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Immune System Boosting Foods

Are you literally “sick” and “tired” of catching common colds and things like the flu? Eating right is a great start to building your immune system and keeping it strong and active. Variety is the key to proper nutrition and these foods will help your fight against the flu. Don’t get caught by the flu bug.

Garlic is found in almost every cuisine in the world. Not only does it add zing to your food, but it is also a must for your health. Early civilizations referenced it to fighting infections and such because it helps lower blood pressure and slows down the hardening of the arteries. Garlic’s immune boosting proponents seem to come from a heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin.

Spinach is not only packed with vitamin C, but it also comes with numerous antioxidants and beta carotene that increase the ability to fight infections with our immune systems. Similar to other green foods such as broccoli, spinach is healthiest when cooked as little as possible so that it may retain all of its nutrients. However, a light cooking can enhance its vitamin A and allows other nutrients to be released form oxalic acid.

One last food that most American eat for a healthy and quick snack are almonds. When it comes to fighting off colds, almonds are a great source of vitamin E. Vitamin E is key to a healthy immune system because it is a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning it requires the presence of fat to be absorbed properly. Roughly 46 whole, shelled almonds, provides the recommended daily amount of vitamin E for one’s body.

Already properly enacting these foods into your daily life? Check out this link to discover even more foods that are beneficial to your health in their own unique ways!
https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/foods-that-boost-the-immune-system#almonds