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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Top Foods To Protect Your Immune System From Colds and the Flu

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Colds and the flu don't happen just during the cold winter months. They can occur anytime. If you or someone in your family seems to catch every virus, the problem may be just a nutrient deficiency. Here are some food recommendations that can help increase the body's immune system and ability to fight off diseases:

Protein - foods rich in protein include fish and other seafood, lean meat, poultry, eggs, beans and peas, soy products and unsalted nuts and seeds.

Vitamin A - boosts the immune system and is also good for the stomach, lungs and intestines. Foods rich in vitamin A include sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach and red bell peppers.

Vitamin C - this is no surprise as vitamin C is commonly known by many people to help boost the immune system. Vitamin C can be found in fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, strawberries and tangerines.

Vitamin E - is an antioxidant that, basically, prevents damage to the body's cells and tissue, prevents disease, boosts the immune system, and some believe it even contains anti-aging properties. Vitamin E can be fund in spinach, sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, and even peanut butter.

Zinc - is a nutrient found in every tissue of the body. It not only increases the immune system, but it also is a powerful antioxidant, helping to prevent cancer. Zinc is found in lean beef, wheat germ, crab, wheat bran, sunflower seeds, black-eyed peas, almonds, milk and tofu.
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