Garlic, Tea, Oysters, and more: Delicious ways to boost your immune system

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If you’ve been keeping yourself updated, you already know about the novel Coronavirus (nCoV) that’s been spreading at an alarming rate around the world.

While we encourage everyone to stay calm but vigilant, we also want to make sure we stay healthy by keeping our immune system strong. This is just one of the numerous reminders from the World Health Organization about protecting yourself against this newly discovered virus.

We all know that ginger/turmeric and citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes are ideal for strengthening the immune system, but here are more delicious ways to boost your immune system the natural way.

Garlic
Garlic is used in almost all savory dishes, but aside from being tasty, it also contains a high concentration of Allicin, a sulfur-containing compound with immune boosting properties, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health of the United States. Garlic also helps lower blood pressure.

Button Mushrooms
According to the experts at webmd.com, mushrooms “give you the mineral selenium and the B vitamins riboflavin and niacin… [which] play a role in a healthy immune system”.

Shellfish
We know, it’s not the first thing you think of when you want to have a healthier diet. But according to health information website Healthline, fully cooked shellfish like crab, lobsters, mussels, oysters, and clams are rich in zinc, which helps immune cells to function better.

Spinach
Did you know that Spinach is a super food? It contains tons of nutrients, including folate, which “helps your body make new cells and repair DNA”, according to WebMD. It’s also rich in antioxidants and fiber.

Tea
Now you’ll have more reasons to enjoy tea every day. Tea – especially white and green tea – are rich in flavonoids and polyphenols, which destroys free radicals (the number one enemy of immune cells).

Miso
This traditional Japanese seasoning pasta is made of fermented soybeans, which is rich in probiotics – just like the good bacteria in yogurt.

Almonds
According to Healthline, half a cup of almonds (roughly 46 whole pieces) already provides almost 100% of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin E, which is “key to a healthy immune system”.