Foods and supplements for supporting immune health*: Healthy Grocery Girl’s top picks
|Megan Roosevelt| February 2019 |
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As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Megan Roosevelt of Healthy Grocery Girl recommends consuming nutrition from real, whole foods first before supplementing. “However,” she says, “the truth is there are gaps in our diet because no one eats perfect. Quality supplements such as vitamins can be a great way to fill those dietary gaps and meet your nutritional needs.”
That said, Megan’s list of immune supportive foods is a fantastic resource for boosting those immune defenses, and her supplement picks are perfect for addressing the gaps we all face.*
10 Immune Supporting Foods
Garlic is an immune health hero!* I love to sauté garlic and onion before adding to homemade soup recipes.
Ginger helps support the immune system.* Ginger is also great if you’re feeling nauseous and to soothe an upset stomach. I love adding fresh ginger to hot water with lemon. I also love adding fresh ginger to my morning smoothies.
Turmeric contains a compound known as curcumin, which as anti-inflammatory properties that can support immunity.* Consume turmeric with black pepper. Black pepper can help the body absorb curcumin.
Bananas contains zinc, vitamin A and potassium. Go for ripe bananas with brown spots, which are gentle on digestion.
5. CITRUS FRUITS
Citrus fruits are packed with antioxidant vitamin C! Oranges are a great snack or add fresh lemon juice to smoothies or hot tea. I also love making fresh homemade juice with citrus fruits.
6. GREEN VEGGIES
People often think of citrus fruits when they think vitamin C. However, broccoli provides 81 milligrams in just one cup, which is more than the Recommended Daily Intake! I love adding broccoli to homemade soups. You can also toss a few pieces of broccoli in a smoothie!
7. SWEET POTATOES
Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, a carotenoid that converts into vitamin A, which supports immune health.*
8. PUMPKIN SEEDS
Pumpkin seeds contain antioxidants, magnesium, fiber, healthy fat as well as zinc. Zinc supports a strong immune system, wound healing and cell growth.*
9. GREEN TEA
Green Tea contains flavonoids, which may support immune health.*
Soup can help hydrate the body as well as nourish with immune supporting ingredients.* I love making soup and have so many recipes on the blog! A few of my favorite are Turmeric Noodle Soup, Coconut Turmeric Lentil Soup and Kale & White Bean Soup.
MEGAFOOD IMMUNE SUPPORTING SUPPLEMENTS
Elderberry Immune Support* Gummy: These gummies are made with organic elderberry that provides plant-powered immune support and zinc aids immune function!*
Gummy D3 (1000 IU) Wellness - Mixed Fruit: Vitamin D3 plays many roles in physical and mental health, and promotes healthy immune function.*
Daily C-Protect Nutrient Booster Powder™:Vitamin C provides the body with nourishment to support its natural immune defenses.* I also love the MegaFood C Defense and D3 Wellness Gummies!
Also for those with little ones this is a great product! Kids Daily Immune Nutrient Booster Powder™ promotes a healthy immune response (with organic astragalus, echinacea and Elderberry).* The powder is easy to blend, shake (and sip!) and made without added fillers, sweeteners, flavorings or preservatives.
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