We are in the midst of the flu period and the ailments of the season and who more or less in this period is struggling with sore throat, sneezing, runny nose, muscle pain, tiredness and fever.

But who protects us from all this and how can we strengthen our immune defenses?


This arduous task is up to our immune system! Thanks to its different lines of defense, it manages to protect us from the continuous daily attacks of the microbes with which we come into contact.

The immune system uses different organs and tissues to perform its defense function, but the real protagonists and specialists in this role are small glycoproteins called ANTIBODIES, which act like real soldiers: they seek and "label" the microorganism responsible for the infection and make it visible to the "eating" cells (phagocytes) that eat it and destroy it! Therefore our immune system like a sentinel watches over and attacks every foreign agent who tries to evade our barriers.

Most of the time, he does it by himself, however others it is necessary to give him a hand. There are many causes that can weaken our immune defenses and make us more susceptible to infections or other problems: excessive stress, inadequate nutrition, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, seasonal changes, poor night's sleep, incorrect use of antibiotics ...

 

So in our own small way what can we do to strengthen our immune defenses?

First of all, having a healthy and correct diet associated with good physical activity is the greatest help we can give ourselves!

 It is important to prefer foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants (such as seasonal fruit and vegetables, dried fruit) that help stimulate our defenses and limit the consumption of foods rich in saturated fats and have the right protein intake in order to support the "construction ”Of those glycoproteins that are involved in the defense of our body. It is also known how to rest well at night and reduce stress by doing physical activity help not only to have a healthier lifestyle, but also to support our immune system.

 

 

In this context, can Moringa help our immune system? Of course yes!

It is now a fact that Moringa oleifera is a SUPERFOOD, it is in fact rich in Vitamins, Mineral salts and essential nutrients:

  • Vitamin C and E which are powerful antioxidants and work to counteract the damage caused by oxidative stress; vitamin C acts on the immune system by stimulating the production of antibodies and promotes the absorption of iron essential for the functioning of red blood cells and selenium which supports the thyroid function;

  • Not least are the B vitamins (B1, B2, B5, B6, B9) that perform various functions in support of our body. In particular, the bioavailability of vitamin B9[1] or folic acid makes Moringa unique. It has a very high bioavailability and plays a fundamental role in the synthesis of DNA and hemoglobin (fundamental for the functioning of red blood cells), thus carrying out anti-anemic properties;

  • Vitamin A which increases resistance to infections thus strengthening the immune system;

  • Calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium, potassium: mineral salts essential for the body;

  • All the essential amino acids and a high percentage of proteins that make Moringa a complete food from a nutritional point of view. Amino acids are the building blocks with which our proteins are built, which perform among the most varied functions in our body, including immune defense. It is no coincidence that the ANTIBODIES are just proteins with the function of defense!

 

Moringa is therefore suitable for supporting our defenses thanks to its important nutraceutical properties. But that is not all! In fact, what makes this plant special is the abundance of bioactive molecules with marked anti-inflammatory, anti-radical and antimicrobial properties[2].

Thanks to these molecules it is able to reduce tiredness and to counter the typical symptoms of an inflammatory process, alleviating the classic ailments from seasonal ailments!

 


[1] Relative bioavailability of folate from the traditional food plant Moringa oleifera L. as evaluated in a rat model.
[2] Nutraceutical or Pharmacological Potential of Moringa oleifera Lam.