Who doesn’t need their immune system to be boosted when there is a global pandemic occurring?
An immune boosting diet singles out foods you should consume for their high vitamin and mineral content. Common foods suggested to boost the immune system include; citrus fruits for their vitamin C, sunflower seeds and almonds for vitamin E, kumara and carrots for beta-carotene, brazil nuts and sardines for selenium, turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties, and green vegetables for their antioxidants. Now, this all seems like great advice, but should we start following this diet?
While there is a lack of evidence that the diet will actually enhance your immune system, the positive aspect is that the diet is high in fruit, vegetables, and plant-based protein sources, which are recommended by the Ministry of Health. It is important to remember that while the consumption of vitamin rich foods is a good thing it will only improve your immune system if you currently have a vitamin or mineral deficiency.
For more information on how to lead a healthy lifestyle throughout the year read our sections on Healthy Eating across age groups.
Last modified: June 21, 2022