Green leafy veg and immunity
Green leafy veg are good sources of beta-carotene which is a powerful antioxidant that can reduce inflammation and boost immune function by increasing disease-fighting cells in the body. Other excellent sources include sweet potatoes and carrots.
Vitamins C and E: Vitamins C and E are antioxidants that help to destroy free radicals and support the body’s natural immune response. Kale and Broccoli are good sources of vitamin C (as well as red peppers, oranges, strawberries, mangoes, lemons, and other fruits and vegetables). Spinach, and broccoli are sources of Vitamin E (other sources include nuts, seeds)
Green leafy veg are also an important source of folic acid. The effects of folic acid deficiency show that antibody response to several antigens is decreased.
Folic acid is also important for many other functions in the body such as healthy DNA replication and for reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Try eating a salad of spinach and watercress before your evening meal, adding broccoli to soups and raw in salads, or adding some spinach or kale to your smoothies.