5 Immunity Boosting Foods to FIGHT Colds & Flu
One of the most recent spices to be crowned a "superfood", turmeric is a rich yellow powder often used in curry dishes. It’s high in antioxidants and considered a natural anti-inflammatory. In Ayruvedic medicine, it is believed when taken it on a daily basis, it is known to relieve the body of toxins. It has been shown that people who consume turmeric are less susceptible to colds, coughs and congestion. Order up a curry from your favorite Indian restaurant or mix up this Fresh Turmeric Tonic for a quick immunity boost
2. Dark Leafy Greens
While people typically associate citrus fruit with vitamin C, dark leafy greens, like spinach, kale, Swiss chard and arugula, are also great sources of the cold-fighting vitamin. Some research shows that if you consistently take in adequate amounts of Vitamin C, it can reduce the duration of a cold. We recommend sautéing vegetables and combining them with other healthy spices and foods, such as garlic. When the greens are cooked, they shrink in size and you can consume more of the vegetables than if you were eating them raw. Remember – the darker the greens, the higher the nutrient content
With an impressive record of clinical research, this Native American plant stimulates nonspecific activity of the immune system. In other words, it’s a cure-all for a variety of infections and diseases. A 2003 study utilizing echinacea reported a tenfold increase in various interleukin genes, which regulate the immune response. These results are consistent with echinacea’s reported ability to reduce the duration and intensity of cold and flu symptoms.
Good news if you love dipping veggie sticks in aioli. Garlic contains allicin, a compound that can help fight infection and bacteria. One study showed that people who ate garlic daily were less likely to catch a cold. Eat raw garlic if you're feeling really daring, or add it to soups and other cooked meals to reap the benefits without the vampire-slaying breath.
5. Citrus fruits
Most people turn to vitamin C after they've caught a cold. That’s because it helps build up your immune system. Vitamin C is thought to increase the production of white blood cells. These are key to fighting infections.
This article is presented by:
Dr. Mario R Ferraro - Chiropractor & Wellness Practitioner.
Caroline Springs & Essendon Fields
The Information presented in this article is a guide only and does not substitute for health professional consultation. Any symptom that is of a persistent nature should be thoroughly assessed by your qualified health care practitioner.