Boost your immunity for flu season by eating these four superfoods regularly

Boost your immunity for flu season by eating these four superfoods regularly

NaturalNews) Another cold and flu season is upon us and you’re probably  contemplating whether or not to get that flu shot. Whether your do or not, you  should know that there are a couple of “superfoods” you could add to your diet  that will substantially reduce your chances of getting sick this  season.

Garlic – it’s not just for making your meals taste  better. Practicing good habits all year long is, of course, the best thing  to do for your health, but this time of year holds special concern because, as  our kids go back to school and the weather turns cooler in most of the country,  our bodies are more susceptible to disease. “This is an ideal time to commit  yourself to practices like yoga, meditation, healthy nutrition, restorative  sleep and the use of herbs and supplements,” said Karen Koffler, MD, director of  Integrative Medicine at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, near Chicago,  according to Natural Life Magazine. These healthy habits can strengthen  your immune system and reduce stress.

One of those herbs should be  garlic. According to Natural Life, garlic “has been nicknamed ‘Russian  penicillin,’ due to its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-yeast  properties.”

“One of the best immune-system helpers is garlic,” writes  herbalist Susun Weed, adding that experts say “it contains at least 17 different  factors that nourish and support powerful immune system  functioning.”

Obviously cooking with fresh garlic or minced garlic in a  jar is one way to boost consumption of this flu fighter, but if you’re not a fan  you can always revert to enteric-coated garlic tablets as a  supplement.

Have some tea. Some green tea. One of the superfoods you should incorporate into your flu-fighting diet is green tea. Prof. Rachel  Johnson, Ph.D, M.P.H., R.D., writing for EatingWell.com, says, “My  colleague Mingruo Guo, Ph.D., a professor of food science at the University of  Vermont and an authority on the immune-boosting potential of foods, always has a  pot of green tea brewing. He drinks five to six cups a day, convinced that it  has immune-enhancing effects along with other health benefits.”

She goes on to mention research which indicates that a certain  kind of polyphenols called catechins, which are contained in green tea, may kill  influenza viruses.

Citing researchers in Canada and South Korea,  Cooking Light magazine noted, “Green tea is a rich source of a type of  antioxidant called a catechin, and preliminary research has found that a  specific catechin — epigallocatechin gallate (egcg) — may give the beverage  antigen-fighting abilities.”

Have another helping of blueberries. Sweet and delicious, blueberries also have a strong antioxidant effect on the  body, which helps to boost the immune system. “Fresh berries are packed with vital nutrients, such as  antioxidants, that are important to good health,” says berry producer  Driscoll’s. “Antioxidants are found in foods such as strawberries, blueberries,  raspberries and blackberries, and they help to protect our cells from harm  caused by free-radicals, or molecules responsible for aging and certain  diseases.”

A sales pitch? Hardly.

“Based on data from the USDA  Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (Boston, MA), blueberries are among  the fruits with the highest antioxidant activity,” writes health guru Monique  Roy, for Yahoo!. “Using a test called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance  Capacity), researchers have shown that a serving of fresh blueberries provides  more antioxidant activity than many other fresh fruits and  vegetables.”

Get some raw honey – Just don’t get stung. What makes  raw honey so good for you – and such a powerful flu fighter – is that it’s packed with nutrients. Raw honey contains “22 amino  acids, 27 minerals, a full-range of vitamins, and 5,000 live enzymes,” says  Applied Health Journal.

“Focusing on the cold season, studies have  shown honey is more effective at treating cough symptoms than OTC cough  medications,” says the magazine, adding a warning: “Please note that raw honey  should not be given to children under one-year-old, due to a possible botulinum  toxin, also known as the base for Botox, which can be easily resisted by older  children and adults.”

Sources:

http://www.naturallifemagazine.com/0502/flu.htm

http://botanical.com/site/column_susun/susun_flu_season.html

http://www.eatingwell.com

http://www.driscolls.com/healthy/berry-health-benefits.php

http://voices.yahoo.com/ward-off-colds-flu-season-675451.html

http://www.appliedhealth.com/post/raw-honey-remedies/

Learn more:  http://www.naturalnews.com/042389_superfoods_flu_season_immune_boost.html#ixzz2hDEAngE6

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