"Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food."
What we eat can have a great influence on our immune system.
Based on research studies, these foods have a strong immune-boosting effect:
- Simulates production of gamma interferon, boosts activity of natural killer (NK) cells
- Revs up production of antibodies
- Stimulate macrophages (important in fighting cancer cells and microbes)
spinach, kale, broccoli, cabbage, broccoli sprouts, carrots, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, onions..
- You can eat raw garlic or a cold-pressed garlic extract
- When you feel sore throat coming on, eat some garlic or onion to scare off the cold or flu.
- Oysters (raw and smoked), crabmeat, pot roast, calf's liver, turkey (dark meat), pumpkin and squash seeds
- You can take also zinc supplements
Foods that can weaken immune system:
- Vegetable polyunsaturated fats (omega-6 fatty acids) such as in corn, sunflwer and safflower seed oils
can inhibit formation of lymphocytes