins C, group B, minerals – potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. And most importantly – vitamin D, without which the immune system weakens and the mood deteriorates.
2. Persimmon – eat before, during and after illness
There is even more beta-carotene in persimmon than in pumpkin. So for prolonging youth, it is indispensable. It also contains a lot of magnesium and a lot of potassium. Nervous cores are simply necessary! A couple of fruits a day will replace a serving of valocordin.
And rich in vitamins C and R, persimmon has a good effect on blood vessels, reducing their fragility and permeability. It helps to recover after covid and other viral diseases.
3. Autumn berries are pantries of vitamins and antioxidants
Cranberries, sea buckthorn, wild rose, red ashberry, viburnum are the most excellent support for our immunity and mood in the winter months.
* Rosehip, cranberry, mountain ash are the leaders in the content of vitamin C. There is 40 times more vitamin C in rosehip than in lemon!
* There is a lot of vitamin R in red mountain ash, which is necessary for capillaries and the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. Black chokeberry berries are rich in iodine.
* Hawthorn contains ursolic acid, which has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects.
* And sea buckthorn (now you will be surprised!) Contains 5-hydroxytriamine (serotonin), which is vital for our nervous system. And in sea buckthorn berries this substance is ten times more than in chocolate!
* Cranberries are generally a storehouse of vitamins A, B and C, and can also calm the nerves.
* Lingonberries in the content of carotene (provitamin A) are superior to all berries and fruits. It is also rich in vitamin B2, an important vitamin for nerves and immunity.
And if you do not boil the berries, but pour them with boiling water and leave them overnight in a thermos, then the vitamins will remain intact.
4. Apples – for easy breathing
The most useful fruits are those that ripen in their native latitudes. And which can be eaten straight off the branch. Basically, apples. They contain minerals and vitamins in the most optimal combinations for us. And during the cold period (and during the rampant coronavirus), apples are simply necessary: scientists have found that those who regularly eat apples (at least one a day) have a lower chance of getting respiratory diseases, and their lungs function better. Also, our native apples protect the lungs from the effects of tobacco smoke and other harmful substances in the air.
5. Mushrooms – a magical kick for immunity
It is believed that beta-glucans – natural polysaccharides – contained in both raw mushrooms and boiled mushrooms, “boost” the immune system. And mushrooms are an excellent source of vitamin D, due to the lack of which increases the risk of contracting viral diseases. In addition, mushrooms contain the natural antioxidant melanin, which also protects our cells from various harmful effects.
– True, mushrooms accumulate toxins and carcinogens, like a sponge. – Therefore, it is worth using only mushrooms collected in the forest, far from roads, industrial enterprises, railways, and preferably with your own hands. Well, or buy champignons and oyster mushrooms from trusted manufacturers.