The immune system is vital for our survival. The immune system is a community or network of cells that fight foreign invaders to prevent their entry into our body. These invaders are for example microbes, fungi and bacteria. Invaders cause infections that can lead to severe illness. This link shows how our body contracts a flu and how our immune system fights back. The video is entitled ‘Flu attack! How a virus invades your body‘ by NPR’s Robert Kurlwich and David Bolinsky.
Image of white blood cells or leukocytes in a blood vessel. White blood cells help fight foreign invaders in the body.
Foods that build the immune system:
- Red bell Peppers: A great source of vitamin A, C and a host of antioxidant. Red Bell Peppers also include anti-inflammatory properties which alleviate sinuses. Remarkably, red bell peppers contain beta carotene to nourish eyes and skin, vitamin A and C. This pepper has 1.5 times more vitamin C, 8 times more vitamin A and 11 times more beta carotene than green peppers.
- Garlic: Garlic is an excellent source of manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, sulfur and copper. In addition, garlic is filled with selenium, phosphorous, vitamin B1 and Calcium. Garlic has components like diallyl disulfides (DADS) to reduce the risk of stomach cancer(gastric cancer). It is an allium vegetable. Allium vegetables have enzymes that are converted from alliin to allicin. This gives garlic its immune system boosting qualities.
- Turmeric: Turmeric has been proven to treat or reduce the risk of cancers. Turmeric contains an enzyme called curcumin. Curcumin prevents colorectal cancer. A study of 44 men with colon lesion shows that after consuming 4 grams a day of curcumin for 30 days, lesions reduced by 40%.
- Almonds: Contains vitamin E to nourish the skin or integumentary layer. The skin is the body’s first defense against infections thus the immune system’s first response. Vitamin E in almond is also an antioxidant. It keeps vitamins from oxidizing and degrading. This is referred to as the “big brother” effect.
Citrus fruits, Broccoli, Spinach, Yogurt, Green tea, Papaya, Kiwi, Poultry, Sunflower seeds, Shell fish(crab, clams, lobster, mussels)
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