Eating for your Immune System

 

James Shrend of Healthline has a great article about keeping your immune system healthy with your food choices.

1. Citrus

Most people turn to vitamin C after they’ve caught a cold. But did you know it tops the chart of foods that keep your immune system running at 100 percent? Vitamin C is thought to increase the production of white blood cells. These are key to fighting infections.

Because your body doesn’t produce or store it, daily intake of vitamin C is essential for continued health. Almost all citrus fruits are high in vitamin C and with such a variety to choose from it’s easy to add a squeeze of C to any meal.

2. Red Bell Peppers

Think citrus fruits have the most vitamin C of any fruit or vegetable? Think again. Ounce for ounce, red bell peppers have twice as much vitamin C, as well as being a rich source of beta-carotene. Vitamin C may help maintain healthy skin and beta-carotene helps keep your eyes and skin healthy.

3. 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!

4. Garlic

Garlic is found in almost every cuisine around the world. It adds a little zing to food and it’s a must-have for your health. Early civilizations recognized its value for fighting infections. Studies by the National Institute of Food Science and Technology have shown that garlic helps to lower cholesterol and may prevent hardening of arteries. Garlic’s immune-boosting properties seem to come from a heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin.

For more foods that can help you stay healthy check out the original article.

Source:

http://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/foods-that-boost-the-immune-system

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