When flu or allergy seasons are around our immune system is under constant stress, and might need an extra hand to cope with all the pathogens. Here's a list of essential foods containing elements that are sure to boost your immunity. Of course besides these, multi-vitamins should be your daily ritual, because I'm sure none of us get all the essential vitamins and minerals from what we eat.
Zinc is responsible for skin condition, the immune system and mucous membranes functioning properly. It's naturally found in oysters, several types of meat, beans, yogurt, cheese and fish it is a vital addition to any diet.
Carotenoids help the production of cells fighting infections and are also powerful antioxidants
They can be found in pretty much all orange/red carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, papaya, and sweet potatoes.
Bioflavonoids are vital in protecting our body from environmental pollutants as well as help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by fighting cholesterol. They are found in red bell peppers, green tea, strawberries, spinach, citrus fruits, garlic, broccoli, tropical fruits and Brussels sprouts among other foods.
Selenium is a mineral present in tuna, lobster, shrimp, red snapper, whole grains, brown rice, chicken, sunflower seeds, lamb chops and some vegetables. It's responsible for boosting the production of natural killer cells.
Garlic boosts the production of white blood cells. It's especially important to consume it during winter.
Omega-3 fatty acids help produce white blood cells, therefore boosting the immune system. You can find them in flax oil and some types of fatty fish like tuna, salmon and mackerel.