These immunity boosting foods won’t guarantee that you don’t contract the coronavirus but they will definitely make your system more resilient.
1. Citrus fruits
Citrus fruits like oranges, grape fruits, lemons etc. are rich in Vitamin C, which in turn increases the production of infection-fighting white blood cells.
2. Red bell peppers (Laal shimla mirch)
Red bell peppers are another source of Vitamin C you should turn to. They contain almost twice as much Vitamin C as citrus fruits.
3. Garlic (Lehsun)
Thankfully, almost no Pakistani dish is complete without the addition of garlic. Apart from lowering blood pressure, garlic is rich in sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin that help fight infections.
4. Ginger (Adrak)
Where there’s garlic, there’s also inevitably ginger. This vegetable is known to help reduce inflammation and give relief from soar throat.
5. Spinach (Palak)
There’s a good reason why Popeye was such a huge fan of spinach!
This green vegetable includes a cocktail of antioxidants and beta carotene that are essential to boost the body’s immune system.
However, spinach is most beneficial when it’s cooked lightly.
6. Yogurt (Dahi)
Here we’re not talking about the preservative-infested and sugared boxed yogurt but one that is organic and has live and active cultures. The organic variety is rich in Vitamin D, which helps regulate the immune system.
Please opt for plain yogurt and feel free to sweeten it with fruits instead of processed sugar.
7. Almonds (Badaam)
Remember how your mom would make you eat badaams as a child? Well, turns out mommy had a good reason!
Almonds are an important source of Vitamin E, which is vital for the regulation of the body’s immune system.
8. Tumeric (Haldi)
This is one of those times when you should be thankful for being a desi. Unlike western countries, South Asian food is rich in haldi, which is an effective spice to fight inflammatory illnesses.
9. Tea (Chai)
If you’re a Pakistani, we’re thinking chai is already an integral part of your daily food intake. Please, keep it that way!
Tea, whether black or green is full of flavonoids, a type of antioxidant. Both types of tea also have EGCG – another powerful antioxidant. However, black tea often loses most of its EGCG thanks to the fermentation process it goes through. On the other hand, because green tea is not fermented, it remains rich in this antioxidant when we consume it.
If you can get your hands on desi murghi – and can afford it – please make it a regular feature in your diet.
Chicken is rich in Vitamin B-6, which plays an important role in regulating many body functions. It is also important in the formation of red blood cells.
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