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Many people are worrying about the spread of the Coronavirus here in Australia. There has been a lot of contradictory information (and hype!) in the media. It’s important to speak to your health care professional if you have any concerns and refer to guidelines provided by the Chief Medical Offier and the National Health Department.
Whether you are considered ‘high risk’ or not, it’s a good time to remind us of the many foods available that have immune stimulating effects.
Below are some of our favourites and are easy to include into your diet on a daily basis.
Some recent studies have found that mushrooms make white blood cells act more aggressively against foreign bacteria. The very best kinds of mushrooms are shiitake and maitake.
Antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal as well as increasing immune function. Garlic is also a good source of selenium, an important trace element, and sulfur, which is important for healthy liver function.
Also a good source of sulfur and contain the same properties as garlic.
Include broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower which are all good sources of beta-carotene and help protect against free radical damage. They also contain Vitamin C and calcium.
Spinach and other leafy greens
Contain beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium.
Sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin and squash are a good source of vitamin A
Red capsicum, kiwi fruit, blueberries and oranges
Good sources of vitamin C.
To increase the amount of vitamin C from your oranges, thinly peel the skin off with a knife, leaving the white bioflavonoid rich inner peel.
A good source of vitamin A, perfect to support your respiratory system.
Rich in vitamin A and potassium and also contain folic acid and magnesium.
Helps the body fights off infection and has traditionally been used in treating colds and flu
Enhances the immune system, is incredibly anti inflammatory and has a detoxifying effect.
We suggest adding all these immune boosting foods to your diet on a regular basis to stay infection free and full of energy.
Why not try them out in this delicious Immune Boosting Soup! >>