Monday, February 28, 2011

Immune Boosting Foods

Strawberries- Compared to other berries, strawberries have the most vitamin C.  Consuming 1 cup will provide 50% more vitamin C than the daily recommended amount.  Vitamin C increases the production of white blood cells which are important for immunity to colds and other viruses.  It also increases collagen production which is necessary for maintaining healthy skin.

Kifer - Kifer is full of live probiotic bacteria.  It is made by inoculating milk with a mixture of yeasts and bacteria.  Yeasts and bacteria enjoy living in the intestines where they alter the pH to a level that is unfavorable to harmful microbes.  Kifer is different that yogurt.  Kifer is made with milk, yeast and bacteria while yogurt is made with milk and bacteria.  Kifer is the preferred product according to your intestines.

Kale - Kale is preferred over other orange vegetables because it is a richer source of beta carotene and has high levels of vitamin C.  The body converts beta carotene to vitamin A which helps increase white blood cell production.  Vitamin A also lines the respiratory and digestive tracts where defense begins against pathogens.

Oats - Oats contain the components of zinc and  beta-glucan.  Putting these two together creates an active immune fighting agent.  Steel cut oats are the best over old fashioned rolled oats.

Almond Butter - Almond butter packs in more vitamin E than peanut butter.  Vitamin E is necessary for normal functioning of the white blood cells.  Almond Butter is also a good source of monounsaturated fat.

Beans - Beans are a source of protein that is high in soluble fiber.  The University of Illinois scientists found beans increase the production of anti-inflammatory protein that strengthens the immune system.  Beans also contain flolate and Vitamin B which also boost the production of new immune cells.

Matcha - This is a japanese tea.  Matcha contains high levels of catechins which studies have shown can help halt the replication of influenze viruses.

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