Natural foods that support your immune system

There are certain foods you really need to have knowledge about. In a book strictly meant for diabetes patients, the list of foods below where mentions. And some of the things said about this foods is what you’ll find below.

Citrus fruits

Usually, people run to vitamin C whenever they have a cold. This is due to the fact that it helps to build up the immune system.  Studies have shown that vitamin C upturns the production of the white blood cells in the body. These white blood cells help to fight against a lot of infections.

Some popular citrus fruits are oranges, grapefruit, lemons, tangerines, limes, etc.

Some nutritionists have affirmed that the body does not produce or store vitamin C. Since the body does not store vitamin C, then, you need vitamin C daily in order to remain healthy.  Citrus fruits are naturally very high in vitamin C.

Important to note: Citrus fruit helps to boost the immune system. This indirectly or directly lowers one’s risk of contracting infections and they can even speed up one’s recovery from certain illnesses.

Garlic

Garlic can be found in every, if not all, cookery parts in the world. Garlic augments the food with a little vigor. This, in turn, keeps one’s health. In fact, today garlic has become a must have in some homes. Early civilizations have recognized the incomparable value of garlic in fighting against infections. Garlic can as well help in lowering the blood pressure and slow down the hardness of the arteries. Garlic’s immune-boosting contents have seemed to emerge from the fact that there is a heavy concentration of sulfur compounds, such as allicin in garlic.

Important to note: Eating up to two to three cloves of garlic every day can help to boost the immune system. Garlic is very effective at decreasing the symptoms and duration of common cold and even flu.

Ginger

Ginger is an ingredient that a lot of people use whenever they fall ill. Ginger can also assist in decreasing inflammation.  This is done through helping to reduce a sore throat and some other inflammatory illnesses. Ginger also helps in lessening nausea. Ginger also conjoins some heat in form of gingerol. Ginger can help in decreasing chronic pain. Aside all these mentioned above, ginger possesses cholesterol-lowering properties which automatically helps in lowering the amount of cholesterol in the body.

Important to note: Turning ginger to a regular part of one’s diet aids the lowering the risk of getting some infections.

Papaya

Papaya is a fruit that is loaded with vitamin C just like the citrus fruit. You can get close to 200 percent of vitamin C in a single papaya. Papayas have a digestive enzyme which is known as papain, and this papain has anti-inflammatory effects.

Papayas are filled with a recognizable amount of potassium,  vitamins B complex, and folate. All these nutrients are very beneficial to our health.

Shellfish

Shellfish is filled with a high amount of zinc in it. Zinc does not have enough vitamins and minerals like the above-mentioned foods, but one’s body really needs shellfish in order to make our immune cells continue to function well as intended. There are varieties of shellfish. They include crab, clams, lobster, mussels, etc.

Important to Note: You must always have it in mind that you should not have more than the daily recommended amount of zinc in your diet. It is 11 milligrams (mg) for men; it is 8 milligrams (mg) for women.  You must know that excess zinc can hinder the proper functioning of the immune system.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has a category of fats with antimicrobial properties. The most common of these is the lauric acid. This acid is transformed into a substance known as monolaurin when digestion is taking place. Both acids have the capability to eradicate harmful viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Researchers believe that coconut oil is effective for fighting against the viruses responsible for influenza and hepatitis C. You can add coconut oil to your diet instead of using butter or vegetable oils while cooking or baking. You can increase your intake of groundnut oil slowly in order to avoid loose stools that can occur with high intakes.

Important to Note: Studies have claimed that the fat found in coconuts can help in protecting the body against various viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are not only delicious but also nutritious as they are very rich in vitamin A.

Lack of foods that are very rich in vitamin A usually lead to a deficiency which weakens the immune system and the body becomes very sensitive to any infection that comes its way. Vitamin A is also good for infants. It helps in improving the ways in which they respond to some vaccines. However, an excessive intake of vitamin A can result in adversative effects like headaches, weaker bones, coma which may lead to premature death. A very high intake of vitamin A supplements by a pregnant woman can increase her risk of giving birth to a child with defects which may be physical, psychological or physiological.

Sweet potato is not the only food that is very rich in vitamin A. There are some others which include carrots, dark-green leafy vegetables, squash, romaine lettuce, dried apricots, red peppers, fish and organ meats.

Important to Note: Sweet potatoes and the other foods rich vitamin-A that are mentioned above can aid in boosting the immune system and lower the likelihood of getting any infection.