Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Immune System and Diet

Immune system is the set of cells and their activity against antigens, or infectious agents that comprises of the body's defense system against diseases. The immune system does a great job of keeping people healthy and preventing infections. However, sometimes problems with the immune system can lead to illnesses and infections.
Therefore, in oder to strengthen the immune system, we must know what foods in our diet can nurture our defense system to defend against any virus attacks.
Here are some foods can help in strengthen our immune system

1. Mushroom
Mushrooms have an immune substance that enhances immune response by helping the production of white blood cells. It brings vitality to the cells by increasing cellular metabolism, removing toxins and preventing free radical damage. Also mushrooms have been reported to significantly reduce stress and has shown beneficial in relieving joint pain and strengthening the skeletal and neuro-muscular systems of the body. The best kind of mushroom is shiitake.

2. Yogurt
Yogurt has great protective anti-infection agents. Increased yogurt consumption may help increase one's resistance diseases such as cancer and infection, particularly gastrointestinal infection. This increase in resistance is in part because of the live and active cultures (LAC) found in yogurt.

3. Broccoli
Broccoli contains the properties of 3,3'-diindolylmethane (DIM), a chemical produced from the compound indole-3-carbinol when broccoli is chewed and digested. DIM is effective in augmenting the immune response for our body, and we know that the immune system is important in defending the body against infections from many kinds of cancer and virus.

4. Blueberry
Blueberry is known to boost the effectiveness of vitamin C, a major strengthener of the immune system and reduce inflammation production. Blueberries also can help manage the stress on the immune system by being a free radical scavenger, leaving the immune system to help protecting your body from the formation and growth of cancer cells.

5. Fax seed
Flax seed is a great source of both soluble and insoluble fiber which may reduce the risk of developing hormone-sensitive cancers, such as prostate and breast cancer. Also flaxseed helps to better regulate blood sugar levels, eases inflammatory tissue conditions, controls attention deficit disorder and enhanced immune system.

6. Green tea
Green tea is loaded with powerful antioxidants which may protect against cell damage that leads to aging, and helps prevent heart disease and cancer. Study shows that the anine in green tea may help the body's immune system respond better when fighting infection, by boosting the disease-fighting capacity of gamma delta T cells.

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