During this time it is important to have a healthy immune system to be able to fight off disease. Although this guide won’t guarantee you will never get sick, the contents will help strengthen your immune system.
Pepper has antimicrobial properties that help support the immune system. Antimicrobial agents work by damaging bacterial cell walls and making them explode. Black pepper also helps the natural killer cells in the body work better. Finally, black pepper helps stimulate white blood cells at the site of infection which aids in a speedy recovery.
The key to citrus being good for the immune system is that it contains high amounts of Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps support many necessary cell functions important for the immune system. One of those functions is an epithelial barrier against pathogens. Another function Vitamin C supports is differentiation and proliferation of B-cells and T-cells. Vitamin C also increases white blood cell function. White blood cells are necessary for protecting the body from infection.
Another component of citrus that helps it boost the immune system are flavonoids. Flavonoids have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflammation and speed recovery.
Garlic contains a sulfoxide called alliin. When chewed, alliin turns into allicin. Allicin is unstable so it turns into sulfur-containing compounds which are believed to have medicinal properties. Garlic helps stimulate white blood cells, killer cells, dendritic cells, and eosinophil. These cells help fight against infection.
Ginger contains chemical compounds called gingerols that help the body ward off germs and halt the growth of bacteria. Ginger also contains a large amount of antioxidants. Antioxidants help prevent stress and damage to DNA.
Yogurt is a source of a probiotic called lactobacillus. A probiotic is a good type of bacteria that fights off the bad bacteria in the gut. By killing the bad bacteria in the gut, the immune system prevents the bacteria from entering your bloodstream.
Turmeric contains a substance called curcumin. Curcumin is an immunomodulatory agent that helps activate T-cells, B-cells, macrophages, neutrophils, killer cells, and dendritic cells. Curcumin also lessens the expression of proinflammatory agents.
I plan on sharing an immune boosting shot recipe sometime in the next couple of weeks. I just need to wait until next time I need to go to the grocery store. What are your favorite immune boosting remedies?