This food adds a little zing to your meals and is a must-have for your health. The immune-boosting properties of garlic appear to come from its sulfur-containing compounds such as allicin.
Flavonoids (a type of antioxidant) are found in abundance in green and black teas. Green tea is full of epigallocatechin (EGCG). Studies have found EGCG can enhance immune function (3). Black tea goes through a fermentation process resulting in most of the EGCG being lost, while green tea is steamed, preserving the EGCG.
An underrated fruit, these are another fruit full of essential nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and potassium. Vitamin C to help boost the body’s white blood cells to fight infection and the other nutrients help to keep the body functioning properly.
Chicken soup or even a homemade chicken stock is something that is often suggested when sick and it may help to lower inflammation, which improves the symptoms of a cold. Chicken and turkey are high in vitamin B-6, which plays an important role in chemical reactions in the body. It is also key to the formation of new and healthy red blood cells. Try to have a chicken soup without too much cream added.
This one might never have crossed your mind to help with a healthy immune system but shellfish is packed with Zinc, and it is important so our immune cells can function correctly. Types of shellfish which are high in zinc are lobster, crab, mussels, oysters. Get yourself down to Viviers for the freshest fish in Portsmouth.
Did you know you can find double the amount of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C in a single medium-sized Papaya? Papayas also have a digestive enzyme called papain that has anti-inflammatory effects. You will also find magnesium, folate and potassium in Papayas, which is beneficial to your overall health. Plus it’s a fun word to say.
This vegetable is packed with vitamins A, C & E, as well as fibre and many other antioxidants. Did you know the key to keeping its benefits intact is with minimal cooking or no cooking at all? Steaming is the best way to keep nutrients in your food. The stalk also contains a lot of nutrients, finely chop and cook with the florets to reap the benefits without risking undercooking the stalk.
Vitamin E tends to be overlooked for vitamin C when thinking of preventing or fighting off colds. Vitamin E, however, is key to a healthy immune system. Being a fat-soluble vitamin it requires fat to be absorbed. Nuts such as almonds are packed with vitamin E as well as having healthy fats. Be careful not to go crazy though, think a handful rather than a packet.