Food Aid

Your best line of de­fence when it comes to f lu sea­son? Food! Now nosh your­self back to health with our edible reme­dies

Women's Health (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - By Rachel Meltzer

Nutri­tion to the res­cue! These flu-fight­ing foods pack a punch

Whether there’s a flu out­break or The Walk­ing Dead apoc­a­lypse, here’s a hint: raid the su­per­mar­ket first – amaz­ing well­ness aids line its shelves. “We know which nu­tri­ents sup­port im­mu­nity, so we should base our di­ets on foods that con­tain them,” says Dr El­son Haas, co-au­thor of Ul­ti­mate Im­mu­nity. Next time you feel like a zom­bie – or the mere inkling of the snif­fles comes around – scarf down these germ slay­ers and stay safe.

OYS­TERS

A zinc de­fi­ciency can make im­mune cells less re­spon­sive, ac­cord­ing to a 2015 study in Molec­u­lar Nutri­tion & Food Re­search. A good way to make sure you get enough: eat one of these mol­luscs cooked or slurp two raw. Ei­ther will take care of your rec­om­mended daily value. Not a fan? Make a heap­ing half-cup of wheat­germ your morn­ing meal.

PAW-PAW

This trop­i­cal won­der stim­u­lates an­ti­bod­ies and fights in­fec­tion (thanks, vi­ta­min A). Plus, in a study on an­i­mals, re­searchers found that it may boost the T-cells that con­trol in­flam­ma­tion.

EDAMAME

These lit­tle pods de­liver a hefty dose of omega-3 fatty acids, which can re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and are help­ful in pre­vent­ing dis­eases such as Alzheimer’s and de­pres­sion.

S HI I TAKE MUSH­ROOMS

Eat­ing a sin­gle serv­ing of these ’shrooms daily can re­duce your lev­els of in­flam­ma­tory pro­teins and en­hance gamma delta T-cell func­tion, both mark­ers of im­proved im­mu­nity, shows a study from the Uni­ver­sity of Florida.

GAR­LIC

Okay, fine – it may wreck your breath, but it’ll do the same to germs. Data pub­lished in Ap­plied Mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy and Biotech­nol­ogy in­di­cates that the stinky stuff’s key com­pound has beau­coup an­tivi­ral and an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties.

BRAZIL NUTS

Meet the new all-stars of the mixed-nut jar. They’re the top food source of se­le­nium, a po­tent an­tiox­i­dant that is needed for nearly all as­pects of the im­mune sys­tem to func­tion, per the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Nutri­tion. One nut – that’s all you need for the whole day.

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