Super foods for immunity

February 24, 2009 RENU

  1. Curd/yoghurt- Probiotics or healthy bacteria keep gut & int.tract free of disease causing germs. So eat 7oz everyday to boost immunity.
  2. Sweet potato- Skin is a fortress against germs & it needs vitA for production of connective tissue. Beta carotene is converted into vitA by body. 1/2c sweet potato delivers 40% of daily recommendation of vitA as beta carotene. Other foods are-orange, carrots, squash, pumpkin, cantaloupe.
  3. Tea- Drink 5c black/green tea every day during winter so immune system pumps out 10times more cold & flu fighting interferon-proteins that defend against infection. Also from food poisoning, infected cuts, athlete’s foot, TB, malaria, cancer.
  4. Chicken soup- Cold symptoms are a response to the cell’s accumulation in bronchial tubes. Amino Acid cysteine released from chicken during cooking chemically resembles bronchitis drug acetylcysteine. Soup’s salty broth keeps mucus thin the same way cough medicines do. Adding garlic & onions increase soup’s immune boosting power.
  5. Beef- Has immune bolstering mineral Zinc which is imp for devpt of WBC, the immune system cells that recoginze & destroy germs. Or try zic rich oysters, fortified cereals, pork, poultry, curd or milk.
  6. Mushrooms- They increase the production & activity of WBC, making them more aggressive which is a good thing when you have an infection. Shiitake & maitake pack the biggest immune punch.
  7. Fish & shellfish-Selenium increases immune cell production of proteins called cytokines that help clear flu viruses out of our body. Selenium is plentiful in oysters, lobsters, crabs, clams. Omega 3s found in Pacific salmon has highest blood levels of flu fighting T-cells & interferon-gamma cytokines.
  8. Garlic-Allicin in garlic fights infection & bacteria. Eat 2raw cloves a day & add to your cooking several times.
  9. Oats & barley-Fiber called beta-glucan has antimicrobial & antioxidant capabilities more potent than echinacea. It boosts immunity, prevents influenza, herpes, anthrax, speeds wound healing, help antibiotics work better.
  10. Sea weeds- like kelp, nori, sea lettuce etc that grow near sea have more vitamins & minerals than any land grown plants.

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