10 Super Foods for Boosting Immunity
By theprofhypo on February 22, 2012
It was one of those weekends that changes course so fast you’re not sure what just happened. My daughter had a big skating competition and a tightly packed schedule. Despite my efforts to create a germ-free environment, she got a bad case of strep. Let me just tell you that strep is not limited to a bad sore throat. Everything came to a screeching halt and I found myself rearranging plans, talking to pharmacists and doctors and comforting a miserable child.
Which makes me wonder: is there more we can do to boost our immunity beyond vitamin supplements?
As it turns out, what you buy at the grocery store has a larger impact on your immunity than does supplements. According to nutritionists, the body absorbs nutrients better through foods than through supplements. I guess nutrients are always better absorbed when they’re in their own packaging.
So the next time you go grocery shopping, take along this list.
The Top 10 Super Foods to Help Your Body Ward Off Infection
1. Sweet potatoes. They’re a good source of Vitamin C. Those with orange skin also contain beta-carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A. Beta-carotene has antiviral, anticancer and antioxidant properties.
2. Berries. The flavonoids in blueberries, strawberries, cherries, raspberries and cranberries have antioxidant properties. Berries are also high in Vitamin C.
3. Red meat is a good source of selenium and zinc.
4. Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. It’s also rich in Vitamins A and D and selenium.
5. Soy beans are a good source of protein and vitamins B6 and E.
6. Asian mushrooms like shitake and maitake contain lentinan, which stimulates the immune system.
7. Yogurt with live cultures contains lactobacillus and bifida bacteria, which are important for a healthy gut.
8. Dark chocolate has antioxidants, copper, iron and zinc. Try an ounce a day.
9. Garlic boosts the production of white blood cells and fights off bacteria, parasites, fungi, and viruses.
10. Green tea and white tea contain Vitamin C and antioxidant flavonoids. Try a cup a day.
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