Foods to boost your Immunity

Are you very receptive to common flu, nausea, cough, etc.? Do you always keep medicines with you to fight with even such small, meager diseases? Then, something is seriously wrong with your immune system. But don’t worry! Adding some food supplements to your daily diet will boost your immunity and enhance the working of your immune system.

Now, don’t be a mobile disease house. Try the following foods and remain healthy and energetic always. Following are just a few of such food items.

Vitamin C: Foods rich in Vitamin C boost the production of White Blood Cells (WBCs) in your body and also aids in more production of interferon (antibody that prevents the entry of viruses in the body). Sources of Vitamin C include cauliflower, citrus juices and fruits, strawberries, broccoli, mustard green, etc.

Vitamin E: Foods with Vitamin E enhances the production of B cells (cells producing antibodies that kill bacteria) and the natural “killer” cells (cells destroying germs and disease-causing cells). Sources of Vitamin E include almonds, olives, papaya, turnip green, mustard green, chard, etc.

Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 is vital for the WBCs to mature, replicate and multiply. Without Vitamin B12, the count of WBCs does not increase, hindering the boosting of the immune system. Sources of Vitamin B12 include milk, meat, eggs, etc.

Zinc: Zinc too enhances the production of WBCs in the body. It also increases the production of “killer” cells in the body. But remember! Too much zinc works the other way and inhibits the proper working of the immune system. So, be careful with this food item. Sources of zinc include oysters, meat, mushrooms, legumes, etc.

Selenium: The Selenium mineral boosts the production of “killer cells” and also fights against disease-causing cells. Sources of selenium include brown rice, nuts, chicken, eggs, mushrooms, whole grains, garlic, cottage cheese, etc.

Carotenoids: Carotenoids increase the number of disease-fighting cells in the body. They also help in the proper development and working of the immune system. Sources of carotenoids include vegetables that are yellow, orange or red in color.

Chromium: Chromium enhances the capability of WBCs to respond effectively to infections and kill the disease-causing cells. Sources of chromium include brewer’s yeast, liver, tomatoes, potatoes, cereals, whole grains, etc.