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Top 10 Immunity Boosting Foods

August 25, 2014 3 min read

We all hate getting ill, but did you know that there are actually foods that are great for boosting your immune system? Dr Mayur Joshi, Medical Advisor for the Human Health Care division at Probiotics International Ltd (Protexin), manufacturers of Bio-Kult and Lepicol, has suggested 10 foods to add to your diet to boost your immunity, and prevent you catching the dreaded bugs that will soon be rife when the temperature drops. 1. Artichoke A lot of people stay away from artichokes because they look difficult to deal with, but the phytonutrients and antioxidants in artichokes work "together to support effective immune function". If you're unsure how to prepare and eat one just check out the short video above. 2. Raspberries [caption id="attachment_53305" align="alignnone" width="445"]Image credit: http://www.grannynet.co.uk/recipes/raspberry-muffins/ Image credit: http://www.grannynet.co.uk/recipes/raspberry-muffins/[/caption]   Raspberries taste delicious, and as if that's not a good enough reason to eat them - Dr Mayur Joshi suggests to, "Pick local berries and fruits mid-summer, they are said to be rich in vitamin C & E and full of antioxidants to build the immune system up before the winter months." 3. Yoghurt
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"Traditional fermented foods such as yoghurt have been used for centuries to help keep a balanced gut flora to support the majority of immune cells located there. An alternative is taking a modern multi-strain probiotic supplement such as Bio-Kult before meals." Why not mix yoghurt with raspberries and have a double whammy immunity boosting snack? 4. Avocados
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As if you need any more reasons to eat avocados - they're great for weight loss, filling and they taste delicious! Dr Mayur Joshi gives us another reason though - "Essential fatty acid intake found in avocados helps to support a healthy inflammatory response."   5. Legumes
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Beans, peas and lentils are great for keeping you full, and preventing snacking - not all are gluten-free, but there are plenty that are safe for a gluten-free diet. "Good quality protein sources such as legumes are the building blocks for many immune cells."   6. Oysters
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We all think of an aphrodisiac when we think of oysters, but "Beta-glucans found in oysters are now widely discussed to support healthy immunity" - so you can improve your love life and your immune system at the same time!? Perfect!   7. Mushrooms
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Dr Mayur Joshi explains, "Dietary nucleotides found in mushrooms as well as meat and fish are building blocks for DNA and RNA synthesis now known to support the production and function of immune cells." Try adding mushrooms to your meals to help fight off any bugs.   8. Sage
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It might sound crazy, but Dr Mayur Joshi says, "Culinary herbs in cooking, such as sage, are reputed to have immune boosting benefits." As if we needed any more reasons to season our food! 9. Natural sugar alternative
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This is great for if you are trying to steer clear of those nasty artificial sweeteners - "Using a natural sugar alternative to minimise intake of processed sugar and refined carbohydrates that are said to suppress the immune system and feed bad bacteria in the gut. A new one on the market is palmyra jaggery from Conscious Food."   10. Garlic
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Garlic adds so much flavour to your meals - it's delicious and affordable - but best of all, it's a great immunity booster. "Used for centuries as a natural antimicrobial to fight infections.  Cook lightly to retain the active ingredient allicin." Featured image credit: http://www.healthtipspedia.com/immune-boosting-the-most-effective-immune-boosting-techniques/ For more articles like this follow my blog.

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