- Posted October 9, 2013 by
Boosting your Immunity on Flu Season with Superfoods
Another cold and flu season is upon us and you're probably contemplating whether or not to get that flu shot. Whether your do or not, you should know that there are a couple of "superfoods" you could add to your diet that will substantially reduce your chances of getting sick this season. You can make some easy recipes to combat flu
It's not just for making your meals taste better. Practicing good habits all year long is, of course, the best thing to do for your health, but this time of year holds special concern because, as our kids go back to school and the weather turns cooler in most of the country, our bodies are more susceptible to disease.
One of the superfoods you should incorporate into your flu-fighting diet is green tea. My colleague Mingruo Guo, Ph.D., a professor of food science at the University of Vermont and an authority on the immune-boosting potential of foods, always has a pot of green tea brewing. He drinks five to six cups a day, convinced that it has immune-enhancing effects along with other health benefits.
Citing researchers in Canada and South Korea, Cooking Light magazine noted, "Green tea is a rich source of a type of antioxidant called a catechin, and preliminary research has found that a specific catechin -- epigallocatechin gallate (egcg) -- may give the beverage antigen-fighting abilities."
Sweet and delicious, blueberries also have a strong antioxidant effect on the body, which helps to boost the immune system. Fresh berries are packed with vital nutrients, such as antioxidants, that are important to good health. Antioxidants are found in foods such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, and they help to protect our cells from harm caused by free-radicals, or molecules responsible for aging and certain diseases. Get some raw honey - Just don't get stung. What makes raw honey so good for you - and such a powerful flu fighter - is that it's packed with nutrients. Raw honey contains "22 amino acids, 27 minerals, a full-range of vitamins, and 5,000 live enzymes,