Every one of you reading this right now will agree that our current world of stress, anxiety and uncertainty is unsettling.
Good news though – the one thing you CAN control is how you look after yourself – what you choose to eat, how to move, when to get some shut-eye, how to deal with an overload of stress and remembering the good old mechanism of breathing – remember that one?
In the food and nutrition realm, you will see some crazy coo-coo claims being made about what you should do to prevent or cure you from a viral infection.
You may have also read about foods that boost your immunity and they are usually foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals. It is absolutely true that these nutrients assist our immunity.
Enter lupin flakes. These little yellow flakes of goodness tick many of these boxes in the vitamin and mineral department but they also have some unique superpowers that other foods simply do not.
Lupins are a unique legume that contain 40% protein plus 40% fibre with a small amount of carbohydrate and fat and are completely gluten free.
The Super Immunity Powers of Lupin Flakes
Good Gut Health
The intestinal tract or gut is a very busy place. There are around 500 species of bacteria hanging out in your gastrointestinal tract, mostly in the large bowel. Not only do they live there in peaceful coexistence with us, they may actually help – keeping out disease-causing bacteria and viruses, keeping our immune system healthy and maintaining the lining of the bowel.
Under some circumstances, the normal mix of these bacteria gets disrupted. Not surprisingly, stress is a major factor that upsets this balance.
Our gut wall houses around 70% of the cells that make up our immune system, so gut function is super important. Enter probiotics and prebiotics.
Probiotics are live bacteria that are naturally found in our gut and in some foods (think kefir, kombucha and kimchi). They improve our health by reducing the number of harmful bacteria that may survive in our gut.
Prebiotics on the other hand are very different. They are mostly soluble fibres and resistant starches that act as fuel for our good bacteria in the large intestine or colon. They get the party started by being fermented by gut bacteria and boosting the balance of our microbiome to be healthier.
Hello lupin flakes. Lupin flakes are a rich source of prebiotics due to their high content of resistant starch. This means they are super powerful bacteria and immunity boosters.
Power Up With Protein
Did you know that protein is essential for the repair and regeneration of cells and one of the front-runners for fighting viral infections?
Protein is made up of amino acids, which are just like building blocks similar to Lego. Amino acids are classed as either essential as they cannot be manufactured by the body and only accessible through food or non-essential.
In the plant world, it can be truly difficult to get enough of these essential proteins. Legumes such as lentils, chickpeas, red kidney beans and other similar friends contain just 5-8% protein, whereas lupin flakes boast a mighty 40%!
Lupin flakes are multi-faceted too as they can be used as an alternative to meat but do just as well as an alternative or addition to rice or pasta. These starchy foods contain only 3-7% protein, so once again lupin flakes storm to the front.
For ideas on how you can incorporate lupins into your day and boost your immunity at the same time – check out our recipes
Stay tuned for additional ways in which lupins can get your body buzzing.