5 Foods to Naturally Enhance Immunity.

Did you Know that 1 cup of lentils provides 37% of your daily iron intake? And 49% of RDI of manganese?

There are certain vitamins and minerals that enhance the body’s ability to fight off infection. We all probably know about Vitamin C and A by now.

However, there are a few other vitamins and minerals that certainly lend a very important helping hand. Vitamin B6 helps in the production of red blood cells, which carries oxygen to the tissues, and supports biochemical reactions in the immune system. Consuming enough B-vitamin complex assists in improving and maintaining cell health, enhancing red blood cell production, and boosting energy levels and cardiovascular health.

Vitamin E supports your immune system by aiding in the production of T-cells. T cells focus on specific foreign particles that enter our body. Instead of broadly attacking any antigens that enter, T cells circulate until they encounter their specific antigen. Which is why T cells play a critical part in immunity to foreign substances.

However, it is the minerals that are commonly found in certain plant-based foods that secretly work on the cells to boost antibody production as well as reduce the incidences of a cytokine storm – the overload of the inflammatory response to the invasion of a virus.

Zinc, selenium, iron and magnesium are some of the most crucial minerals for immunity. Zinc decreases pro-inflammatory cytokines, increases T-cells, and improves receptor expression. Along with antioxidant Vitamin E, selenium works on a number of pathways to increase T-cells and reduce infections and flu-like symptoms leading to hospitalization. Magnesium works in conjunction with Vitamin D to improve immune cell activity and reduce inflammation. And iron ensures non-specific immunity is working top speed as your first line of defence.

And the reliable manganese jumps on in as an assistor/cofactor mineral to ensure your body utilizes all these vitamins and minerals efficiently.

Let’s look at 5 foods that are fantastic sources of these vital minerals and vitamins.

These 5 Foods are delicious to add to stir-frys, salads, or to roast up for an immunity-boosting snack! I would love to hear how you like these foods. And are you surprised by any of these top immunity boosters?

Published by sharlene25

Sharlene Almond is the author of the genre-bending Annabella Cordova series, and a New Zealand travel book Journey in little Paradise. She has written a range of health, writing and body language articles; contributing as a guest writer on other blogs. Over the last ten years, Sharlene has attained qualifications in Body Language, Criminology, Journalism, Editing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Pet Care, and Animal Behaviour. While setting up an online nutritional business, she is studying to specialize in Medicinal Cannabis and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sharlene is also currently editing her second Annabella Cordova novel, with two others in the works. To support her online business, Sharlene sends out a trimonthly newsletter covering health, body language, writing, and even articles centered on health topics for your pet.

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