Foods for a Healthy Immune System

The Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) is the worst pandemic that struck and impacted over one-third of the world’s population. It’s good that many of us adapted to the preventive measures such as wearing masks, social distancing, frequently washing hands and maintaining good hygiene which can help us avoid such diseases

Is there anything else that we can do to protect ourselves from all the dangerous viruses, bacteria, and pathogens?

A healthy and nutritious balanced diet plays a vital role in boosting our immune system. Including foods that provide vitamins, minerals and antioxidants into our diet can strengthen our immune response which helps us to fight against life-threatening diseases

  • Vitamin C - Vitamin C is an essential nutrient, rich in antioxidants that may help in boosting the immune systems & prevent infections by stimulating the formation of antibodies. Vitamin C is found in - Citrus fruits, strawberries, red bell pepper, kiwi, spinach, kale, Brussels, sprouts, papaya and broccoli
  • Vitamin E - Vitamin E is another nutrient that promotes the neutralization of free radicals by working as a powerful antioxidant. Maintaining ample levels of Vitamin E is extremely essential for maintaining a healthy immune system. Vitamin E is found in avocado, almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts and peanuts/peanut butter and vegetable oils
  • Vitamin A - Vitamin A is an infection-fighter that helps regulate the health of your intestines, respiratory system & immune system. It comes in two forms: In animal foods such as fish, meat and dairy or from plant carotenoids (Beta Carotene). Boost your Vitamin A intake with Carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, dark green leafy vegetables, kale, apricots, papaya, mango and spinach
  • Vitamin D - Vitamin D is one of the most important and powerful nutrients for supporting the immune system. Vitamin D is found in Fortified cereals & plant-based milk supplements, orange juice, salmon, tuna, etc
  • Zinc - Zinc is a vital mineral that is needed for the production of new immune system cells. Zinc-rich foods include beans, lentils, seeds, nuts, meat, poultry & seafood, yogurt and chickpeas
  • Iron - It helps our body carry oxygen to cells and therefore is an essential nutrient that is found in meat, poultry, seafood, beans, broccoli, kale and iron-fortified cereals

Publisher Name: eHealthFlex Team

Date: 20-05-2021