Superfoods To Boost Immunity
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- Jillian Lai Mei Siew
Feeding your body certain foods can help keep your immune system strong.
Turmeric, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, chilli, black pepper are potent bug fighters. Turmeric’s benefits include cancer-fighting, inflammation-busting and anti-ageing properties.
Ginger helps to relieve nausea, increase circulation, fight inflammation and gives pain relief.
Garlic’s use to prevent the common cold is well documented. Cinnamon also supports bowel flora balance and so provides immune system support.
Bright-coloured Fruits and Vegetables:
Citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, grapefruits, mandarins etc) are probably the most common go to foods when you feel a cold coming on, due to their high vitamin C content.
Vitamin C is well-documented as an immune system builder.
Bell peppers, kiwis, goji berries, amla, acai, strawberries, papaya, broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts are also rich sources.
These get their own special mention as they provide so much support to your immune system. Kale, spinach, watercress, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, arugula, Cos lettuce, chard, fresh herbs and so on provide more vitamin C as well as vitamin A, folate, iron, selenium and magnesium to name a few. Try to have at least 2-3 servings a day.
Beta glucans found in mushrooms can stimulate the immune system by enhancing macrophage and natural killer cell function.
They are also a good source of vitamin D, important for the body’s resistance to certain diseases.
Nuts and Seeds:
Pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseeds, almonds and walnuts are amongst the top immune system supporters.
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