With more and more people fearful of getting sick from the coronavirus, more and more people are trying to increase their immunity, to help avoid getting the coronavirus.
Here are some great foods that are known to increase immunity:
Citrus-Vitamin C is thought to increase the production of white blood cells, which are key to fighting infections.
Red bell peppers-these have one of the highest levels of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps build up our white blood cells, helps build up our immunity
Broccoli-Broccoli is packed with phytochemicals and antioxidants that support our immune system. It also contains vitamin E, an antioxidant that can help fight off bacteria and viruses.
Garlic-Garlic contains compounds that help the immune system fight germs
Ginger-ginger extract raises significantly the thymus index, spleen index, percentage of phagocytosis, and thus improves the immunologic function relating to tumors. Ginger extract causes apoptosis (cell death) of breast carcinoma cells, inhibits cell growth and modulates angiogenic factor in ovarian cancer cells.
Spinach-Spinach may boost the immune system, as it contains many essential nutrients and antioxidants, including flavanoids, carotenoids, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E
Yogurt-Yogurt is rich in probiotics , microorganisms that are known to be gut-friendly and strengthening of the immune system. Eating yogurt every day can increase the level of good bacteria in your gut and can improve your first line of defense against pathogens. Notably, your gut flora constitutes 70 per cent of the immune system.
Almonds-Riboflavin in almonds also plays a role in strengthening the immune system by attaching itself to protein enzymes called flavoproteins and encouraging oxygen based energy production. Also, naturally occurring chemicals found in the skin of the nut boost the immune system’s response to such infections.
Turmeric-Studies suggest that turmeric can help provide a boost to the white blood cells that help your immune system fight off bacteria, viruses and other ailments
Green tea-The magical ingredient in green tea is a polyphenol called EGCG, which is already known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer characteristics. EGCG, crucially, helps create more regulatory T cells without affecting our DNA, meaning, while it is not as powerful as some drugs, it causes less incidental damage.
Papaya-As a rich source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, papaya helps boost the immune system by removing toxins from the body. This helps keep illnesses and infections away.
Kiwi-A single 100 gram serving of the fruit is known to fulfil up to 154% of the daily Vitamin C requirement, as per the USDA. The consumption of Vitamin C helps build a healthy immune system and aids the body’s fight against diseases.
Sunflower seeds-These contain selenium which help your body fight against certain cancers, while also helping your immune system to control cell damage.
Shellfish-Shellfish have a high amount of zinc, which helps to boost immune system function and promote healing. Research shows that when consumed at the first sign of the sniffles, zinc can help reduce the length and severity of sickness.
Eat a variety of these foods to make sure you get all your nutrients–Bon appetit!