We all know Canada has a fifth season: cold & flu season! If it’s that time of year again, you know we’re all thinking about giving our immune systems an extra boost. Consider looking beyond the usual vitamin C supplements and try some “vitamin sea” this year!
Omega-3 is Mega Good for Your Immune System
If you’ve heard of omega-3 fatty acids, you probably know they’re stellar for heart health. But did you know they also bolster our immune systems? Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and herring are brimming with these essential fats, which can help regulate our body’s immune responses.
Think Zinc When You Think Immunity
Oysters, anyone? These succulent shellfish aren’t just a treat for your taste buds; they’re one of the best sources of zinc. This mighty mineral fortifies our immune system, aids in cell growth, and even assists in the healing of wounds.
Put the (Vitamin) D in “Defense”
As our Canadian winters approach, sunshine, a natural source of vitamin D, becomes kind of scarce. No worries! Fish like trout and salmon come to our rescue, providing a hearty dose for a resilient immune system and stronger bones.
Protein is Your Fortress Against Invasion
Seafood offers a fantastic source of lean protein, essential for repairing and building body tissues. A strong body equals a strong shield to keep out viruses. No matter your choice, be it your favourite fish, crab, lobster, clams — you name it! — you’ll get that vital protein you need.
Don’t Ignore the Iodine
We don’t talk enough about it, but iodine is crucial for a healthy thyroid, which in turn regulates our metabolism and immune system. We’re happy to say certain fish and shellfish are rich in iodine, especially scallops and cod. Shrimp is also a good source, as are salmon and tuna.
Next time you’re at the grocery store, give that seafood counter a second glance and see it in a new light. There’s no tastier way to strengthen your immune system.