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Nurture Your Immune System

The Nurse’s Health Study at Harvard University has proven that savoring a warm bowl of oatmeal sprinkled with cinnamon can reduce the risk of heart attack by 26 percent. Much of the credit goes to beta-glucan, a polysaccharide in oats recently discovered by Italian researchers. They learned that this compound enhances the action of macrophages, white blood cells that help kill the bacteria and viruses to blame for a myriad of illnesses, and may even include cancer cells. (Cancer Immunology Immunotherapy)

Add to this a dash of cinnamon offers more amazing benefits. A study at Maryland’s Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center found that the spice mimics insulin in the body, reducing energy-sapping blood sugar swings, as well as LDL “bad” cholesterol by more than 25 percent.

Try these quick recipes, using this compatible duo.

Fresh Fruit Crisp

Filling – 6 c peeled, thinly sliced apples, peaches or pears (6 – 8 medium)
¼ c water
¼ c firmly packed brown sugar
2 T all-purpose flour
½ tsp ground cinnamon
Topping – 1 c Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
½ c coarsely chopped nuts, optional
¼ c firmly packed brown sugar
4 T margarine or butter, melted (1/2 stick)
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, optional

Preheat to 350°. Spray 8 inch square glass baking dish with cooking spray.

For filling, combine fruit and water in large bowl. Add sugar, flour and cinnamon until fruit is evenly coated. Spoon into baking dish.

For topping, combine all ingredients in medium bowl; mix well. Sprinkle evenly all the fruit.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until fruit is tender. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream if desired.

Apple-Topped Pork Cutlets

In bowl combine 1 c. instant oatmeal, ½ tsp. cinnamon and 2 Tbs. Mexican spice blend. Coat 6 sliced boneless pork chops with oatmeal mixture. In covered skillet over medium heat, cook chops 3 minutes on each side, set aside. In same covered pan over medium heat, cook 3 Gala apples, peeled and sliced, ¼ tsp. cinnamon and ½ c. water for 1 minute. Uncover; cook 2 minutes. Serve apples over chops. Makes 6 servings.


to your good health,


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Hey paulygrl,

Great recipes. Thanks for sharing.



Hia Marcus,

So nice to meet you and thanks for your kind comments!

to your good health,
paulygrl :-D


Those are some great recipes, thanks for sharing! 

I'm all about a natural immune system boost. What could be better to boost your immune system than nature itself???

What I do is drink green tea, peppermint tea, and chamomile tea pretty much every day. Each one has its own way of contributing to the immune system. 

I also love garlic, turmeric, ginger, cayenne pepper, things like that, in my foods. I make a lot of curries!!! It's just the best when you know your favorite foods and drinks are also boosting your health, isn't it? Artificial multivitamins could never compete with real foods!



Arginine is an amino acid present in the proteins of all life forms. Under normal circumstances your body can synthesize sufficient quantities from your diet to meet your needs.