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4 Foods to Boost Your Immune System

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After 2020, it makes sense that many people are looking for ways to boost and care for their immune system. The immune system is the body’s defence against illness and infection, and looking after it can involve a lot of different factors. One of the best natural ways to boost the immune system is something all professionals advise – a healthy diet. Certain foods stand out when it comes to immune care, read on to find 4 foods that boost the immune system.

1. Garlic
Garlic does a lot more than warding off vampires, it’s been used for thousands of years to cure ailments and studies suggest a whole range of immune benefits. Garlic helps your immune system as it contains allicin, which creates over 100 sulfuric compounds. These compounds give white blood cell’s capabilities a boost, improving their ability to fight infections. There is also evidence that garlic supplements do a great job in boosting your immune system. In one study of 146 people, participants taking an actual garlic supplement rather than a placebo were 63% less likely to get a cold, and those that did get a cold experienced symptoms for 70% less time.

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2. Ginger
Ginger has been used in medicine for centuries across the world, and is thought to have a positive impact on the immune system. It can inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, reducing the amount of work the immune system has to do, and contains gingerol, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. If you’re looking for an immune boosting recipe, ginger is the key ingredient in Registered Dietician Sarah Gold’s immune boosting soup, which also features turmeric. Read on to find out more about turmeric’s benefits.

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3. Turmeric
‘Is turmeric good for the immune system?’ is one of the most popular searches on Google for this powerful spice. It’s thought to help people with immune disorders build their defences, and a BBC study found that a small amount of turmeric each day can have a positive impact on the immune system. Turmeric contains curcumin, a prebiotic thought to lower cortisol level and regulate immune hyperactivity. Cortisol is a stress hormone, and isn’t a problem on its own, but our stressful lives mean these levels often aren’t regulated and they then start causing health problems. Some people choose to incorporate turmeric tea for these benefits, it’s also a great spice to use in curry – try it to get that turmeric vitality!

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4. Black Elderberry
Perhaps the least known on this list, black elderberry’s benefits mean that it shows up in a variety of treatments available in stores for common ailments. It has been used since Ancient Egypt, and Native Americans have included it in their traditional medicine for centuries. It can be hard to find black elderberries in supermarkets, as some varieties can be harmful when eaten raw, but when eaten ripe and properly prepared they deliver a powerful does of antioxidants and vitamins which may boost the immune system. 

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Maintaining a balanced and healthy diet can require a lot of planning – even for vegans who are more likely to eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables. If you don’t fancy turmeric tea or going to the effort of making an immune boosting soup, then our vegan immune boosting supplements, Immune Pluswhich contains a carefully selected formula of 14 different vitamins and highly concentrated natural extracts specifically designed to support your immune system.

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Take care and stay safe,

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Sources:

WebMD - Garlic
Healthline - Garlic
HealthyDirections - Ginger
Healthline - Ginger
BBC - Turmeric
AheadofThyme - Turmeric
NordicNaturals - Turmeric
WebMD - Cortisol
WebMD - Elderberry 
Healthline - Elderberry

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