Immune-boosting foods proven to reduce your risk of infection

As COVID-19 test kits reach key areas across the country and opportunities to be tested rise, the world eagerly waits as health experts explore possible cures and develop vaccines for future protection. A proven and effective way to toughen your immune system includes a nutritious diet filled with nutrients your system relies on.

Although you’re likely familiar with the many letters paired with “vitamin” like K, D, and C its doubly important to know what food sources provide your body with these immune system essentials. In a recent article reported by CNN Health, they breakdown the key foods, preparation methods, and boosting effects they play in improving health.

Some of the immune-boosting staples include:

Nutrient

Food Source

Effect

Vitamin C

Grapefruit, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kiwi

Increases antibody levels for best protection

Vitamin D

Tofu, cheese, canned salmon, mushrooms

Reduces & kills spread of bacteria/viruses

Zinc

Chickpeas, seeds, beef, yogurt, wheat germ

Immune system cell growth

Beta Carotene

Mangoes, sweet potatoes, squash, apricots, carrots

Supports response to toxins and foreign agents

Protein

Lentils and beans, cottage cheese, poultry, chickpeas

Critical building block for immune cells

To learn more about these, and other immune boosting foods, visit CNN Health.

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