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Foods Rich in Vitamin C to Boost Immune System

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By    |   Wednesday, 08 July 2020 10:18 AM

It’s important to build a healthy immune system at any time, but especially during the pandemic. Experts say that eating nutrient-rich foods is one way to increase your odds of staying healthy. And while no one has proven that vitamin C can stave off the coronavirus, many experts agree that the healthier your immune system is, the better off you are during the pandemic.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that wards off the common cold and other seasonal illnesses and boosts the immune system, so it is important to include foods that are rich in this disease-fighting vitamin daily.

Dr. Donald Marks, an internist and infectious disease expert with degrees in both immunology and microbiology, stresses the importance of vitamin C.

“It is an antiviral and is readily available not only in fruits and vegetables but in a variety of over-the-counter supplements as well as in throat lozenges and gummies,” he says.

Here are some foods that are chock full of this essential vitamin:

  • Citrus fruits. It should come as no surprise that lemons, grapefruits and oranges are high in vitamin C, according to Medical Daily. Guavas and kiwifruits are more exotic fruits that are also excellent sources.
  • Tomatoes. According to Health.com, one tomato provides 40% of the daily minimum of vitamin C, which many healthcare experts say can ward off the coronavirus as well as other diseases. It also contains vitamin A, which helps boost the immune system, and vitamin K to support strong bones.
  • Cauliflower. This vegetable not only contains vitamin C but has fiber for better digestion, B6 for improved metabolism and vitamin K to promote blood clotting.
  • Blueberries. Colorful berries are excellent antioxidants and contain high levels of vitamin C. Berries, such as blueberries and strawberries, also help protect the brain against damage from free radicals.
  • Chili peppers. According to Healthline, peppers are also high in vitamin C content and contain capsaicin, which helps reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Thyme. This herb has one of the highest concentrations of vitamin C of all culinary herbs. Sprinkle a little on pasta or salads to boost your immune system.
  • Spinach and kale. Both of these leafy green vegetables contain vitamin C, as well as other nutrients, such as folate, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals. If you can, eat them raw, as cooking destroys some of the vitamin C content.

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