The coronavirus outbreak started in late 2019 and has now developed into a global pandemic. All data on the virus is preliminary, however, researchers are rapidly learning more about this worldwide problem.
Eating certain foods is not going to stave off coronavirus, but it may help you boost your immune system, which in turn could prepare your body to fight off the virus.
Here are the foods and ingredients that are believed to improve your body’s natural defenses, as recommended by the experts.
vitamin C is known as an ascorbic acid, and is popular for a reason: it’s great for us. ‘Vitamin C is essential to boost the immune system, Yalda T Alaoui, founder of Eat Burn Sleep tells us. ‘Focus on whole foods as juicing makes for a huge nutrient loss. Raw apples, carrots, crudités are packed with vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. ‘In a supplement form, liposomal vitamin C is more effective as it is slow delivery.’ Other foods rich in vitamin C include lemons, oranges, broccoli, bell peppers, kiwi and papaya, and more.
Ginger is a magical ingredient, especially if you’re already feeling under the weather. The antioxidant is believed to fight off cold and flu symptoms, combat nausea, and is full of iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium. However, it’s worth noting that a study from 2013 showed fresh ginger may help boost the body’s respiratory system, but dry ginger did not show the same results.
Before it became a staple in cooking, garlic was actually used for medicinal purposes. From manganese to vitam B6 and C, as well as selenium and fiber, it is high in immune-boosting compounds.
Mushrooms are high in beta glucans – natural substances found to help “prime” our immune system, making sure it’s ready for action to fight off infection.
Turmeric is a spice commonly used in Indian and Asian cuisine, including curries. It contains a bright-yellow compound known as curcumin, which emerging research suggests might enhance immune function. However,there isn’t any convincing evidence showing that it helps fight viral infections yet.