Boosting immunity to fight coronavirus

1 April, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Fears about coronavirus have prompted online searches and plenty of misinformation about how to strengthen the immune system. As worries grow about the new coronavirus, online searches for ways to bolster the immune system have surged. Everybody has got colds, and now we are braced for a coronavirus epidemic. Boosting our immune system has rarely felt more urgent, but beyond eating more tangerines and hoping for the best, what else can we do? One cannot avoid a risk of being affected by the virus, but the right diet is said to support the immune system, so that it is ready to take on anything.

Building a healthy immune system is not rocket science, in fact, a lot of it is common sense. So, how do we support robust immunity? What to eat to help protect yourself from coronavirus? Nutrition experts reveal the foods and spices that boost your immunity and health FAST. There are several nutrients that you can include in your eating plan and protein ranks high among them at this time. Spices that play an anti-bacterial role and anti-fungal advantages — such as ginger, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, turmeric and cumin.

Feeding your body certain foods may help keep your immune system strong-

GINGER is an ingredient which may help decrease inflammation, reduce a sore throat and plays a powerful role as an antioxoidant. brownish cloves or lavang pods help to fight cold & flu. haldi or turmeric is increasing the body’s antioxidant capacity & strengthen immunity. curcumin & cinnamon has strong anti-inflammatory properties and can be added to warm water, coffee and desserts. garlic is a popular remedy for colds, it has strong anti-inflammatory effect. It has common home remedy for the prevention of colds.

Citrus fruits- Most people turn to vitamin C after they’ve caught a cold because it helps build up your immune system. It is increasing the production of white blood cells. Popular citrus fruits include: grapefruit, oranges, lemons, limes. your body doesn’t produce or store vitamin C, so you need daily vitamin C for strong immunity. Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce inflammation in the body.                           

—Fahmida hashem, Sr nutrition consultant