Boost Your Immune System with Seafood
With flu season coming along we usually get our flu shots and stock up on vitamin C, and health experts advise we should take added precautions this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Face masks, frequent hand washing and sanitizer already have become a part of our daily routines, so what more can we do? At Seafood Market we agree that a healthy diet can promote your immune system, and we’ve put together some of the best seafood recipes to help!
The immune system is complex and always on-call 24/7. Composed of various cells, chemicals and organs, the immune system identifies foreign invaders and acts on threats as they arise.
While a healthy immune system works like a well-oiled machine, multiple stressors to the system can eventually take their toll. The good news is that there are some steps you can take to help keep your immune system in fighting shape! Good hydration, regular exercise, adequate sleep, stress management and hand-washing all help keep your immune system strong.
And perhaps most importantly, a diet rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants will help support a healthy immune system.
Whether you enjoy it in a spicy curry, satisfying stew or sheet-pan meal, seafood is one of the best ways to get the nutrients you need to help strengthen your immune system.
- Vitamin D: Your vitamin D levels can drop in the winter, compromising your immune response. Seafood especially salmon, halibut, oysters and shrimp—is one of the few food natural sources of vitamin D
- B complex vitamins: Salmon and tuna offer plenty of immunity-supporting vitamin B-6. And fish such as salmon, oysters and trout are an excellent source of vitamin B-12, which protects your body’s blood cells.
- Omega-3s: Fatty fish such as salmon, cod and mackerel contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to strengthen your immune system (as well your heart!).
- Selenium: Antioxidants such as selenium can reduce inflammation and enhance immune response. Selenium can be found in many fish including yellowfin tuna, oysters and shrimp.