In this post I would like to share some information on key nutrients that play a role in immunity, and food sources of them:
Beta Carotene – carrots, apricots, sweet potatoes, mangoes, spinach, kale, broccoli, squash, cantaloupe.
Beta carotene gets converted to vitamin A, which is essential for a strong immune system. It works by helping antibodies respond to toxins and foreign substances.
Vitamin C – oranges, strawberries, broccoli, grapefruit, kiwi, Brussels sprouts, red and green peppers, cooked cabbage, cauliflower.
Vitamin C increases blood levels of antibodies and helps to differentiate white blood cells, which helps the body determine what kind of protection is needed.
Vitamin D – eggs, fortified milk, fortified juice, cheese, tofu, fatty fish, including canned fish like salmon and sardines.
Vitamin D regulates the production of a protein that kills infectious agents, including bacteria and viruses. And while there is no evidence to prove that vitamin D supplements will protect you from coronavirus, it’s wise to consider a D supplement if you feel you are not getting enough of this important vitamin, which can be measured by a blood test.
Zinc – beans, chickpeas, lentils, tofu, nuts, seeds, wheat germ, cereal, seafood like oysters (including canned), crab, lobster, beef, pork chop, dark meat poultry and yogurt.
Zinc helps cells in your immune system grow and differentiate.
Hope this helps, be safe!
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