It’s November, which means pesky colds and flu will start to grace households all over the Northern Hemisphere. It’s important at this time to boost our immune systems to give ourselves the greatest chance of fighting of cold and flu viruses, or better yet, avoiding them all together. The following are some foods you may not have thought about which are perfect for boosting the immune system:
Yogurt is delicious when you add fruit or honey, or even as a side dish to go along with spicy food. On top of this, it packs in a huge dose of healthy bacteria that protect the body against harmful bacteria and infections.
These good bacteria are called probiotics, and research shows that eating lots of probiotics leads to an improved immune response by increasing the body’s white blood cell count. Probiotics are only found in special yoghurts with live cultures, so be selective in the yoghurts you buy.
Believe it or not, this rich spice has been used the world over for centuries as part of traditional medicine. Turmeric is found in all yellow curries, and the reason it is gold is because it is the color of curcumin, and polyphenol that has strong cold and flu busting properties.
Turmeric is a bit of mystery, but in a 2008 study it was found that curcumin prevents some immune cells from responding to stimulants, and so it has anti-inflammatory effects.
Garlic is almost a super food, being that is has a lot of amazing effects. It has useful properties not just in the culinary arts but the medical world too. It has huge immune boosting properties. These come from its sulfur containing compounds, which also give the garlic bulb its famous aroma. The compounds within garlic are effective against bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections, as well as having anti-tumor and antioxidant features while boosting the immune system in general.