A host of recent studies have shown a positive correlation between diet and immunity. Here are 5 powerful foods that help you in boosting your immunity while propelling you towards a healthier life.
Garlic has tremendous immunity boosting powers. Loaded with sulfur compounds such as Allicin, which help in boosting immunity, it helps prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. Moreover, it increases the potency of macrophages (natural killer cells). Furthermore, many of our common kitchen herbs and spices such as fennel, turmeric, ginger, chilies, cloves, and cinnamon work wonders against infections.
Onions are rich in quercetin, a nutrient that breaks up the mucus in your head and chest. Moreover, quercetin helps boost your immune system. Further, onions contain Allicin, which slows down the breeding process of a number of viruses and bacteria by killing them. Owing to the pungency of onions, your blood circulation increases, making you sweat. This helps immensely in preventing infections during cold weather while making you sweat during a cold or flu. One of the best ways to improve immunity is to consume raw onion within a few hours of the first symptoms of a cold or flu.
Chicken contains cysteine, a natural amino acid. This acid is released in the stock during the preparation of the soup. Rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, silicon, and sulphur, chicken soup helps boost your immune system, giving your body the ability to fight a cold more effectively. Chicken soup with plenty of black pepper, ginger, garlic, and onions opens us your sinuses and reduces the symptoms of cold. The phytonutrients present in chicken soup help in the smooth functioning of your immune system.
Green leafy vegetables such as cabbage, spinach, and broccoli are great sources of vitamins A, C, and E. Further, these are rich sources of folate, antioxidants, and fiber. The antioxidant property of these vitamins helps in functioning of the cells, their integrity, and development. These green leafy vegetables help immensely in boosting your immunity. Green leafy vegetables help increase the production of natural killer cells and T-lymphocyte, which helps prevent the growth of cancerous cells.
Vitamin C, the ultimate immune booster is found in many foods other than citrus foods like chilies, guava, tomato, and melons. It increases the production of infection fighting white blood cells and cell surface coating interferon which prevents entry of viruses. The key defender against free radical attack, vitamin E, revs up the infection fighting ability, and body’s protective mechanisms against infection attacks. It prevents premature aging and clogging of arteries thereby arresting the progression of heart disease and stroke.
Also, the best part about these foods is that in addition to boosting your immunity, adding these foods to your regular diet will help you lose weight quickly and get healthy and strong from within!
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