7 Foods That Boost the Immune System
If you’re looking for ways to prevent the flu, colds and fight other viruses, check out these 7 foods that will help to keep your immune system strong.
#1: Citrus Fruits
Vitamin C is the one ingredient everyone can agree upon after they have caught a virus. This is vital to helping you build up your immune system. According to published research this vital vitamin may increase white blood production. White blood cells are vital to fighting infections.
Check out these citrus fruits that are high in Vitamin C:
Check out this great Orange Mint Infused Water Recipe
Blueberries contain powerful compounds called flavonoids. These antioxidants help to reduce damage to your cells and helps to boost your immune system. In addition, this tiny blue superfruit contains a whole host Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Fiber and Potassium
If you can’t find fresh blueberries in your local grocery store, check out wild blueberry capsules. Each daily serving (one-capsule) of blueberry capsules is equivalent to antioxidant benefits 1/2 of fresh blueberries.
#3: Red Bell Pepper
This red-colored veggie truly offers a great surprise. Not only does it taste great with hummus or simply as a fresh snack, it offers at least twice the amount of citrus fruits for Vitamin C per serving. In addition, the rich in beta carotene so it also helps to keep your eyes and skin healthy.
#4: Tart (Red) Cherries
Tart (Red) cherries are natures leading source of naturally occurring anthocyanins. This powerful type of flavonoid gives your body antimicrobial powers. Basically, when you eat fresh cherries or drink cherry juice, the anthocyanins can help your body zap tiny organisms called microbes.
Microbes are basically bacteria that may get you sick. Published research suggests the specific types of anthocyanins found in tart cherries may help fight bacteria.
Check out how to make a great tasting, bacteria fighting glass of cherry juice.
#5 and #6: Garlic and Beets
Garlic can be found in recipes from around the world. It not only adds some “zip” to your recipes, it boosts your immune system helping your body fight infections.
Beets are packed full of Vitamin C, Folate, Potassium and Iron. These are vital to boosting your immune system and staying healthy.
Check out this quick and easy garlic and beet recipe video:
Look for Yogurt labels that state “live and active”. Greek yogurt is widely known for its “live and active” abilities. Basically, live and active yogurts stimulate your immune system into action. In addition, yogurt is a great source of Vitamin D. This vitamin helps to regulate your immune system and boost your body’s natural immune defenses. Check out our dried cherries, too!
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