Foods To Boost Your Immune System
To keep your immune system healthy, it's important to get sufficient sleep, exercise regularly, and to manage your stress. Although supplements containing high doses of antioxidants and other nutrients found in whole foods are often touted as natural immune boosters, some research indicates that taking dietary supplements may have limited benefits for the immune system. To maximise your vitamin intake try eating a variety of colourful and nutritious food everyday into your diet.
Foods high in vitamin C - An essential nutrient, vitamin C acts as an antioxidant. Antioxidants help fight free radicals, a type of unstable molecule known to damage the immune system. There's some evidence that vitamin C may be particularly helpful in boosting the immune systems of people under major stress.
To increase your vitamin C intake, add these foods to your diet:
- citrus fruits such as orange, lemons and grapefruit
- kiwi fruit
- red and green peppers
- wheat germ oil
- sunflower seeds
- peanut butter
- baked beans
- raisin bran
Try these omega-3-rich foods:
- oily fish (including mackerel, tuna, salmon, sardines, herring, and trout)
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