Hope to help you Coronavirus 8Foods And Vitamins To Boost Your-Immune-System
1. Vitamin is known as an ascorbic acid, and is popular for a reason: it’s great for us. ‘Vitamin C is essential to boost the immune system, Yalda T Alaoui, founder of Eat Burn Sleep tells us. ‘Focus on whole foods as juicing makes for a huge nutrient loss. Raw apples, carrots, crudités are packed with vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. ‘In a supplement form, liposomal vitamin C is more effective as it is slow delivery.’ Other foods rich in vitamin C include lemons, oranges, broccoli, bell peppers, kiwi and papaya, and more.
2. Zinc‘This is necessary for a healthy immune system,’ says Melissa Snover, founder and CEO of Nourished. ‘A lack of zinc can make a person more susceptible to disease and illness. This essential nutrient helps maintain the body’s ability to make new cells and enzymes, process carbohydrate, fat and protein in food and also increases the speed of healing muscles and wounds. ‘Some evidence also suggests that zinc is helpful in the prevention of colds and viruses and minimises symptoms for allergy and hay fever sufferers.’ Sounds pretty great to us, but which foods contain copious amounts of zinc? If you’re a meat-eater, good news: red meats are particularly high in zinc, as is shellfish and eggs. Vegans, go for nuts, whole grains and legumes (chickpeas, lentils, beans)Fermented foods Now that you’re stocked up on rice, pasta and frozen vegetables, it’s time to visit the speciality aisle. ‘If you like saurkraut, miso, kefir and their immune-boosting relatives, add just a spoonful or two each day to your diet,’ says Sara Davenport, health expert and author of Reboot Your Health. ‘Fermented foods encourage the growth of good bacteria in your gut and when their levels are high, so are your immune levels, defending you from viral infections. ‘With saukraut, avoid shop-bought which is likely to have been pasteurised by heating and stuffed with sugar, which will kill the bacteria off and make it generally unhealthy. ‘Instead, make your own by grating raw cabbage and putting in a jar to ferment with salt. ‘
3. GingerGinger is a magical ingredient, especially if you’re already feeling under the weather. The antioxidant is believed to fight off cold and flu symptoms, combat nausea, and is full of iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium. However, it’s worth noting that a study from 2013 showed fresh ginger may help boost the body’s respiratory system, but dry ginger did not show the same results. It’s also great to your gut, according to research which shows ginger can help with digestion and constipation
4. Elderberry Tincture‘Viruses clad themselves in sharp spikes, to protect themselves and to attack and enable them to overrun your healthy cells,’ says Sara. ‘Research has shown that protective compounds in elderberries wipe out those spikes in a couple of days, preventing any further spreading of the virus – hence its nickname the ‘virus terminator’.
5. GarlicBefore it became a staple in cooking, garlic was actually used for medicinal purposes. From manganese to vitam B6 and C, as well as selenium and fiber, it is high in immune-boosting compounds.
6. Beta glucan‘This is a soluble fibre, comes from yeasts,’ says Melissa. ‘It can positively stimulate your immune system, reinforcing it against ailments like asthma, allergies, Crohn’s disease, and more.
7. MushroomsEuan says: ‘There are approximately 400 species of fungi that have been identified with medicinal properties, and many have antiviral, antimicrobial or anti-inflammatory qualities.
8. AndrographisAlso known as green chireta or ‘Indian echinacea’, andrographis is an anti-inflammatory herb found in south Asian