It’s Fall and cold and flu season is right around the corner. When we assess our arsenal to battle seasonal bugs it’s not often we think of stockpiling berries and berry products, but we should.
Frances Sheridan Goulart author of Super Immunity Foods: A Complete Program to Boost Wellness, Speed Recovery and Keep Your Body Strong, notes that one of the most beneficial aspects of eating berries is that they offer a whole host of antioxidants that can boost your immune system. Although Dr. Goulart mentions wild blueberries as having one of the highest levels of antioxidants, it is the Aronia berry that checks in with a much higher level of antioxidants and a more balanced protection against free radicals. Free radicals can limit our bodies ability to fight illness.
For instance, the flu virus targets cells within the lungs. Researchers have found the M2 protein, a signature feature of influenza, interferes with the lung cells function which inhibits the lung’s ability to remove fluid. It targets human lung cells through a system that involves free radicals. If left untreated, the fluid builds up and can lead to serious complications like pneumonia or bronchitis. This also makes it difficult for oxygen to be absorbed into the bloodstream. By eliminating these free radicals, the flu virus weakens and cannot compromise the cells of the lungs.
So, this cold and flu season, your best defense may be to add the antioxidant power of berries like the Aroniaberry to your daily diet.