The Covid-19 pandemic is slowly moving towards its third wave in India. Many states are witnessing a surge in new cases and the total number of new cases has risen to 90,000 in the country. As infections increase, it becomes all the more important to follow the necessary guidelines and pay extra attention to our immunity. Including vitamin-rich foods in our diet can give us the extra shield of protection against the Covid-19 infection and also increase our resistance to other viruses. One food that could help us meet our body’s need for vitamin C is jujube, commonly known as Ber in India. The fruit is an excellent source of vitamins and strengthens our immunity. It helps to tackle insomnia and constipation and improves our brain health.
Renowned nutritionist Rujuta Diweker shared an Instagram post on Tuesday highlighting the benefits of this seasonal fruit. Rujuta shared a photo of ber and listed some of the health benefits of the fruit. She wrote, “Do you eat bor/ber (jujube) in this season? It’s rich in vitamin C (richer than oranges), deadly for dandruff and the secret to glowing skin. Also great for kids who get sick often.”
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Besides vitamin C, ber is also rich in amino acids and vitamin A. The fruit used to be used as an ingredient in many herbal medicines. In addition, the fruit is a good source of calcium, potassium, iron and antioxidants and dietary fiber. It can be a perfect snack for those on a weight loss diet. Ber had also been featured in Rujuta’s suggestion of winter treats. In addition, the nutritionist had suggested including sugar cane, tamarind, Amla and til generous in the diet.
The consumption of amla not only helps our immune function but also improves the health of our liver and facilitates the digestive process. The nutrients present in amla are also beneficial for our heart health and hair growth.
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