Boosting immunity is on everyone's mind in the current times. With the danger of Coronavirus still looming large and changing weather making us susceptible to common infections like viral fever, cold and cough, having a strong immunity is all the more important. While there are many nutrients like vitamin C that help one build immunity, Omega-3 is another nutrient that plays a huge role in preparing the body to prevent seasonal infections. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) corroborated some Omega-3 rich plant-based foods, putting up a post on Twitter urging people to start consuming them.
The food regulatory body suggested plant-based foods that are naturally rich in Omega 3 and should be included in our regular diet. The post read - "Include Omega-3 Fatty Acids-rich, plant-based foods in your diet from today to increase your immunity." Here are the foods that FSSAI named in its Twitter post.
Include Omega-3 Fatty Acids-rich, plant-based foods in your diet from today to increase your immunity. #SwasthaBharat#HealthForAll#PlantBased@MoHFW_INDIA@drharshvardhan@MIB_India@PIB_India@mygovindiapic.twitter.com/C19U9CG1gH— FSSAI (@fssaiindia) August 22, 2020
Omega 3-rich plant-based foods for strong immunity:
1. Kidney Beans
Kidney beans (or rajma) are everyone's favourite. The protein-rich legume is also a good source of immunity-boosting Omega 3 fatty acids, giving us more reasons to gorge on our favourite meal of rajma-chawal.
Health experts all over the world suggest consuming walnuts for a healthy heart and overall good health. Walnuts are not just rich in antioxidants; they are also rich in Omega 3, which makes it a great food to be included in your immunity-boosting diet.
This fibre-rich healthy flour can be used to make a number of dishes and can replace common flours like all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour to make healthy rotis.
4. Pumpkin seeds
Tiny pumpkin seeds are big on nutrition. The seed contain antioxidants in good amounts and also Omega 3, both of which come together to strengthen our immunity.
5. Watermelon Seeds
Another type of seeds that are as healthy as the fruits they come from. Next time, when you eat a juicy and sweet watermelon, don't throw away its seeds.
6. Methi Leaves
Aloo methi, paneer methi, methi matar malai, and so many other yummy dishes can be prepared with the healthy fenugreek leaves. Now relish this vegetable even more knowing it will also boost your immunity.
Include these foods in your daily diet to get your fill of the Omega 3 fatty acids, not just for good immunity but for also healthy heart, balanced cholesterol and blood sugar level. Totally worth it, isn't it?
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