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Boost your immune system by eating!

Boost your immune system by eating!

 

The immune system imagesV8WNV57Yis a system of many biological structures and processes within an organism that protects against disease.

To function properly, an immune system must detect a wide variety of agents, known as pathogens, from viruses to parasitic worms, and distinguish them from the organism’s own healthy tissue.

Boost your immune system by eating!

 

Yogurt : Regularly eating probiotics, so-called “good bacteria” found in foods like yogurt and sauerkraut, may help your immune system work better and improve digestion.

Garlic : Garlic has antibacterial and antiviral properties. It supports the production of white blood cells. Garlic contains allicin that fights off infection and bacteria. Hence include garlic in your everyday diet to have a strong immune system.

Spinach : Spinach made our list not just because it’s rich in vitamin C but also because it’s packed with numerous antioxidants and beta-carotene, which may increase the infection-fighting capability of our immune systems. Similar to broccoli, it’s best cooked as little as possible so that its nutrients are retained.

Watermelon: Watermelon consists of powerful antioxidant called glutathione. Glutathione prevents the damage to the cellular components. Hence it helps in boosting the immune system.

Brussels sprouts : Brussels sprouts are full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. You can count on Brussels sprouts to support your immune system, blood and bone health, and more. Eating just a few Brussels sprouts will give you plenty of vitamin C and vitamin K. Brussels sprouts rank high in antioxidants, just after kale and spinach. Antioxidants are substances that can help you stay healthy by preventing cell damage in the body. Just ½ cup of cooked Brussels sprouts will give you half of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C.

Broccoli : Broccoli is super-charged with an arsenal of vitamins and minerals. Packed with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as numerous antioxidants, broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables you can put on your table. The key to keeping its power intact is to cook it as little as possible — or better yet, not at all!

Button mushrooms : Button mushrooms have selenium and antioxidants. Mushrooms also contain vitamin B, riboflavin and niacin which boost the immune system. Mushrooms have antiviral and antibacterial properties that can protect your body diseases.

Tea: Green and black tea are loaded with L-theanine. L-theanine boosts the immune system.

Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes contain antioxidant beta-carotene. It also contains Vitamin A that slows down the aging process and reduces the risk of cancers.

Fish: Fish like salmon, mackerel are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation. They protect the lungs from colds and respiratory infections.

Ginger : Ginger is another ingredient many turn to after they’ve caught a cold. But like vitamin C, ginger may also help prevent that cold from taking hold in the first place. While it’s used in many sweet desserts, ginger packs some heat in the form of gingerol, a relative of capsaicin. Capsaicin gives chili peppers their distinctive heat. Ginger may help decrease chronic pain and may possess cholesterol-lowering properties, according to recent studies.

Wheat Germ : It’s the part of a wheat seed that feeds a baby wheat plant, and it’s rich in nutrients. It’s a great way to get zinc, antioxidants, and B vitamins. Wheat germ delivers a good mix of fiber, protein, and some healthy fat. In recipes, you can substitute some of the regular flour with wheat germ.

Strawberries : Strawberries are full of antioxidants and vitamin C, both of which are excellent for fighting free radicals. Strawberries can help prevent heart disease, macular degeneration, diabetes, and even cancer.

Carrot : Carrots contain vitamin A precursors called carotenoids (Beta carotene) that help promote vision and support a healthy immune system.


The information provided on this website is for educational purposes only; without any intention of commercialism. It’s not meant to diagnose or treat any health condition and is not a replacement for treatment by a healthcare provider.

 

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