As we approach the winter – and with COVID-19 still near record levels – it’s more important than ever that our immune systems are functioning as well as possible. That’s why we’re sharing these five immune boosters to help keep you healthy:
1. Vitamin A (Beta Carotene). Vitamin A-rich foods like sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli, and red bell peppers help strengthen the intestines and respiratory system.
2. Vitamin C. Vitamin C promotes the formation of antibodies and can be found in citrus fruits, strawberries, red bell pepper and kiwi.
3. Vitamin E. This important nutrient works as an antioxidant as it promotes the neutralization of free radicals. Foods rich in vitamin E include vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and avocado.
4. Zinc. Immune dysfunction has been linked to a deficiency in zinc-dependent enzymes typically found in our bodies. Those with lower levels are encouraged to eat zinc-rich foods like beans, seeds, nuts, meat, poultry, and seafood.
5. Protein. Proteins contain amino acids that are essential for T-cell function in combatting pathogens. Meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, beans, nuts, and seeds all contain high levels of protein.
We encourage everyone to stay as healthy as possible, particularly during the pandemic. That means we should all be eating right, exercising several times per week and following all recommended precautions to avoid contracting COVID-19 or passing the virus to others.