Top 5 immune boosters:
Echinacea: This herb is renowned for its excellent immune boosting properties. This herb is a great all-rounder with anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
Garlic: This is probably one of the best immune boosting and flu-fighting foods. It contains allicin which is a substance that has anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It also acts as an antioxidant. Research shows that taking a garlic supplement or adding a clove of garlic to your daily diet could help prevent and shorten the duration of infections.
Vitamin C: Found in citrus fruits, berries, strawberries, broccoli, sweet potatoes, carrots and dark green leafy vegetables. This is unquestionably the most powerful immune boosting nutrient. It helps immune cells to mature, improves the performance of antibodies and it has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties as well as able to destroy toxins produced by bacteria. It is also a natural anti-histamine.
Quercetin: Found in apples, onions and tomatoes, helps to fight viruses and stop them replicating. Especially useful in easing sinus and chest infections caused by colds, flu and allergies.
Zinc: Found in foods such as seafood, poultry, lean meat, whole grains and pumpkin seeds. It is an antioxidant vital in the production of antibodies that maintain the immune system and fight infection.
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