Boost Immunity with Key Nutrients Found in Pistachios

Boost Immunity with Key Nutrients Found in Pistachios

  • January 22, 2021
  • | Friday | 22nd January, 2021

It is time we become more aware about this amazing nut and make American grown pistachios a part of our daily diet.
But this year I’m also recommending pistachios for the wealth of vital nutrients they contain, which can help your immune system to operate at its best.”Moderating the discussion, Mr. Sumit Saran said, “India is a growth market for American grown pistachios.
We are delighted and honored to have Luke Coutinho as Lifestyle Ambassador for America Pistachio Growers in India.
With his help, we will be able to create awareness about American grown pistachios among discerning consumers.
American grown pistachios are available under quality brand names across all major retail points and e-commerce platforms across India.”

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Halberd Corp. Develops Medication to Boost Immune System Against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) - Press Release

Halberd Corp. Develops Medication to Boost Immune System Against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) – Press Release

  • January 14, 2021

JACKSON CENTER, PA / ACCESSWIRE / January 14, 2021 / Halberd Corp. (OTC PINK:HALB) announced the filing of a provisional patent application on a proprietary combination of nutritional supplements (melatonin, zinc and Vitamin D) combined with low dose Naltrexone designed to reduce the severity of Covid-19 symptoms. This proprietary combination of supplements is based on numerous peer-reviewed publications (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) from major medical organizations indicating that each of the ingredients contributes to reduced Covid-19 symptomology. Halberd intends to make the proprietary nutritional supplement formula portion available as an over-the-counter product as soon as possible. The prescription-based medication with the addition of low dose Naltrexone would be available after FDA approval is obtained.

Halberd will have exclusive worldwide rights to the provisional patent application, “Medication For The Reduction Of Morbidity And Mortality In Persons Infected By Sars-Cov-2 (Covid-19 Virus)”.

William A. Hartman, Chairman, President & CEO, stated, “Our scientists have formulated a specific combination of nutritional supplements which they believe, after reviewing numerous peer-reviewed medical articles and independent research, should provide a boost to the immune system to reduce the severity of Covid-19, when taken prior to contracting the disease or early in its onset. Each participating medical expert agrees that there would be no downside in the use of any of these ingredients.

We are excited about the prospects of securing immediate volume manufacturing and mass distribution sources for our products. A significant portion of the revenue from these initial products will be reinvested in expanding and accelerating our research programs and developing market readiness of follow-on products.”

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About Halberd Corporation.

Halberd Corporation. (OTC PINK:HALB), is a publicly traded company on the OTC Market, and is in full compliance with OTC Market reporting requirements. Halberd’s Articles of Incorporation prohibit the company from issuance of convertible debt which would result in dilution. See the company’s Articles of Incorporation here.

The company holds the exclusive rights to the COVID-19 extracorporeal treatment technology provisional patent applications: “Method for Treating and Curing Covid-19 Infection;” “Method for Treating COVID-19 Inflammatory Cytokine Storm for the Reduction of Morbidity and Mortality in COVID-19 Patients;” “Method for Treating and Curing COVID-19 Infection by Utilizing a Laser to Eradicate the Virus,” “Nasal Spray To Prevent The Transmission Of Covid-19 Between Humans,” “Nasal Spray to Prevent the Transmission of Covid-19,” and “Method For Treating And Curing Covid-19 Infection By Utilizing Radiofrequency Extracorporeally To Eradicate The Virus,” “Medication For The Reduction Of Morbidity And Mortality In Persons Infected By Sars-Cov-2 (Covid-19 Virus).” Halberd also holds the exclusive rights to the underlying granted U.S. Patent 9,216,386 and U.S. Patent 8,758,287.


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Certain statements contained herein are “forward-looking statements” (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). The Companies caution that statements, and assumptions made in this news release constitute forward-looking statements and makes no guarantee of future performance. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and opinions of management at the time statements are made. These statements may address issues that involve significant risks, uncertainties, estimates made by management. Actual results could differ materially from current projections or implied results. The Companies undertake no obligation to revise these statements following the date of this news release.

Investor caution/added risk for investors in companies claiming involvement in COVID-19 initiatives –

On April 8, 2020, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and William Hinman, the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance, issued a joint public statement on the importance of disclosure during the COVID-19 crisis.

The SEC and Self-Regulatory Organizations are targeting public companies that claim to have products, treatment or other strategies with regard to COVID-19.

The ultimate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s operations is unknown and will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, including the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak. Additionally, new information may emerge concerning the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, and any additional preventative and protective actions that governments, or the Company, may direct, which may result in an extended period of continued business disruption, reduced customer traffic and reduced operations. Any resulting financial impact cannot be reasonably estimated at this time.

We further caution investors that our primary focus and goal is to battle this pandemic for the good of the world. As such, it is possible that we may find it necessary to make disclosures which are consistent with that goal, but which may be adverse to the pecuniary interests of the Company and of its shareholders.

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Top 5 Healthy Food and Lifestyle Trends for 2021

Top 5 Healthy Food and Lifestyle Trends for 2021

  • January 13, 2021

While I do have hope that 2021 will be a better year than 2020, I can’t help but look back on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all in various ways. As a dietitian and fitness fanatic, I’ve seen firsthand the toll it’s taken on the eating (and drinking) habits of my friends and family.

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While sales of self-rising yeast (hello, homemade bread), cookies and Campari soared, I’ve also noticed that several healthier trends emerged as well.

If you’re looking to adopt healthy habits in the new year, consider adding these five wellness practices to your list of 2021 goals:

  • Immune-boosting foods and behaviors.
  • At-home fitness apps and gear.
  • Healthier freezer finds.
  • Kitchen confidence.
  • Sleep enhancers.

Immune-Boosting Foods and Behaviors

Trying to fend off contracting a potentially fatal virus has more individuals seeking immune-boosting foods. While you need to steer clear of the gimmicks, scams and misinformation that abound on the internet and social media about boosting immunity with specific products like apple cider vinegar or detoxifying drinks, some foods and nutrients have more solid science to suggest that a healthy diet coupled with adequate sleep can help keep your immune system functioning optimally.

Foods to add include vitamin C-rich choices like citrus – oranges, grapefruit and 100% orange juice – which have been flying off shelves since the onset of the pandemic. According to the latest data from Sunkist, more than 50% of shoppers buying citrus are doing so in order to boost their vitamin C intake.

On a similar note, MyFitnessPal reported that orange juice was logged into food records 30% more frequently than last year. And there’s a good reason to drink or snack on these juicy foods: Citrus fruits contain the polyphenol hesperidin, a type of plant pigment that has been shown to provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and vitamin C has long been shown to have immune health benefits.

Other vital nutrients that can supercharge your immune system include probiotics – found in nonfat plain Greek yogurt, kefir and fermented foods and have been shown to improve gut health – and vitamin D (otherwise known as the sunshine vitamin).The best food sources of vitamin D include egg yolks, fatty fish and some mushrooms, as well as vitamin-D enriched foods and beverages, like milk, some breakfast cereals and 100% OJ.

At-Home Fitness Apps and Gear

With gyms all but shuttered for most of 2020, it’s not surprising that home fitness is one of the hottest trends that will likely continue into 2021. MyFitnessPal’s year-end survey revealed that high-intensity-interval training was the most logged activity, while swimming, spinning and other gym- and group-based activities were down significantly year-over year.

Health-conscious individuals have been using Apple Fitness Plus, Daily Burn, Peloton and other streaming fitness apps. As far as the trending home exercise equipment, indoor rowers, dumb bells, resistance bands and weighted jump ropes came out on top.

Now here’s the good news: The technology that’s bringing world-class coaches and the gym experience to your home appears to be helping to motivate more people to work out and crush their health and fitness goals. As a CrossFitter, I’ve had to adapt to lots of body-weight HIIT workouts for the past nine months.

Healthier Freezer Finds

Shoppers are raiding the supermarket freezers as they load up frozen fruits and veggies, plant-based burgers, perogies, pizza, poultry, seafood and side dishes, according to research by the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association.

In fact, sales of frozen fruit and veggies are outpacing sales of fresh, as more homebound shoppers turned to frozen foods for their added convenience, affordability, longer shelf-life and healthfulness. And here’s a noteworthy stat: MyFitnessPal reported that frozen spinach and frozen pineapple were included in more food diaries in 2020 compared to 2019, where frozen spinach was up 76% and frozen pineapple increased by a whopping 275%!

Now this is a promising trend because studies consistently show that frozen foods are nutritionally on-par (or even better!) than their fresh counterparts. And having plenty of fruits and veggies in the freezer means that you always have produce on hand to make preparing plant-forward meals and snacks a cinch.

Kitchen Confidence

As the pandemic put the kibosh on dining out, more Americans started making their own meals – and many of them plan on continuing to do so once the pandemic is over. What’s more, according to “The Wall Street Journal,” revenue in the meal kit service sector from players like HelloFresh, Blue Apron and Home Chef nearly doubled in 2020.

Plus, polls show that consumers say their kitchen confidence has soared over the last nine months. There are multiple perks of enjoying more home-cooked meals. Generally speaking, these dishes tend to be lower in total calories, saturated fat and added sugars compared to meals prepared outside of the home, along with being less expensive. That’s a win-win in my house.

Sleep Enhancers

Without any reason to be out into the late hours, many people have started putting a higher priority on optimizing their sleep and bedtime rituals. Research has shown that improving sleep quality can help boost your body’s immune system. Furthermore, one timely study found that flu shots were more effective among individuals who got a solid night of shut-eye on a regular basis.

  • Avoid drinking alcohol in the evening.
  • Consume functional foods and beverages that promote sleep (such as Driftwell, a nighttime beverage from PepsiCo that provides L-theanine and magnesium to help you relax and unwind before bed) or take an OTC melatonin or CBD-infused products designed to improve sleep. (The author has no ties to these products.)
  • Also, try drifting off while listening to a relaxation app and lying in a dark bedroom using evidence-based sleep enhancing products, like pillows and mattresses designed for your weight and preferred sleep position or a cozy weighted blanket.

Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I've had the virus?

Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I’ve had the virus?

  • January 12, 2021

Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I’ve had the virus?

Yes. Regardless of previous infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people should plan on getting vaccinated when it’s their turn.

“It’s a pretty straightforward question,” said Johns Hopkins infectious disease specialist Dr. Amesh Adalja. “Yes, you need to get vaccinated.”

After someone recovers, their immune system should keep them from getting sick again right away.

“Your immune system is able to identify the virus, and protect itself,” said Dr. Saskia Popescu, an infectious disease expert at George Mason University.

Scientists still don’t know exactly how long this immunity lasts or how strong it is, though recent research suggests the protection could last for several months.

It’s impossible to know how long a person might be immune, said Dr. Prathit Kulkarni, an infectious disease expert at Baylor College of Medicine. “There’s no way to calculate that.”

Vaccines, by contrast, are designed to bring about a more consistent and optimal immune response. And they should boost whatever preexisting immunity a person might have from an infection, experts say.

“Since we’re in this pandemic, and don’t have a handle on it, the safer approach is to vaccinate,” Kulkarni said. “You don’t lose anything and you stand to benefit.”

If you’ve been infected in the last three months, the CDC says it’s OK to delay vaccination if you want to let others go first while supplies are limited.

“All things being equal you would want the person with no protection to go first,” Adalja said.


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TOP 5 diet trends in 2021 to stay healthy and active with an enhanced immune system

TOP 5 diet trends in 2021 to stay healthy and active with an enhanced immune system

  • January 11, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become essential to have an enhanced immune system. So, here are the top 5 diet trends to opt for in the new year to boost the immune system and stay healthy.

A nutritious diet plays a crucial role in keeping us healthy, active and fit. And during this global pandemic, it has become more important to have a diet plan that will boost your immune system. So, here are the top 5 diet trends in 2021 that you can opt for.

Top 5 diet trends for 2021:

Immune system supporting diet

To fight with COVID-19, it is necessary to include Vitamin C and Vitamin E rich foods in your diet like avocados, grapefruits, etc. These will improve your immune system making you strong to fight the virus. Some other healthy foods to have are green tea, berries, eggs, garlic, etc.

Keto lite

Keto lite has come from the original keto diet. In the keto diet, we take our body into ketosis by having more fats and very limited or zero carbs. In this process, the body produces energy burning the fats which speed up the weight loss process. In keto lite process, we take more protein, moderate fats from potential sources like avocado, almonds, coconut and very low carbs. It includes gluten-free foods as well.

Plant-based flexitarian diet

The aim of this diet is to take all proteins from the plant-based sources like pumpkin seed proteins, pea protein, almond protein, etc. It does not exclude animal-based proteins.

Intermittent fasting

Often, this diet is considered to be a fast process for weight loss. In this diet, people literally lose weight by simply not eating for the majority of the day. For example, they restrict their eating period to an 8-hour block and fast for the other 16 hours.


The full form of DASH is Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension. This is designed to prevent heart diseases and high blood pressure. This focuses on consuming normal healthy foods like veggies, whole-grains, fruits, fish, poultry, nuts, etc.

Also Read: 7 healthy swaps for junk food to ring in the New Year and stay healthy and active

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This winter, make herbs your mainstay – lifestyle

  • January 3, 2021

Winters are synonymous with warm chai, bonfire, and cute sweaters. But, what we usually forget is that with the cold season, comes a gamut of germs and viruses and our immunity is checked at every cough and at every sniffle. And potent immunity-boosting herbs come to our rescue.

Chef Prabhakar Nagaraj, Managing Partner, Elior India, says, “Herbs and spices are the secret ingredients that go into the making of traditional ‘Kaadah’, a potion that is considered as the best solution to build a healthy immune system. Some of the herbs that grow well during winter are Mint, Peppermint, Basil, Lemongrass and Sage. As we approach the Christmas season, we have turkey stuffed with sage. Basically, when consumed raw by grilling or sautéing, it provides the important elements to enhance the immune system.”

Neha Pathania, Chief Dietician, Paras Hospital Gurugram, says, “In winters, as we get herbs and spices in abundance, we can incorporate them in our green smoothies. As green smoothies are loaded with fruits and vegetables, they provide oodles of  benefits to our health. Herbs are flavourful, act as a natural filter for your body, and can help as a detox agent. Initially, you can add two/three herbs along with a dash of spice to make your green smoothie a treat. They not only add a pleasant taste because of the presence of these superspices but also they pack a powerful healthy punch that keeps us coming back for more.”

Check out these wonder herbs and spices

1. Turmeric

It is greatly effective in boosting immunity and eliminating cold, cough, and chest congestion during winters.

2. Ginger

“The presence of Gingerol, an active component makes ginger the best immunity booster. Ginger is also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and works together to keep your body safe from infection,” adds Chef Prabhakar.

3. Garlic

It contains numerous nutrients that are proven to benefit our health such as arginine, oligosaccharides, flavonoids, and selenium. These potent nutrients work effectively in reducing the severity of cold, and flu symptoms.

4. Ashwagandha

This herb helps to stimulate the lymphocyte, or the white blood cells to fight infections and viruses. Regular intake of Ashwagandha strengthens the immune system.

5. Cinnamon

It’s filled with antioxidants and inflammatory properties to fight off Winter colds and act as an immune stimulator. It also prevents the blood platelet from clumping, hinders inflammatory substances and controls blood sugar. It contains numerous nutrients that are proven to benefit our health such as arginine, oligosaccharides, flavonoids, and selenium. These potent nutrients work effectively in reducing the severity of cold, and flu symptoms.

How to boost your immunity in 28 days

How to boost your immunity in 28 days

  • January 3, 2021
Maximising the results

The most effective and efficient way to boost our immunity is to eat foods that help to maximise the health of our white blood cells. These are the cells that fight infections and they are produced in our bone marrow. The white blood cell-boosting foods include plenty of protein, some good-quality carbohydrate, a small amount of unsaturated fats and plenty of fruit and vegetables.

This immune-boosting weight-loss plan is full of these valuable nutrients. The menus created for each day will satisfy your appetite, and while you will also be cutting back on the calories, I don’t think you will notice it. Reducing calories is essential to create weight loss, but it is also important for any diet to provide sufficient calories to meet our basic metabolic needs, and this eating plan does exactly that. If we put into our body “immunity-boosting” fuel (food) and then raise our energy-spend by increasing our activity, we will maximise our ability to draw on our fat stores. Result? We lose weight and inches and boost our body’s defence system. It can also help improve our mental health. It really is a win-win situation.

Our fat stores are like a “savings account” of calories. Because we will be giving our body fewer calories than it burns in our everyday lives, the body has to find those extra calories from somewhere. When we exercise on top of that, we burn even more calories, so our body draws on our fat stores around our body to meet the shortfall. Not only do we lose weight and inches, we also reduce our fat stores, which is highly beneficial to our heart health and to our immune system. Exercising also boosts our immunity as it helps the lymphatic system to work more efficiently, which is key to the health of our infection-fighting white blood cells. 

Vitamins, minerals and supplements

We all need a variety of vitamins and minerals for our general health, but it is challenging to ensure that we have enough of everything we need to stay healthy and to fight infection. Supplements may have a role to play, but we have to be wary of false claims when it comes to products purporting to boost our immune system. While the ideal is to absorb all of the nutrients we need naturally from the food we eat, that isn’t always possible.

Vitamin C plays a particularly important role in fighting infection and we can boost our immune system by eating fruit and vegetables every day. Lots of other micronutrients are also vital to our good health and if we are not always able to shop regularly, or we follow a restricted diet, sometimes we can become deficient in important vitamins and minerals and supplements can be helpful.

When following any weight-reducing diet, even one as healthy as this one, it makes sense to protect ourselves by taking a daily multivitamin supplement.

Antioxidants are your friend

Antioxidants are the “good guys” and free-radicals are the “bad guys”. Antioxidants protect our cells, while free-radicals are thought to play a role in causing heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Antioxidants are compounds in foods that scavenge and neutralise the free-radicals in our body. Vitamins, minerals and other nutrients help to repair damaged cells and keep us healthy.

Fruit and vegetables that are brightly coloured are high in antioxidants – including beetroot, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, kale, oranges, peppers, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes – but they are also found in non-brightly coloured foods such as ginger, garlic and onions.

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Global Enzymes Market Analysis 2020-2030: COVID-19 Growth and Change – | Business

  • December 31, 2020


The “Enzymes Global Market Report 2020-30: COVID-19 Growth and Change” report has been added to‘s offering.

The global enzymes market is expected to decline from $7.98 billion in 2019 to $7.81 billion in 2020 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -2.20%. The decline is mainly due to the COVID-19 outbreak that has led to restrictive containment measures involving social distancing, remote working, and the closure of industries and other commercial activities resulting in operational challenges. The entire supply chain has been disrupted, impacting the market negatively. The market is then expected to recover and reach $11.92 billion in 2023 at a CAGR of 15.15%.

The enzymes market consists of sales of enzymes to treat diseases. An enzyme is a protein or RNA formed by living cells that are extremely specific to its substrates and highly catalytic. Enzymes constitute a very significant class of biological macromolecular catalysts. Enzymes that are used in medical applications in their isolated or conjugated form with other drugs or therapies are known as therapeutic enzymes. Therapeutic enzymes are used in the treatment of various diseases including cancer, inflammatory disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and pain management.

North America was the largest region in the enzymes market in 2019.

In May 2020, AbbVie Inc., a US-based biopharmaceutical company, acquired Allergan plc for $63 billion. This acquisition significantly expands and diversifies AbbVie’s revenue base and complements existing leadership positions in Immunology, with Humira and recently launched Skyrizi and Rinvoq, and Hematologic Oncology, with Imbruvica and Venclexta. Allergan plc is an Ireland-based pharmaceutical company engaged in the research, development, and manufacture of pharmaceutical and enzymes-based therapeutic products.

The enzymes market covered in this report is segmented by product type into asparaginase; lipase; protease; nattokinase; chitinase; serratiopeptidase; collagenase; ligase; others and by application into leukemia; stomach disorders; antitumor; skin ulcers; gaucher disease; fabry disease; others.

The development of new approaches to treat cancer using enzymes is a key trend gaining popularity in the enzymes market. Major universities and companies are investing in researches focusing on evolving new solutions in enzyme therapies for cancer treatment. For example, in August 2018, Kyn Therapeutics, a US-based company that focuses on improving outcomes for cancer patients, along with the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and the American Cancer Society funded the research introducing a new approach to cancer care using enzyme therapy to boost the immune system and fight back. The enzyme, PEG-KYNase, does not destroy cancer cells specifically but rather enables the immune system itself to remove unwanted cells. PEG-KYNase is designed to degrade the metabolite produced by numerous tumors known as kynurenine, which suppresses the immune system.

The growing prevalence of cancer and the need for drug-metabolizing enzymes (DMEs) for chemotherapy are expected to drive the growth of the enzymes market in the coming years. The activation of enzymes in a human body help destroy the cancer cells and breaks down the tumor. The expression and function of DMEs in cancer patients’ tumor tissues and metabolic organs is therefore essential and help patients for whom reaction to anticancer drugs and response to chemotherapy is low. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 9.6 million deaths occurred in 2018 due to cancer and about 70% of deaths from cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries. Therefore, the increasing prevalence of cancer, which can be cured using therapeutic enzymes, is predicted to drive the growth of the enzymes market.

Scope of the report:

Markets Covered:

1) By Product Type: Asparaginase; Lipase; Protease; Nattokinase; Chitinase; Serratiopeptidase; Collagenase; Ligase; Others

2) By Application: Leukemia; Stomach Disorders; Antitumor; Skin Ulcers; Gaucher Disease; Fabry Disease; Others

Countries: Australia; Brazil; China; France; Germany; India; Indonesia; Japan; Russia; South Korea; UK; USA

Regions: Asia-Pacific; Western Europe; Eastern Europe; North America; South America; Middle East; Africa

Time series: Five years historic and ten years forecast.

Data: Ratios of market size and growth to related markets, GDP proportions, expenditure per capita,

Data segmentations: Country and regional historic and forecast data, market share of competitors, market segments.

Companies Mentioned

  • Sanofi
  • AbbVie Inc.
  • Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc
  • Horizon Pharma
  • Allergan plc
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Vivus
  • Digestive Care
  • Leadiant Biosciences
  • Roche Holdings AG
  • Codexis Inc

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A simple secret to maintaining a healthy immune system

  • December 31, 2020
healthy immune systemFood plays a vital role in ensuring we get all essential nutrients to stay healthy and dairy foods, especially milk not only contains the essential nutrients but includes vitamins and most importantly protein. (Photo source: IE)

By Dr.Dharini Krishnan, 

Good health, today, is perhaps one of the topmost focused areas for most of us. While washing hands, daily exercise and a good hygiene routine will minimise the chance of falling ill, the best way to stay healthy is to maintain a good immune system.

Food and healthy immune system

Food plays a vital role in ensuring we get all essential nutrients to stay healthy and dairy foods, especially milk not only contains the essential nutrients but includes vitamins and most importantly protein. Our body requires protein because it aids in generating white blood cells (WBC) which further help in forming the antibodies that fight infections from within. Furthermore, proteins are of two kinds – high biological value and low biological value. Dairy products such as milk, curd and paneer are an easy and affordable way to add high biological value proteins to our diet.

Milk is also an incredible source of vitamin D, B12, magnesium, zinc and thiamine that contribute heavily to immunity building. It is potassium rich and helps in keeping blood pressure in check, diminishing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. It is also rich in other nutrients like Vitamin A that is significant in promoting healthy skin. All nine essential amino acids – histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine – necessary for principal functioning of the body are present in milk. In India, milk is readily available at our doorstep, and consuming only 400-500 ml regularly is enough to add a substantial helping of protein to our everyday meals and building immunity.

However, the main challenge when it comes to milk is that the awareness of daily protein requirements in people differs from city to city. According to the Godrej Jersey South India Protein Gap Study, 80% of consumers surveyed are aware of the importance of protein, but a glaring 68% are unaware of the daily requirement. Quantity of protein differs from individual to individual based on their weight and their activity. For a person weighing between 55 to 70kgs, an average of 55-70 grams of protein would be adequate.

Toned milk or full cream milk?

Many people are of the opinion that milk leads to weight gain due to its high fat content consumption. Godrej Jersey’s South India Protein Gap Report states 48% consumers believe that milk causes weight gain. It is therefore important to know that there are many variants available in the market today such as toned milk (With less fat), full cream milk (high fat), skimmed milk (with 0% fat) etc. and one can also choose the type of milk to extract its benefits according to their choice.

Given that the high biological value proteins come from dairy products such as milk, curd or paneer and proteins helps in fighting the infection by creating antibodies against the infection, adults who are conscious of weight gain can also include dairy products other than milk.

Dairy has always been a fundamental part of most people’s diets due to its robust benefits. And currently, it is even more crucial to shield and boost our immune systems to stay safe and healthy.

The author is a Registered Dietician (RD) with a Doctorate in Science (PhD) and practising as a consultant dietician. Views expressed are the author’s own.

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Five Types of Drinks Made with Amla that will Strengthen Immunity

  • December 27, 2020

Amla or gooseberry has been touted as a superfood for its myriad health benefits. Being immensely rich in vitamin C, A, anti-oxidant, calcium, phosphorous, iron, carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin- amla serves as a classic medicine that could cure several ailments.

And with the pandemic hovering around, why wait to fall sick and then look for ways to treat it? Isn’t prevention better than cure.

This winter get benefitted from the goodness of amla and build a strong immune system to bid-adieu to falling sick every now and then. After all, boosting is no more an option but a must.

We present to you five amazing amla drinks that will improve your immunity manifold:

1. Take 5 to 6 amla with 1 sliced ginger and 4 to 5 coriander leaves. You can include mint leaves as well instead of coriander. Blend them together and by adding some black salt or roasted jeera to it, enjoy the drink to your heart’s content. This drink has antibacterial and antipyretic effects that keep the blood pressure and cholesterol in control and is great to keep cough, headache at bay.

2. Drink amla juice with aloe vera extract: Mix equal quantities of amla and aloe vera, extract the juice and consume the drink to boost immunity. It serves as a superb detoxifying drink.

3. Amla sherbat: You can also have amla sherbat, prepared with honey, a pinch of salt, crushed pepper in water. This drink is great for digestion, improves eyesight, purifies blood, strengthens liver, heart, bones and benefits those suffering from piles and constipation.

4. Drink made of bottle gourd, amla and honey: By drinking only half a cup of this drink will strengthen immunity and needless to say, it improves heart health, great for skin and hair. Keeps you hydrated and aids in weight loss too.

5. Amla juice, bitter gourd, Indian blackberry drink: Include the three nutritious foods in your drink and get amazed with the multiple health benefits. Having this drink not only boosts immunity but also great for those suffering from diabetes.

6. Amla and turmeric juice: With an inch long turmeric stick, grind the amla and consume it with a little bit of honey. This will improve the immune system and fetch you multiple therapeutic benefits.

Now, that you have all the recipes, without further delay go ahead and prepare these amla drinks to boost immunity and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

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