We all know how important our immune system is to our overall health. Well, I’ve done some extensive research to find out what foods we could eat to aid in promoting a healthy immune system. I would like to share with you 8 of the 15 foods that I found in my research that have been known to boost our immune system. Check it out:
This fruit is said to be an old remedy, extract from this berry appears to block flu viruses in test tube studies. Although this would need further testing, the fruit is loaded with antioxidants and may also have the ability to fight inflammation.
Don’t count out the mushroom. They have B vitamin riboflavin and niacin which play a role in a healthy immune system. Some studies have shown that mushrooms have antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-tumor effects.
I know everyone has heard of this fruit because it’s been highly successful in the marketplace as a weight loss product. These berries are considered one of the “superfoods” like blueberries. Their dark color signifies their packed full of antioxidants called anthocyanins. While the acai berry isn’t linked disease or illness fighting ability, antioxidants may help your body fight off aging and disease.
Known as Aphrodisiacs and immune boosters thanks to the mineral zinc that’s found in oysters. Low levels of zinc are related to male infertility. Although researchers can’t explain why, zinc appears to have some antiviral effect. One thing that has been proven is that zinc is important to several immune system tasks such as healing wounds.
Guess what these little beauties do? A handful of almonds can get your immune system in shape from the effects of stress. It’s amazing but only a 1/4 cup serving can carry nearly 50% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin E, which will help boost your immune system. They also have riboflavin and niacin, B vitamins that may help you bounce back from the effects of stress.
Wheat germ is part of the wheat seed that feeds a baby wheat plant! I’m sure it’s not hard for you to imagine but it’s full of nutrients. It has antioxidants, zinc, and B vitamins as well as other vital vitamins and minerals. Wheat germ consequently offers a good mix of protein, fiber, and also some good fat. One way you can incorporate wheat germ into your meals is to substitute part of the flour called for in baked goods and other recipes.
Garlic has several antioxidants that battle immune system invaders. Garlic targets H. pylori, the bacteria associated with some ulcers, and stomach cancer. I have a couple of tips for you. When cooking with garlic you should peel, chop and then let it sit for 15 to 29 minutes before actually cooking to activate immune-boosting enzymes. Another tip for your dogs is to find garlic oil which can be found in nutritional and some specialty grocery stores, pour a small amount about a 1/4 teaspoon to one cup of dog food and guess what…your dog will be free of fleas, ticks or any other parasites that may want to attack your pet!
It’s known as one of the “superfoods” because it’s rich in nutrients. One important nutrient found in spinach is folate, which helps your body produce new cells and repair DNA. It also has fiber, antioxidants, like vitamin C, and more. To get the most benefit from spinach, eat it raw or lightly cooked. I like to substitute spinach for my lettuce in salads. It’s absolutely delicious and makes for a good salad.
Vegetables especially broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, are vegetables which are a good source of beta-carotene; these vegetables are also a good source of vitamin C and calcium in our diet. Broccoli is rich in glucosinolates and works as a natural antioxidant in the body.
Turmeric is a herb that has a detoxifying effect on the human body as well as enhancing the human immune system.
Horseradish has established its self as a food effective against infections, it contains special oils that have antibiotic properties.
Salmon and other seafood contain Omega-3 fatty acids. These Omega-3 fatty acids cause our body to fight bacteria more effectively.
The best way to keep a good healthy immune is to eat a proper diet, eat a lot of greens and vegetables and at least 50% of these should be raw. Other foods that boost the immune system also must be taken. A healthy immune system means a healthy body. There you have it, 8 of 15 ingredients known to have immune system boosting effects! Now start cooking some delicious meals today using some of the ingredients. Your immune system will thank you for it.