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Foods that Fight Flu?

Jan 10, 2011 07:52PM ● Published by Anonymous

Below is a list of:

Whey Protein––while whey protein is popular among the bodybuilding crowd, did you know that it is important for your immune system? In fact, whey is the only protein that contains powerful substances called immunoglobulins or immune peptides that play a vital role in keeping your immune system ready for action.

Cultured Yogurt
––look for the yogurts that contain important active cultures. The active cultures represent the class of “friendly bacteria” (aka probiotics) that line the entire intestinal tract. Since your intestinal tract is the largest immune organ in the body, probiotics play a vital role in immune response, act as natural antibiotics, and help fend off the bad bugs that keep you sick.

Mushrooms
––once thought to be nutrient void, a good deal of research has brought new life to mushrooms. Identification of naturally occurring antiviral constituents called polysaccharides are found in most varieties that have the ability to support healthy immune response as well.

Elderberry––cooked to make jam, syrup or mixed with cranberry for a special cranberry sauce, these berries have been shown to prevent the replication of the flu virus and a few studies have shown that it may help you recover quicker from the flu.

Garlic
––use it judiciously in your meals as it contains several potent constituents, such as allicin, that have proven antimicrobial effects. Warding off some of the nasty bugs we are exposed to using garlic can help prevent the onset and keep your resistance strong.

Oats––also popular for their cholesterol lowering effects; constituents called beta glucans found in oats are powerful immune regulating compounds that have been studied with positive effects in animals and humans.

Honorable mentions go to…Fish for the omega 3’s, Nuts for zinc and selenium, Sweet Potatoes for beta carotene and citrus fruits for vitamin C—all important players to keep your immune system ready for battle!

“One of the most biologically complex systems in the body is our own immune system as it relates to every other system in the body. At the most basic level, the function of the immune system is to protect us from the harmful effects of noxious agents including bacteria, viruses, environmental contaminants and a whole host of toxic products we deal with from exposure to various stressors on a day to day basic—from disease to strenuous exercise. With the help of daily exercise, healthy diet, supplements, being hydrated and getting adequate rest, you can provide for a potent arsenal to prevent the flu. Another healthy tip that can never be said enough? Don’t forget to wash your hands frequently!” — Carl Germano.

 

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