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9 Foods To Boost Your Immune System

Qossay Takroori 2010/08/12

There are millions of bacteria, viruses, parasites and toxins in our environment that would love to attack and invade your body. But fortunately, our body has a very strong defense mechanism that destroys any foreign objects that enters our system.  This mechanism is called the “immune system.

Think about this, when something dies, lets say a rat, within just few hours you will notice all kind of  parasites, bacteria and viruses  eating it right? Well, this is because the immune system is not defending the body. Once, the immune system shuts down, the door will be wide open to thousands of microbes to get in and attack our bodies.

Selenium:

Without adequate quantities of Selenium we highly susceptible to cancer, viruses and free radical damage. Selenium is one of the most potent free radical scavengers that we call antioxidants. Area of the world that have low selenium levels have correspondingly high levels of cancer and viruses. Selenium is essential to the production of a powerful enzyme called glutathione peroxidase, which is important in detoxifying the body of environmental toxins. Selenium deficiency causes poor resistance to viruses and bacteria, and reduces T-cell activity and antibody production.

Sometime our immune system becomes weak, which makes your body vulnerable to many diseases. There are many foods that boost and enhance your immune system, here are the top 9.

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1. Elderberry

9 Foods To Boost Your Immune System

Elderberry is rich of antioxidants, which helps in fighting inflammation. Research studies found that Elderberry helps people recover faster from flu. Elderberry has a couple of disease-fighting chemicals. One is flavonoids, which have significant anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and can activate immune cells that help the body to fight off viruses. The elderberry fruit is also a source of components known as lectins which have been shown in the laboratory to stop replication of ten different strains of the flu virus. Elderberry has been a popular flu and common cold remedy since the time of the Romans. Recent research has demonstrated that elderberry juice not only stimulates the immune system, but also directly inhibits the influenza virus.

2. Button Mushrooms

9 Foods To Boost Your Immune System

The relationship between good health and a diet rich in mushrooms came to the attention of modern science when health researchers noticed that people who eat mushrooms seem to be healthier that other people. in Japan, for example, scientists discovered few incidence of cancer in shiitake-growing regions. Mushrooms have an essential mineral called selenium. Low level of selenium have been linked to increased risk of developing more severe flu. Medical research on button mushrooms have shown that it have antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-tumor effects.

3. Oysters

9 Foods To Boost Your Immune System

Oysters are great source of Aphrodisiac, which is a substance that increases sexual desire. It also has great benefit on the immune system. Oysters have a good amount of zinc, and lower level of zinc in the body linked to male infertility.

4. Watermelon

9 Foods To Boost Your Immune System

Hydrating and refreshing, ripe watermelon also has plenty of a powerful antioxidant, glutathione. Known to help strengthen the immune system so it can fight infection, glutathione is found in the red pulpy flesh near the rind.

5. Almonds

9 Foods To Boost Your Immune System

Almonds is another food that boost the immune system. Almonds help the immune system by reducing stress level.

6. Garlic

9 Foods To Boost Your Immune System

It doesn’t smell good, but the benefits are great. Garlic fights a type of bacteria called H. pylori, that causes ulcers and stomach cancer. Garlic also has many essentials minerals and vitamins such as potassium, vitamins A and C and selenium. It also has sulfur, calcium, manganese, copper, vitamin B1 and iron. incorporate Garlic in your food every now and then to get the enormous health benefits of Garlic. It is advised to peal off the garlic and leave it for about 15-20 minutes before eating it to activate the ani-cancer chemicals.

7. Spinach

9 Foods To Boost Your Immune System

Spinach is one food that you have to consume regularly. Folate is one of the many chemical compounds found in Spinach. Folate is necessary for the production and maintenance of new cells, for DNA synthesis and RNA synthesis, and for preventing changes to DNA, and, thus, for preventing cancer. Eat spinach raw or lightly cooked to get the most benefit.

8. Sweet Potato

9 Foods To Boost Your Immune System

Like carrots, sweet potatoes have the antioxidant beta-carotene, which mops up damaging free radicals. Sweet potatoes also boast vitamin A, which is linked to slowing the aging process and may reduce the risk of some cancers.

9. Broccoli

9 Foods To Boost Your Immune System

Broccoli is high in vitamins A and D. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley found that 3,3′-diindolylmethane (DIM), a compound found in Broccoli actually stop the growth of certain cancer cells.

The immune system is your body’s defense system against disease. when it is working properly, it finds and fights pathogenic, or disease-causing, organisms like germs, bacteria, and viruses. Your immune system gives you the physical and mental strength, energy, and power to fight minor illnesses such as colds or flu. A healthy immune system can also detect and repair damaged cells, such as ones that have been injured by cancer and other diseases. But when your immune system is weakened, serious health problems can occur. you many experience frequent or long-lasting infections- ones that reoccur over months or won’t go away at all.

About The Author

Hi, I am Qossay Takroori the Founder and Chief editor of Palscience. I enjoy tasting authentic foods, swimming and engaging in constructive conversations. I like meeting people from all over the world so please don't hesitate to drop me a comment or email if you want to chat.

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