10 Immune Boosting Foods to Include in Your Diet
A strong immune system means a healthy you! Your immune system is your body’s defense mechanism against disease and infection. The food that you put in your body makes a big difference in how well your immune system will function and keep you from getting sick. By including these following immune-boosting foods in your diet, you are setting yourself up to live a healthier, longer, and happy life!
1. “Citrusy” Fruits
These delicious gems are loaded Vitamin C! Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid, and it’s an essential nutrient that helps you build a strong immune system. Vitamin C helps prevent a variety of illnesses, such as the common cold, cardiovascular diseases, eye diseases and can even keep your skin looking young!! Grapefruit, oranges, lemons, limes, tangerines, and mandarins are some of the most common of the wide variety of citrus fruits you can incorporate into your diet.
2. Red Bell Peppers
If you are worried about the sugars in citrus fruits then you should definitely consider red bell peppers! These call for a light and crunchy snack packed with Vitamin C, almost twice as much as citrus fruits do!
When garlic is chopped, crushed or chewed it releases a sulfur-containing compound called Allicin. This compound is known to make a good impact on your immune system combined with all of the antioxidant properties that are found in garlic! Once allicin enters your digestive tract it will travel throughout your entire body and release its incredible biological effects. These effects include fighting infections, lowering your blood pressure, slowing down the hardening of arteries, preventing common colds, and improving your cholesterol levels. Studies have shown that garlic may even help prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia! So yes, garlic is great for many reasons including the amazing flavors it can add to your home-cooked meals!
Other similar foods like garlic are leeks, yellow onions, and green onions.
The cruciferous vegetable family includes; broccoli, kale, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, red & curly cabbage and more! All of these veggies help keep your liver healthy as a horse! Broccoli is extremely rich in vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, and E and is also rich in antioxidants!! Making sure your “greens” game is strong will likely help you make less trips to the doctor’s office!
Quick tip! The more raw and fresh you eat your broccoli, the more benefits & nutrients you will gain!
Curcumin, its active ingredient in turmeric. It is a chemical known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer effects. Studies show that consuming at least 4 grams of curcumin can potentially shrink cancerous lesions! Other illnesses that can be prevented with curcumin include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and metabolic syndrome.
Blueberries contain a type of flavonoid called anthocyanin, which has antioxidant properties. They also taste great making them one of my favorite immune-boosting foods!
Vitamin E is an essential nutrient for a healthy immune system. That’s why nuts are next on this list, they are packed with Vitamin E! Since this particular vitamin is fat-soluble (meaning that they do not dissolve in water like Vitamins A and B), in order to be absorbed properly they require the presence of fats. It’s a win-win situation because nuts are filled with healthy fats! Nuts also contain minerals and nutrients beneficial to your health such as manganese, magnesium, and fiber! Including at least a serving of nuts regularly can certainly be of benefit to your immune system.
8. Aloe Arborescens
Cousin to the famous Aloe vera, Aloe arborescens is well known for its potent medicinal properties, and on average, it is 200% more dense with nutrients than Aloe vera. For centuries, there have been reports on how this plant has healing effects in virtually every system of the body and it’s due to the fact that it has an impressive nutritional profile full of natural compounds that promote healthy cellular functions and revitalize the body to help fight against disease.
Immune Boosting Components found in Aloe:
Food-based plant polysaccharides
8 Essential amino acids
Various forms of lipids
Rare mineral salts, such as Zinc, Manganese, Iron, Germanium, Chromium, Magnesium, Boron, and Selenium.
9. Organic Raw Honey
Honey in its simplest most natural state provides the most beneficial nutrients. The heating and processing of honey strips it of its benefits. Raw honey is packed with immune-boosting antioxidants including Vitamin C, flavonoids, & phenolics. There have been reports that both flavonoids and phenolics prevent dysregulated and aberrant cell-growth because of how they are able to regulate cell-cycles. The antioxidants found in honey are also antibacterial and antifungal and help protect the body from free radicals that contribute to aging and chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Raw honey is also well known to help with digestive issues and even heal a sore throat. It’s no wonder why we pair it with the amazing Aloe Arborescens in our Supreme Immune Health Formula.
10. Bee Pollen
Who would have known that you can consume bee pollen and obtain over 250 biologically active substances that are responsible for a wide array of benefits? These substances include protein, carbs, lipids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants!! Studies have found that honey bee pollen can not only boost your immune system but also help with digestive issues, improve cardiovascular health, create energy and stamina, boost nutrient intake, reduce inflammation, and improve liver health. It’s a must-try superfood that should become a staple in every household. It’s no wonder it’s known as nature’s rich source of complete nutrition. Honey bee pollen can be taken as a dietary supplement and if you are looking to try it out you may want to know that you can now order our Supreme Honeybee Pollen on our website. Our high-quality pollen is sourced from U.S. bees.
Here’s to living a long, happy and healthy life with Immune Boosting Foods!
It’s simple. Making some changes to your diet can help you go a long way! By staying away from processed foods, filled with toxins and chemicals, and incorporating these delicious and healthy whole foods you can essentially change your life for the better! Try incorporating these foods into smoothies, salads, stir-fries, soups and more. You’ll be amazed by how much you will enjoy eating these foods every day and feel great!! Here’s an immune-boosting recipe for you to try!
Supreme Immune Boost Smoothie
½ cup of Frozen Mango
¼ tsp Turmeric
1 tbsp of our Supreme Immune Health Formula
1 cup of Almond Milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
Ice to top it off
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender.
Blend till smooth.