Want to boost your immune system? Then here are our top ten foods to include in your diet.
The marvel of mushrooms
Mushrooms contain immune boosting zinc which help build white blood cells and fight disease. Add them to your grilled breakfast, pop them in your pasta sauce or simply grill a large flat mushroom for a healthy burger substitute.
Broccoli packs a punch
Broccoli packs a powerful nutritional punch containing folate, fibre, vitamins C and A, and calcium, which help your body in numerous ways. Along with other cruciferous vegetables, it’s also thought to help the body impede the growth of cancer cells.
The health giving properties of ginger have long been mooted, from soothing the digestive system to stimulating the circulation system and relieving nausea. One of this spice’s amazing properties is an ability to boost the immune system. So make a cup of ginger tea, with a few slices of fresh ginger, hot water and a squirt of lemon.
Garlic contains Allicin which boosts the immune system, protecting the body from infection and disease. It’s also thought to reduce the risk of heart disease and improve mental health. Add it to your pasta, your soups, your roast veg and potatoes; there are lots of additional ideas online.
Cinnamon’s a spice that’s long been heralded for its antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties – making it a top ingredient to add to your diet. What’s more, it has a rare ability to go with both savoury and sweet dishes, plus it gives a delectable kick to your evening hot chocolate. So there are lots of ways you can introduce it into your diet.
Carrots top the class
Carrots are a great source of beta carotene which famously promotes good vision, but they also support the body’s mucous membrane, ultimately boosting the immune system.
Remarkable red bell peppers
Red bell peppers contain lots of vitamins A and C, which are thought to reduce the risk of some cancers and to aid our eye sight, helping to ward off cataracts and macular degeneration. Like carrots, they also contain beta carotene.
This dark green vegetable has long been mooted for its superfood qualities, chock-a-block with antioxidants, beta carotene and vitamin c. It’s also a versatile vegetable easy to integrate into your meals, mixed into salads or stirred into dishes just before serving, so it retains it amazing nutrients. In fact, light cooking helps to release some of those nutrients.
It seems almost every day we hear more about the amazing health giving properties of turmeric. It’s been used as an anti-inflammatory to treat some types of arthritis; it’s also been linked to the prevention of cancer cell growth, so add it to your diet today.
Citrus fruit ago go
Citrus fruit such as oranges, grapefruit and lemons contain lots of vitamin C, helping to build up your immune system and fight off infection.
The most important thing with any diet is to eat a balanced diet, which includes a broad range of fresh fruit and vegetables. Got a problem with your joints? Then contact the London orthopaedic clinic.