Top 5 products for strengthening immunity during the regime of temporary self-isolation

The Department of Healthy Nutrition of the Trading House "Moe Leto" together with Olesya Ivanova, allergologist and immunologist, candidate of medical sciences, named 5 products for immune system reinforcement during the temporary lockdown.

It is always necessary to take care of your health and immune system, but it is especially important now, when the coronavirus is rapidly spreading around the world. In addition, the inclusion of healthy foods in the diet will help reduce the negative health effects associated with a possible reduction in physical activity.

«Enjoying food is possible and necessary. However, from time to time, it is still worth thinking about what kind of food is on your plate and how it affects the immune system and health in general. A balanced diet and regular, timely meals are essential for a sense of well-being and a healthy body. All the more so now, under conditions of pandemic and temporary lockdown, when the body needs vitamins to a greater extent. That's why a person should use a lot of vegetables, fruits, nuts, olive oil, whole grains and fish in their diet. These products contain enough vitamins, microelements, fats and plant components that help strengthen the immune system,» said Olesya Ivanova, allergologist and immunologist, candidate of medical sciences.


Low vitamin D levels increase susceptibility to infectious diseases. Accordingly, the immune system needs vitamin D for stable function. Especially during the spread of viral infections. The human body can synthesize this vitamin on its own with the help of sunlight. However, in Russia there is rarely a cloudless sky, and with a lockdown, sunlight becomes practically inaccessible for residents of multi-storey buildings. To maintain the required level of vitamin D, it is necessary to eat fish: salmon, mackerel, herring, as well as fish by-products - fish oil and liver.


Dairy products contain a large amount of calcium and vitamin A. In addition, they include a variety of vitamins that stimulate the immune system. Regular consumption of milk, when tolerated positively, helps to strengthen bone structure, stabilize metabolism and maintain body weight. In addition, fermented milk products enhance the body's resistance to bacteria and viruses in the elderly.


Champignons are good for the immune system because they are an excellent source of antioxidants and also have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, thanks to their high protein content (4.5 grams per 100 grams.) and low calories (only 27 calories per 100 grams), champignons can be a substitute for meat when preparing a healthy and balanced menu. In addition, brown mushrooms are an excellent source of vitamin D, which is necessary to protect the body from various diseases ranging from viruses to cancer. That said, research by Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, shows that vitamin D plays an important role in the prevention of respiratory infections, including COVID-19.


Tomatoes are a good source of immune-boosting antioxidants. In addition, they contain large amounts of B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B9) and vitamin E, which improves the immune system and slows the aging process. Tomatoes also contain lycopene, a substance that reduces the risk of cancer cells. Lycopene is only taken in with food, and our body is not capable of synthesizing it. Fresh tomatoes contain up to 50 mg/kg of this substance.


Cucumbers are 95% water, so they are low in calories. 100 grams of cucumbers contain only about 15 kcal, so they are useful not only for strengthening the immune system, but also for weight maintenance and for a balanced diet. Thanks to vitamin C, which is especially abundant in young fruits of small size, cucumbers help to support the immune system. The most active substances contained in cucumbers are B vitamins, natural enzymes and fiber. Cucumbers are extremely good for the heart. Regular consumption of cucumbers helps normalize blood cholesterol levels and helps prevent the emergence of heart and vascular disease.

About Trading House Moe Leto

Moe Leto is one of the largest and most technologically advanced producers of fresh vegetables and mushrooms in Russia. More than 40 thousand tons of organic premium vegetables - tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, herbs and mushrooms with a maximum production volume of 10,000 tons - are grown annually on its own greenhouses and farms.
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