16 June 2016
With the rainy season underway, the occurrence of cold and flu is inevitable but can be prevented.
The body gives in to illnesses when the immune system is compromised and as always, prevention is better than cure.
Luckily, there are fruits and vegetables that possess immune-boosting properties and can help prevent cold and flu this season.
Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes owe their almost orange colour to beta-carotene, an antioxidant that the body converts into Vitamin A, an essential nutrient for fighting against disease. Sweet potatoes are identified as one of the best fresh sources of immunity-boosting properties out there.
Mushrooms: Mushrooms are arguably one of the best vegetarian foods for preventing and fighting diseases. According to a study, mushrooms help with the maturation of white blood cells, which are known as body soldiers.
Oats and Barley: These grains contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities more potent than echinacea, reports a Norwegian study. When animals eat this compound, they’re less likely to contract influenza, herpes, even anthrax; in humans, it boosts immunity, speeds wound healing, and may help antibiotics work better.
Watermelon: Watermelon in its ripe state has a lot of the antioxidant called glutathione. It strengthens the immune system so it can fight infection. Getting the most of glutathione is best by consuming the red pulpy flesh near the rind.
Tea: You can choose from a range of white, green or black tea. Apart from the warmth you derive, they deliver disease fighting polyphenols and flavonoids. These antioxidants seek out intruders and destroy them.