Meridian Health Clinic - Santa Monica Acupuncture

Acupuncture

2020 Broadway St, Suite A Santa Monica, CA 90404 phone: (310) 699-4533
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Washing your hands, healthy eating and exercise are the best ways to keep your immune system in tip-top shape. But adding specific supplements can also help your natural defenses stay strong all season long. Here are some of the top natural recommendations:

Omega-3s. Found naturally in fish, these EFAs increase phagocyte cell activity, which boosts the immune system.

Astragalus. This ancient Chinese herb stimulates white blood cells and boosts immunity.

Vitamin C. Best known for its ability to boost immune system health, this powerful vitamin serves so many other functions as well.

Vitamin D. A Harvard study shows that people with low levels of Vitamin D were 36% more likely to have upper respiratory infections.

Zinc. Yale research reveals that zinc can help shorten colds by slowing the multiplication of the virus in the nose and throat.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Adding these smart foods to your diet can increase your chances of maintaining a healthy brain.

Blueberries - To help protect your brain from stress or age-related conditions, add at least 1 cup of blueberries a day - fresh, frozen or freeze-dried.

Wild Salmon - Salmon contains lots of omega-3s which are essential for brain function.

Nuts and Seeds - Walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds are just some of the nuts that should be added to your diet for good sources of vitamin E, which may protect against cognitive decline.

Avocados - The healthy fat in avocado contributes to healthy blood flow to the brain and can also help lower blood pressure.

Tumeric - The yellow spice found in many curries, contains curcumin, which also has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It may even prove useful in treating Alzheimer's; one study showed a reduction in beta amyloid deposits, the plaques associated with the disease. In another study, elderly people who ate curry often or very often did better on tests of mental performance than those who never or rarely ate curry.
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