10 FOOD FOR BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY – HOW TO BOOST IMMUNITY NATURAL
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Your immune system is your body’s “defense team.” This well-organized group is constantly at work defending your body against bacteria, viruses, parasites and other invaders. Even when you sleep, your immune system is awake and always alert. Just as every organ, tissue and cell needs energy to support their function, so do the cells and tissues that make up your immune system – and it comes from the food you eat and the supplements you take. So it’s no surprise that what you eat affects how well your immune system does its job. What role does nutrition play in immune health?
Deficiencies in specific nutrients have been associated with worsening immune function. When you do not consume enough of the antioxidant vitamins, vitamins A, C and E throughout the diet, immune cells are more prone to damage due to oxidative stress. Adequate amounts of B vitamins, especially vitamins B6 and B12, are also important for healthy immune function. With regard to minerals, deficiencies in iron, zinc and selenium are most strongly associated with a healthy immune function. The immune function decreases with age, which may be partly due to the fact that the elderly eat less and may avoid getting sufficient amounts of the vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy immune function.