From flax seeds and goji berries to chia seeds, childhood is the perfect time to include super foods which can help build a strong and healthy immune system. HEALTH investigates the key health benefits of introducing super foods into your child’s diet.
- Immune boosters: Flaxseeds and chia seeds contain high ratios of plant based omega 3 in the form of alpha-linolenic acids, which stimulates the healthy development of brain functions and
good eye sight.
- Good for skin, hair, and nails: Flaxseeds and chia seeds are a power house of so many important nutrients and proteins, which can help kids develop healthy skin, hair, and nails. Super fruits like goji berries have powerful antioxidants like carotenoids, which helps promote good eyesight.
- Natural anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties: Both flax and chia seeds are loaded with important nutrients which reduces the production of inflammatory compounds and free radicals which in turn, cut down the risk of rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, and childhood asthma. Goji berries, on the other hand, have great anti-bacterial properties. Several studies have shown that goji berries have the ability to reduce bacterial infection from inside. These can be mom’s best bet when they want to eliminate infections in a very natural way for their kids.
- Good source of antioxidants: Most are loaded with antioxidants. For example, goji berries are a great source of polyphenols and carotenoids. Polyphenols play an important role in preventing cardiovascular disease, certain types of degenerative diseases, and most cancers. Also, flaxseeds contain important polyphenols called lignans which also helps fight several cancers and boost the immune system. Therefore, these can help build a strong and healthy immune system for kids from the early years of their lives.
- Prevents fatigue and helps strengthen bones: Adding flax, chia, and goji berries to your child’s breakfast can help them feel full for longer periods, as they are a great source of complex carbohydrates, protein, and fiber, which produces sustained energy for a longer durations.
- Hypoallergic: There are very few instances where kids can produce allergic reactions to super foods such as flax, chia, and goji berries. Flax and chia are generally high in plant based omega 3. A diet rich in omega 3 has been associated with a reduced risk of allergies.
(Credit: Asma Begum, Nutrition Specialist at Superfoods LLC)