During this pandemic, people are looking for special foods or dietary supplements to support our immune system and prevent illness. No one was to get sick. The immune system is complex and there is a lot to learn about the immune response. Not one specific food or dietary supplement will prevent us from getting sick.
However, there are different ways to keep your immune system strong such as eating nutrient-rich foods like fruits and vegetables, getting enough sleep, exercising, destressing, washing hands often, and not smoking. This post will focus on eating nutrient-rich foods that support a functioning immune system. These nutrient-rich foods are high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc.
Vitamin A is known as an anti-inflammation vitamin because of its critical role in enhancing immune function.
- Foods high in vitamin A: Sweet Potato, Carrots, Tuna, Butternut Squash, Spinach
Vitamin C is an antioxidant and contributes to immune defense by supporting various cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune systems.
- Foods high in vitamin C: Kiwi, Bell Peppers, Strawberries, Oranges, Broccoli
Vitamin D keeps the immune system balanced.
- Foods high in vitamin D: Salmon, Mushrooms, Fortified Milk or Milk Substitutes, Tuna, Eggs
Zinc helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses.
- Foods high in Zinc: Oyster, Beef, Firm Tofu, Pumpkin Seeds, Lentils, Yogurt, Gluten-Free Oatmeal
Add these foods to your grocery list and your meals to help strengthen your immune defense. Stay safe and well!