Saturday, March 29, 2014 • Alexandria, VA 22306
Load Up on Immune Boosting Foods -Deborah Huso
While scientific research has conclusively shown only protein intake to be a good immunity booster, there is anecdotal evidence that increasing intake of other vitamins and minerals help too. Here's the scoop on the top foods for immune-sytem health.
Berries. All kind of berries, but especially blueberries, are great sources of antioxidants.
Broccoli. Full of antioxidants such as beta carotene, vitamin C and vitamin A (which has been shown to increase white blood cell counts), this is a "superfood" for immune health.
Citrus Fruits. Load up on oranges, grapefruit and tangerines, which are rich in vitamin C.
Green teas. Has polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that may also help combat illness.
Mushrooms. A great source for selenium, these are good for adding to salads, casseroles, and pizzas.
Spinach. Raw or cooked, its one of the best sources of folic acid.
Walnuts and almonds. A handful of these nuts will give you a good serving of protein as well as vitamin A.
Watermelon. Loaded with vitamin C, beta carotene and lycopene, it should be eaten at full ripeness to get the best effects.
Yam, carrots, pumpkin and cantaloupe. These orange foods are great sources of beta carotene.