The immune system plays an important role in defending the body against disease, including infectious diseases that are common in late fall and winter. It intervenes throughout the body and drives out bacteria, viruses, fungi and other germs. The body’s immune defense must therefore act quickly to prevent the entry of foreign bodies or eliminate them. Nature has planned everything to help us, here are 6 foods to include in your daily menu to strengthen your immunity. Luckily, some of these foods are seasonal foods.
Broccoli is a food rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, B9, E and D. It boosts immunity and helps fight viruses and colds. To allow this vegetable to retain all its properties, it is best to choose it very fresh and to favor short cooking or steaming. Broccoli also contains gluconisolates, after digestion they are transformed into sulforaphanes which act as antibacterial agents.
A provider of vitamins B3 and B6, chicken provides energy and helps strengthen the immune system. Vitamin B6, also called pyridoxine, plays an essential role in the production of antibodies and helps maintain the health of mucous membranes. It is speculated that this vitamin may also block inflammatory proteins called cytokines. Do not hesitate to prepare a chicken soup, particularly indicated in case of colds, colds or flu.
Ginger has toning properties. It stimulates the immune defense and is an effective remedy against fatigue and viruses. For colds, coughs or chills, you can prepare ginger tea with honey and lemon. All you have to do is take boiling water, add the slices of ginger, leave to infuse for a few minutes before adding the juice of half a lemon and a teaspoon of honey.
Leeks have a high vitamin A content. This vitamin could help strengthen the barriers against germs while keeping the skin and mucous membranes healthy. This vegetable also contains many antioxidants and vitamin C, compounds that stimulate the immune system. When you buy leeks, choose fresh products, with very green leaves and a firm, fleshy and straight stem.
Mushrooms are rich in beta-glucans, molecules that help strengthen immunity and which act favorably on macrophages, key cells of the immune system. White mushrooms contain vitamin D, an organic substance involved in cell maturation, including those that defend the body against disease and infection. There is also a champion variety native to Asia, the shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes), known for its antioxidant and anti-microbial properties. Research has shown that this strain may help improve immune function.
Wheat germ can help boost immunity because it contains zinc, a mineral that boosts immune defense. Zinc is also found in red meats, oysters and cereals. It is recommended to consume a teaspoon of wheat germ every day.