Virus fighting nutrition
Keeping your immunity in good shape is a smart idea. It doesn’t need to be flu season or virus pandemic to give your immune system a boost.
There are foods that we commonly referred to as “superfoods”. These foods have been shown to provide your body with the necessary vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Many of these foods are included in the nutrition tips list below, originally compiled by medical examiner, Dr Anastasios Giakoumis, MD PhD for the Thalassemia International Federation (TIF). Helpful nutrition tips that can possibly boost our defenses against viruses.
- Citrus fruits and fresh squeezed citrus juice – rich in hesperidin, a bioflavonoid which appears to inhibit the activity of successive virus divisions
- Dark grapes, berries and cinnamon – rich in procyanidins and lectins, which appear to block the attachment of the virus to the lungs through the enzyme ACE2
- Celery, broccoli, cauliflower, green peppers, parsley, dandelion, carrots, olive oil, mint and rosemary, with the same beneficial mechanism of action as above
- Legumes, seeds and nuts – natural source of zinc, which is proven to support the immune system
- Green tea and chamomile – contain the natural antioxidant catechin
- Sardine and mackerel, in which omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D are abundant 8. Probiotics (lactobacilli and bifidobacteria) and echinacea (purple coneflower) have been shown to benefit the body against viruses. It is recommended that you consult your primary care physician before taking them.
SWEET P FOOD FACT: Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A which helps protect skin and immunity by preventing the entrance of bacteria and virus (SOURCE: https://www.theactivetimes.com/healthy-living/surprising-foods-can-prevent-cold-and-flu/slide-3).
Yours in healthy – Dr. V
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