Top Immune-Boosting Foods and Herbs

By Thom Underwood - February 13, 2018

  1. Vitamin C
    If you want to help support your immune system, include plenty of natural Vitamin C, and choose organic whenever possible. This powerful antioxidant helps in the repair and regeneration of tissues and protects cells throughout the body. Good food sources of vitamin C include:
    • Broccoli
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Cantaloupe
    • Kiwi
    • Oranges
    • Lemons
    • Peppers
    • Pineapple
    • Pink grapefruit
    • Strawberries
    • Mango
  2. Garlic
    Used for centuries as powerful “food medicine.” It has antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory benefits.
  3. Omega 3
    Found in flax, hempseed, chia seed, salmon, mackerel, krill, cod liver oil, avocado, and almonds, just to name a few. Omega 3s boost the immune system by increasing the activity of white blood cells that eliminate bacteria and protect the body against damage from over-reactions to infection. Omega 3s also lessen the severity of the infection.
  4. Zinc
    Found in broccoli, kale, mushrooms, sesame seeds (Tahini), pumpkin seeds, beans, cashews, eggs, wheat germ, and oysters, to name a few. Zinc helps prevent illness and can lessen the severity and length of colds and flu symptoms
  5. Selenium
    Found in Brazil nuts, wheat germ, whole grains, eggs, sunflower seeds, garlic.

6. Elderberry
Found in cherries, red grapes, black rice, and also in natural extract, juice and pill form (at health food stores)

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