Looking For Immunity Boosters? Try These 7 Superfoods

Besides improving immunity, superfoods boost metabolism

Winter is that time of year when we tend to catch the flu and cold relatively easily. Winter is known to exacerbate some health conditions such as arthritis and skin problems. It can also slow down the metabolism. But this season is notorious for an increase in viral infections. There are ways to stay ahead of the curve and beat seasonal infections. By boosting immunity. how to do that? Nutrition experts advise increasing our intake of superfoods that provide us with vital nutrients, including infection-fighting vitamins.

What are these superfoods we should be eating, especially during winter? Below is a list of these foods.

1. Garlic

Garlic, which comes with multiple health benefits, is traditionally used in cooking in Indian homes. Eating garlic regularly can prevent cognitive damage, strengthen immunity and help prevent various types of cancers. It carries a compound called alliin which is responsible for its distinctive taste and aroma. This compound is especially useful in fighting cold and flu.

2. Ginger

Ginger has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps clear sore throats during winter and has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. It also helps with digestion and nausea.

3. Spinach

Mostly available in winter, spinach is a great source of magnesium that is essential for metabolism and maintaining muscle and nerve function. This nutritious, leafy, green plant also takes care of the heart. It is rich in beta-carotene, antioxidants, and vitamin C.

4. Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, and kiwis are rich in vitamin C, which is necessary to strengthen the immune system. Vitamin C also helps in the development of white blood cells to fight off viral infections when they find a place in our bodies. It is also found in grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, and limes.

5. Yogurt or curd

Besides improving immunity, it boosts metabolism. You can eat it plain or sweeten it with sugar and fruits at home. Avoid processed or flavored yogurts available in the market. It is rich in vitamins and minerals and also carries Lactobacillus which removes pathogens from the body.

6. Raw honey

Honey, again, has been used in Indian homes throughout the ages. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Honey helps to avoid throat infections and bronchial asthma.

7. Papaya

Papaya is extremely rich in Vitamin C. The readily available fruit also contains a digestive enzyme called papain that helps reduce inflammation and regenerate red blood cells.

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