he host defence system of the body is the immune system. The immune system’s main function and vegetables and not only in oranges and lemons like most people believe. Guava contains the biggest amount of vitamin C among all fruits. It contains ive times more vitamin C than oranges. Broccoli, kiwi, red pepper and strawberries all have great amounts of vitamin C as well.
One of the best antioxidants, garlic has shown to have antibacterial and antiviral properties. In addition, it has shown in various studies that it stimulates white blood cell production and increases the eficiency of antibody production.
Turmeric contains curcumin and other chemicals that might decrease inlammation. The properties of this spice make it among the best antioxidant and immune booster foods.
Nuts are one of the best and healthiest snacks to have. They are a great source of many nutrients and antioxidants like vitamin E, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. Eating nuts may reduce inlammation and lower the risk of chronic disease. They are considered one of the top immune booster foods that are widely available and easy to get.
Green leafy vegetables
Leafy greens have so many health beneits. One of the most important ones is their ability to ight free radicals and reduce oxidative stress. It is recommended to consume green leafy vegetables daily and incorporate them in your regular diet.
Considered one of the oldest medicines that has been used for thousands of years, ginger is well known for its ability to improve health and wellbeing. The health beneits of ginger are attributed to their antiinlammatory properties. We can ind ginger in many forms (fresh, dried and juiced) and it’s important to incorporate them in your regular diet.
Berries are a great source of antioxidants, vitamin C and biolavonoids that defend against infection or injury. It is recommended to have a bowl of mixed berries like blueberries, strawberries and redberries to get all the beneits from the antiinlammatory properties they have. And also to give your immune system the best boost.
Fish in general and especially fatty ish like salmon contain a good amount of omega-3. Omega-3 fatty acid helps to increase the activity of white blood cells. They help in ighting infections and repairing damage in the body. Consuming ish daily is one of the best things you can do for your body and immune system.
Abeer Majed Al Kusayer
Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, Dubai Hospital – Dubai Health Authority