Immune Boosting Foods

Immune Boosting Foods

Continuing with our theme of immune boosting foods, oats, barley, yeast, seaweed, algae and some mushrooms (reishi, shitake and maitake), are very helpful. They are a source of beta glucans which are an immune primer. We cannot make them in our own body, so it is important to eat foods that contain them. Beta glucans can stimulate the activity of immune cells that ingest pathogens and prime other cells to attack. They also allow communication between immune cells and stimulate our white blood cells (lymphocytes) that bind to tumours or viruses and release chemicals to destroy them.
Beta glucans also appear to mitigate the symptoms of the common cold—or at least reduce the number of days people call in sick to work. They have also been shown to have general anti -vital properties. Try to include beta glucan rich foods regularly in your diet. Add barley to casseroles, sprinkle in some nori flakes or nutritional yeast and enjoy oatcakes.

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