10 Powerful Immunity-Boosting Foods

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The Doctors love to say, "Let food be your medicine," which is especially true during this time, where a variety of whole foods can help keep your body healthy and boost your immunity during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are 10 immunity-boosting foods to add to your shopping list this week: 

  • Broccoli: super-packed with vitamins and minerals 
  • Spinach: rich in vitamins C and E, antioxidants, and beta-carotene 
  • Citrus fruits: high in vitamin C, potassium and fiber
  • Red Bell Peppers: very high in vitamins C and A
  • Apples: good source of prebiotic fiber 
  • Sweet potatoes: rich in beta-carotenes and vitamin A 
  • Mushrooms: loaded with vitamin D and has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Green Tea: high in flavonoids
  • Garlic: calcium, potassium and bacteria-fighting sulfuric compounds
  • Ginger: may help decrease inflammation 

Read: 5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

Antioxidants are thought to boost your overall health, specifically, vitamin C can help protect your body from infection, vitamin A helps your body regulate your immune system, and vitamin E helps neutralize free radicals in your body. Here are some more antioxidant-rich foods: 

  • Vitamin A and beta-carotene: spinach, sweet potatoes, carrots, mangoes, broccoli 
  • Vitamin C: red bell peppers, strawberries, citrus fruits, papaya 
  • Vitamin E: almonds, spinach, broccoli 

Vitamin D has also been proven helpful in lung and pneumonia-related issues, however, there are no studies specifically linking vitamin D's efficacy in helping with COVID-19. 

Vitamin D-rich foods: 

  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Cod Liver oil 
  • Canned Tuna 
  • Egg Yolks
  • Mushrooms 

Zinc helps your body fight off invading bacteria and viruses, and your body uses zinc to make proteins. 

Zinc-rich foods: 

  • Oysters
  • Red meat
  • Poultry
  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Seafood
  • Zinc-fortified cereals 

Read: Immunity-Boosting Tips during Coronavirus Social Distancing

Getting exercise, the proper amount of sleep and keeping your stress levels low are also important ways to keep your immune system in good working order. 

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.