This winter is quickly breaking records for cold-weather illnesses, with recent reports revealing that the U.S. has recorded more positive flu tests in one week than ever before. If you’re concerned about your health, you may be looking for ways to boost your immunity. Eating the right foods is one of the best ways to give your body a fighting chance against illnesses—so here’s what you need to know about superfoods that can help protect you.
Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods that are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. They can help reduce inflammation, balance hormones, provide antioxidants, improve digestion and boost immunity. According to AARP, some of the best superfoods for immunity include:
- Green tea
- Sweet potatoes
- Nuts and seeds
Incorporating these foods into your diet will not only give you the essential vitamins and minerals that help keep your body healthy, but they also provide valuable antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that help neutralize free radicals in the body—these free radicals can damage cells and cause inflammation if left unchecked.
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