Part 2: Top Immune-Boosting Foods

top immune-boosting foods

In Part 1: Top Immune-Boosting Foods, foods like larch, elderberry, garlic, yogurt, oregano oil, cruciferous vegetables, and pomegranate were discussed, including creating healthy eating and living habits in order to reduce stress and increase your health. Next, I will go into my very favorites of the top immune-boosting foods, for your heart, and for immunity in general.

Top immune-boosting foods for your heart

Pumpkin seeds, which have a substantial amount of magnesium, may help reduce blood pressure as well as risk for stroke or heart attacks.

Oatmeal contains a soluble fiber, which reduces dangerous LDL cholesterol (i.e. “bad cholesterol”). Improving your overall health helps your immune system work less hard.

Top immune-boosting foods – super foods

Raw almonds (with or without skin) are a superfood that helps your body fight stress. ¼ of a cup has almost half of the daily recommended serving of vitamin E, which enhances the immune system, not including the niacin, riboflavin, and B vitamins that it brings to reduce stress.

Another super food is raw spinach. As one of the top immune-boosting foods, spinach is rich in nutrients, especially folate, which helps in the production of new cells and repairs your DNA. Furthermore, it has antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C, among other things.

Acai berry, another super food (like blueberries), is extremely high in antioxidants called anthocyanins. This may help your body fight disease, and even aging. Acai is often found in juices, smoothies, dried, or even mixed in granola.

Top immune-boosting foods for immunity

Medicinal mushrooms, which can include more exotic types of mushrooms such as reishi, cordyceps, or maitake, or even more commonly found mushrooms in Asian food stores, health food stores, or regular grocery stores, such as enoki, shiitake, crimini/portabella, oyster mushrooms, or even white button mushrooms. They are not only anti-viral, but also antibacterial, anti-tumor, anti-cancer, and have the insoluble fiber (not soluble fiber like oats) that triggers a strong immune response in your gut, which wards off colds, flu, and other diseases*.

*Note—Mushrooms are one of my favorite of the top immune-boosting foods for enhancing the immune system. I personally take mushroom supplements daily and simply do not get sick anymore unless I find myself super stressed or lacking in sleep, in which case I take extra mushrooms for a while, sleep more, eat healthier, and do things to de-stress.

Oysters, nature’s own natural aphrodisiac and immune booster, works because it makes you feel well due to the high amounts of zinc that are naturally occurring. It appears to be antiviral as well, and helps heal wounds, but it can ward off a cold as easily as any zinc lozenges you can buy over the counter, or possibly even better.

There are, of course, other fantastic foods that could be considered some of the top immune-boosting foods, but these are some of my favorites and are well known for their ability to promote health and wellbeing with their amazing health benefits.

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References:

http://www.health.harvard.edu/flu-resource-center/how-to-boost-your-immune-system.htm

http://www.doctoroz.com/slideshow/boost-your-immunity-naturally?gallery=true

http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/ss/slideshow-immune-foods

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