Immune-Strengthening Food

Monday, July 20, 2020

By Marilyn Crawford

If you have low immunity or just want to reinforce your immune system, food can play a part in your defense. Did you know that eating foods like citrus fruits, almonds, red bell peppers, carrots, garlic, and yogurt can help strengthen your immune system and that foods with processed sugar and or too much salt can weaken it? Did you also know that alcohol consumption, beyond moderate consumption, compromises the immune system?

Cynthia Sass states in her article in the special Health edition, IMMUNITY (Meredith Publications), 15 Healthy Foods A Nutritionist Recommends, “One of the most important ways to stay healthy is to adopt habits that strengthen immunity.” Vitamin C is well known for supporting your immune system, but did you know that Vitamin E also plays a role? 

MedlinePlus states that vitamins are substances that your body needs to grow and develop normally. Vitamin E is an antioxidant. It plays a role in your immune system and metabolic processes.

Good sources of vitamin E include

- Vegetable oils

- Margarine

- Nuts and seeds

- Leafy greens

Talk to your doctor or dietician to determine if you are getting all the vitamins and minerals you need from your diet to support a healthy immune system.