Naturally support your immune system
The power of Flaxseed and Hemp
Your immune system never switches off. It is on high alert, helping to keep you safe and defending you from bacteria, viruses and other invaders that threaten your health.
Good nutrition is an important part of your toolkit to help support your immunity, and strengthen your resilience to coughs, colds and bugs. As you snuggle into autumn, it’s the perfect time to make some changes to what you are eating and think about how the food on your plate contributes to a healthy immune system.
Linwoods Immune Support is a lovely way to add some extra nutrition to your diet this autumn. It is packed with some carefully considered ingredients that will help to support the normal function of your immune system.
The key ingredients in this product are:
- Milled flaxseed
- Shelled hemp seeds
- Brazil nuts
- Mushroom powder
- Acerola juice concentrate
- BC 30 biocultures
For more about these ingredients read Jane’s article Support Your Immune System Naturally >
Linwoods Immune Support contains some of the most important nutrients we need to help support a healthy immune system.
- Protein is important for immune protection and white blood cell production. Linwoods Immune Support is based on milled flaxseed and shelled hemp, both are good sources of protein. One 20g portion will provide you with 7.5g. Hemp seed is a particularly rich source of protein and is one of the few plant-based complex proteins available, meaning it contains all the essential amino acids we need.
- Iron – most often associated with energy production and red blood cells, iron is important for immune function too. Low levels of iron have been shown to reduce the response of our T-cells and B-cells to infections. Hemp seed and flax seed are a good way to add a little extra iron into your diet.
- Zinc – to help build your defences. A healthy diet containing adequate levels of zinc is essential for normal immune function, and even a mild zinc deficiency has been associated with a reduced immune response, so keeping your levels topped up is a good idea. The RDA for zinc is 7mg a day for women and 9.5mg a day for men. Start your day with some Linwoods Immune Support on your breakfast and you will be hitting 1.8g per 20g portion. Not a bad start to your day.
- Omega 3 – keeping your omega 3 levels topped up may help to support your immune system. These essential fats are an important part of the cell membrane structure, to build immune defence. Omega 3 are also found to support white blood cell function and mange a healthy inflammatory response.
- Vitamin C – We all know that vitamin C is essential for a healthy immune system, but did you know that acerola cherries are one of the richest sources of this important vitamin? Found to be 50-100 times higher in vitamin C than oranges and lemons, acerola is a great way to add extra vitamin C and a range of polyphenol nutrients with antioxidant support.
- Selenium is an important antioxidant that is essential for a healthy immune response and to balance the inflammatory response. One of the best sources in our diet is brazil nuts.
- Mushrooms – in recent years there has been a lot of interest in mushrooms and their use for supporting health and well-being. Mushrooms contribute vitamin B12 to the diet, and important vitamin for a healthy immune response.
- BC30 probiotic is a probiotic bacteria that may help support a healthy immune system.
All this added together results in easy to use product that will add a nutritional boost to your day.
- Get into the daily habit of reaching for Linwoods Immune Support first thing. Keep it in the fridge next to your natural yoghurt or milk and add to your favourite breakfast this autumn. Try it in autumn spiced overnight oats with cinnamon and ginger, chopped pear or grated apple, or stir into your favourite porridge.
- Add a spoonful to your favourite lunchtime soup or seasonal salad
- …or pop on top of seasonal one-pot dinners
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- Gutiérrez S, Svahn SL, Johansson ME. Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Immune Cells. Int J Mol Sci. 2019 Oct 11;20(20):5028. doi: 10.3390/ijms20205028. PMID: 31614433; PMCID: PMC6834330.
Jane McClenaghan is Northern Ireland’s most recognised nutritionist with over 20 year’s experience. Her company Vital Nutrition specialises in developing and delivering group sessions for corporate and community clients both online and in-person as well as running an online membership club and offering one-to-one consultations.
Jane’s knowledge in the subject area of health and wellbeing is unrivalled as indicated by her qualifications, reputation and experience.
Jane’s sessions cover a range of health and wellbeing topics from mental health to stress, female and male health, healthy eating on a budget, heart health, sleep, family wellbeing and much more.
Jane is also the author of two books on nutrition, she writes a weekly column in the Irish News, has a monthly slot on radio U105 and is a regular contributor to the BBC, The Belfast Telegraph and many other media outlets.
You can find out more and get in touch with Vital Nutrition here;