Brain Bulletin 110 - Twenty Foods that Boost Our Immune Systems ... Naturally

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There's lots of talk about the immune system these days. 
Our immune system is made up of organs, tissues, cells, and proteins that fight off viruses, bacteria, and foreign bodies that cause infection and disease. When it comes to the immune system, the stronger the better! And a good place to start is the grocery store. Certain foods can help. Here are 20 powerful immune boosters:
1. garlic - I love the zing that garlic adds to food. It contains lots of allicin, an immune-boosting compound.
2. blueberries - This delicious field berry contains a flavonoid called anthocyanin that can boost our immune systems, and protect us against respiratory tract infection.
3. dark chocolate - Contains an antioxidant called theobromine which protects cell bodies from free radicals, which may boost immune system. Lots of calories here, so moderation is key. ))
4. citrus fruits - Think: oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, tangerines, clementines. Lots of vitamin C here, which is believed to increase white bloods cells ( to fight infection ).
5. oily fish - Like salmon. A rich source of omega-3.
6. spinach - Contains vitamins C and E, flavonoids, carotenoids.
7. red pepper - Ounce for ounce contains twice as much vitamin C as citrus fruits. Also, lots of beta carotene. 
8. natural plain yogurt - Live and active cultures may stimulate the immune system to help fight disease. Can be a good source of vitamin D as well. 
9. green tea - Rich in flavonoids. 
10. sunflower seeds - vitamin E rich. 
11. almonds - A powerhouse of vitamin E.
And to round out the list:
12. turmeric
13. papaya
14. poultry
15. kiwi fruit
16. shell fish
17. ginger
18. kefir
19. sweet potatoes
And ..... 20. broccoli - Possibly the healthiest vegetable we can eat! 
There are many ways to boost our immune systems, and eating right is a great place to start.
Ann Wigmore states, "The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form medicine, or the slowest from of poison." Some truth to this.
Thank you for reading, This had been a difficult two weeks. 
Please stay healthy and well.

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