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May 19, 2020

9 POWERFUL INGREDIENTS THAT WILL STRENGTHEN YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

During this time, many of us are stuck at home.  It’s tempting to hide in a sleeve of Oreos and eat all the junk food we can handle. However, we must try to stay away from emotional eating, and do what we can to nourish the temple that is our body. Here are the top immune-boosting foods so that you can feel more in control of the situation, and less helpless.

 1. Mushrooms

Specifically button mushrooms contain large amounts of essential B vitamins and selenium. These nutrients are paramount for the immune system. They also contain something called polysaccharides, which can make that immune shield stronger than ever. Try grilling or sautéing them to make the most of their rich, meaty flavor. Plant-based subs for the win!

 

2. Citrus

Citrus foods contain vitamin c, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. A vital nutrient that boosts immunity as well as many other body functions. It aids in maintaining overall good health as well as promotes collagen function and manage high blood pressure.

 

3. Olive Leaf

A longed used in traditional medicine, this natural source of wellness with therapeutic properties. It also has antiviral properties that treats the flu and cold sores. O live leaf extract comes from the leaves of the olive tree ( Olea europaea ) and has a variety of health benefits. Research shows  oleuropein, the main component in olive leaf extract, has antioxidant, antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory , and immune-stimulating  properties.

 

4. Turmeric

It has been used in India for thousands of years. This natural anti-inflammatory that helps your body fight foreign invaders and also has a role in repairing damage. Fighting chronic inflammation is important in preventing and even treating these diseases. You've probably found this ingredient in your curry!

5. Garlic

Some people love garlic, and others can’t stand the scent. What we do know is that it’s one of nature’s most effective remedies, and it figures against viruses, funguses, and all types of bad bacteria.  It has been proven to help reduce the severity of viral infections, or the cold.

6. Graviola Leaf

A small evergreen tree. The leaves, fruit, seeds, and stem are used to make medicine. This wonder herb that keeps cells healthy by hunting disease-causing free radicals in the body and destroying them. It is known as a natural remedy for fighting viruses, pain relief, and even some types of cancer.

 

7. Pine Bark

Maritime pine trees grow in countries on the Mediterranean Sea. The bark is used to make medicine. It stimulate the immune system, reduce swelling, prevent infections, and have antioxidant effects. It is also applied to the skin to treat foot ulcers in people with diabetes, hemorrhoids, and mouth ulcers caused by chemotherapy.

 

8. Cat's Claw

Cat’s claw is a popular herbal supplement derived from a tropical vine. It allegedly helps fight a range of ailments, including infections, cancer, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease. A small study in 27 men found that consuming 700 mg of cat's claw extract for 2 months increased their number of white blood cells, which are involved in combating infections.

 

9. Green Tea Extract

Green tea is very important during this time, because drinking hot or warm liquids can help against infection. Antioxidants are found high concentrations in green tea extract! These antioxidants are referred to as polyphenols, while flavonoids do all that essential work on your immune system. Consuming tea can also raise your good cholesterol while combating bad, or LDL cholesterol.