Weekly Health Tip: Immune System Foods

Keep yourself from getting sick during the wintertime by eating these nutritious foods. Not only are they good for you, but they help to boost your immune system and protect you from nasty infections!

  • Spinach and Leafy Greens: High in folate and iron.  Deficiency of folic acid results in a decreased immune response.  Popeye had the right idea!
  • Carrots: Contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant, which can increase your T-cells & white blood cells. Antioxidants help slow down and repair damage to your body.  Eat fruits and vegetables for lots of antioxidants!
  • Yogurt: Contains riboflavin.  A deficiency results in decreased antibody response.  Other foods high in riboflavin are beef, poultry, and cereal.
  • Fish: Contain selenium, vitamin D, and vitamins B-6 and B-12).  A deficiency decreases functioning of neutrophils and T-cells, essential to your immune system.  Vitamin D supports bone health as well!  Eat orange roughy, tunafish, halibut, salmon, & rainbow trout.

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