FOODS THAT BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

FOODS THAT BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

(Not listed in terms of effectiveness)

Compiled by Nancy B. Detweiler

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1. Unsweetened Yogurt with live and active cultures.

2. Citrus fruit – Mandarin orange has a high level of limonene which has anti-cancer effects and also helps to prevent breast cancer. Mandarin is a natural blood purifier that helps to flush out toxins and unwanted substances from the body. Grapefruit contains less sugar than oranges. Red or pink grapefruit – also helps detox the liver and promote a healthy gut lining.

3. Red Bell Pepper

4. Broccoli – one of the healthiest vegetables. Raw or cooked as little as possible. Also helps detox the liver and promote a healthy gut lining

5. Garlic

6. Ginger – Ginger may help chronic pain.

7. Spinach – raw or cooked as little as possible.

8. Almonds – vitamin E is key to a healthy immune system. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning it requires the presence of fat to be absorbed properly. peanuts, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds are all high in vitamin E.

9. Turmeric

10. Green tea – Both green and black teas are packed with flavonoids, a type of antioxidant. The fermentation process black tea goes through destroys a lot of the EGCG. Green tea, on the other hand, is steamed and not fermented.

11. Sweet potato, carrot, pumpkin, squash, cantaloupe – supply Vitamin A – they have an antioxidant effect to help strengthen the immune system against infection.

12. Mushrooms, especially Shiitake, maitake, button, and reishi mushrooms

13. Blueberries, elderberries, acai berries

14. Watermelon – great for a summer breakfast fruit

15. Oysters – supplies zinc which helps create and activate white blood cells involved in the immune response. It also assists your immune system with tasks such as healing wounds.

16. Cinnamon – cinnamon is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal.

17. Tomatoes

18. Bananas

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