Good immune system is the ‘anti-virus’ defense against any disease.
The immune system is your body’s way of helping to protect you from infection. When your body is infected by viruses, bacteria or other infectious organisms (e.g. a fungus or parasite), it undergoes a process of fighting the infection and then healing itself.
There are a number of healthy foods available rights in your kitchen that can pump up your immunity. Let understand what immunity is. We list out 20 healthy foods that can build immunity.
Honey is anti-bacterial and rich in antioxidants that make it a powerful immunity booster. Also helps to calm your sore throats and improve digestion.
Oats are rich in fibre and a good source to boost your energy. Beta-glucan, a dietary fiber found in oats, helps fight upper-respiratory tract infections.
Garlic: This close relative of the onion has long been used as a potent immune booster owing to its nutritive, antifungal and antiseptic properties. It provides protection against common colds, coughs and chest infection. This is because garlic is a high source of vitamins (C, B1, and B6), minerals (phosphorus and iron) and sulfoxide alliin known for its anti-bacterial properties.
It is high in vitamin A. They build up your immunity against several serious diseases. Sweet potatoes contain almost twice as much fibre as other types of potatoes. Contributing close to 7 grams of fiber per serving.
Blueberries: Blueberries are rich in antioxidants such as Anthocyanin, Vitamin C and E that strengthens the immune system and keeps infections at bay. They are particularly helpful for eyes diseases such as age related macular degeneration, which is common in older adults.
Broccolis are rich in antioxidants. It is full of glucoraphanin, which aids the body to process the anti-cancerous compound sulforaphane. It is packed with nutrients such as Vitamin C and K, Beta carotene, calcium, potassium and carotenoid, making it an ideal choice for weight loss friendly diets and an immunity builder.
Almonds are rich in vitamin E, which can ward off upper-respiratory infections, and they are great at boosting energy as well.
Spinach is a rich source of fibre, Vitamin A and C along with folic acid. Spinach is a great food source for dealing with bowel movement issues such as constipation because of its fibre properties. It is also fantastic for keeping your eyes and digestive tract healthy.
Apart from rich antioxidant content, olive oil is an excellent remedy for rheumatoid arthritis. It is advantageous for patients who suffer from arterial blood pressure, too. The Mediterranean diet, which is rich in olive oil, can reduce the risk of heart disease and it also helps in lowering risks of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
A major player in European and Asian diets, cabbage is packed with valuable nutrients such as sulforaphane, a chemical that enhances the body’s production of enzymes, which disarms cell-damaging free radicals and keeps risks of cancer at bay.
These leaves are beneficial to cure skin problems. Neem tea improves indigestion and constipation; and neem can reduce acidity as well.
Turmeric is believed to reduce arthritis, asthma, colds, cancer, diabetes and inflammation.
Brown rice, oats, barley and other similar forms of whole grain contain nutrient rich components like fibre, proteins and antioxidants. In fact, many nutritionists claim that they provide more essential nutrients than refined grains like white flour. Hence, it is advisable to replace the consumption of any form of refined grains with whole grains to ramp our immune levels.
Tulsi (Holy Basil)
The leaves of the holy basil plant are instrumental for coughs, sore throats, mouth infection, skin problems, headaches and boosting immunity.
It helps in controlling the blood sugar levels and is excellent for people who suffer from type-2 diabetes. It also aids in reducing triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol, enhancing your body’s cells ability to metabolize sugar by up to 20 times.
Lowers cholesterol, controls blood sugar in diabetes, improves blood circulation, improves digestion and alleviates constipation.
Omega-3 fatty acids found mostly in coldwater fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel are vital immune boosters that help maintain overall fitness. As per dietary recommendations, it is advisable to feed children at least three ounces of salmon thrice a week. This essential unsaturated fatty acids rich food increases the activity of phagocytes or white blood cells that devour any bacteria present in the body.
Nuts and Seeds
Extremely beneficial for healthy cardio functions, these valuable sources of vitamin E help bolster your immune response. Their main mechanism of operation is that they stimulate the production of natural killer cells thereby eliminating dangerous germ cells and cancer cells in the body. Depending on a person’s lifestyle, the daily dosage of these nutrients may vary. People with sedentary lifestyle and high levels of alcohol consumption may need more than 100-400 milligrams per day.
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- Guduchi & Tulsi balances Vata-Pitta-Kapha, purifies blood and helps protect from all sorts of flue (including H1N1/Swine flue etc).
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