Boost Your Immune System For Covid-19

Covid-19 as it relates to our immune system. The biggest takeaway: never before has the consumption of fruits and vegetables been so important.

For example: 

  • Broccoli is packed with anti-oxidants; we know that. But, did you know that eating broccoli optimizes the function of the immune system against viral infections by increasing protective cells? These cells are the guards against viruses AND cancer.
  • Blueberries produce natural killer cells that protect the body against viruses it has never encountered before. Read that bold print and pick up some blueberries (frozen are just as good).
  • Cardamom, an Indian spice, can supercharge the ability of the natural killer cells to protect you from viruses your body has never encountered. Cardamom is a seed that has an astringent but sweet taste. It can be eaten plain or put into or sprinkled on top of food.
  • Leafy greens are packed with phytonutrients that the immune system needs for optimal function. So, start researching how to incorporate collard greens, kale, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens, and bok choy into your diet. Hint: a smoothie is a good place to hide these if you don’t like the taste.
  • Mushrooms are linked to a smarter immune system.
  • Purple fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants. They help prevent cancer, promote a healthy heart and boost your memory. So, another hooray for blueberries — and welcome to the show, red grapes!
  • Chia, flax, almonds and walnuts all have disease-preventing nutrients, Omega 3's, Vitamin E, calcium, iron, and zinc (the gatekeeper of immune function). Tip: make sure you pre-grind (do it yourself) flax to get the biggest benefit.
  • Vitamin D has been proven time and again to be an immune system booster across the board. Most people are deficient in Vitamin D; ask your doctor for a test. Your number should be 50+. The good news is that people with Vitamin D levels above 30 have been steering clear of Covid-19.

Here's the kicker: we all know that the biggest age group falling victim to Covid-19 is 65+. There's something called "immunesunnessence", the gradual deterioration of the immune system brought on by natural age advancement. BUT… a randomized controlled trial (these are the legit studies to pay attention to) was conducted on 65-85 year olds to determine if eating more fruits and vegetables preserve a healthy immune system as we age. 

The results? When exposed to a viral pathogen, those 65-85 year olds who ate five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day had an 82% better immune response vs. those who ate less than three servings. That's HUGE! And SO encouraging!

Immunesunnessence doesn't occur nearly as often in people eating numerous servings of fruits and vegetables daily. That’s information we can ALL live by, regardless of age.

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