Foods to Boost the Immune System

| June 9, 2011 | 0 Comments
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Are you looking to avoid the winter flu? On your way to the pharmacy it may well be worthwhile visiting the greengrocers and stocking up on foods to boost your immune system. Preventing the flu this winter could be as easy as boosting your immune system by eating a well balanced and healthy diet that includes the following:

Garlic: Whether it is cooked or raw, garlic is a powerful immune booster that stimulates the multiplication of infection-fighting white cells in the body and increases the efficiency of antibody production. If you don’t like garlic, leeks and onions are from the same family and will also have a similar immune-boosting effect.

Legumes: Around 70 percent of our immune system is in the gut so it is important to keep it healthy. Well-known legumes include alfalfa, peas, beans and lentils. Legumes provide good bacteria which your gut needs to be able to absorb nutrients.

Zinc: Zinc helps white blood cells and other antibodies reproduce more quickly, and also makes them more aggressive so they are better at fighting off infections. Oysters have the highest level of zinc, but if they are not your cup of tea then lean red meat is your next option. For vegetarians, wholegrains such as those found in whole grain bread or whole grain cereals.

Leafy green vegetables: Vegetables are an important party of all diets, but the leafy green ones are the best for boosting immunity. Examples of leafy green vegetables include spinach, bok choy and broccoli. Green, leafy vegetables are packed with antioxidants, which are powerful boosters to your immune system? They play an important role in defending the body against free radicals that causes many degenerative diseases.


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