foods that boost immunity

below are five foods that can help you if you have a cold or the flu.

Kefir/Yogurt
Many yogurts and almost all kefir, a fermented milk product, contain probiotics, the so-called “good” bacteria. Probiotics can help with diarrhea and other intestinal disorders. Probiotics may also help reduce the severity of colds and the flu. Opt for the yogurt and kefir that contain live and active probiotics.

Black/Green Tea
Green and black teas are also a good source of polyphenols, or plant antioxidants, that can help prevent free radical damage in the body. May aid in defending against cold and flu. Five cups of black tea had elevated levels of a compound that can help ward off infections like viruses. The benefits also pertain to decaf black and green teas.

Garlic
Garlic has potential in disease-prevention and immune-boosting properties.Garlic has shown some promise when it comes to warding off infections. It could function as an antibacterial and antiviral agent. Best is to consume it raw or freshly processed.

Orange-Fleshed Vegetables
Pumpkins, sweet potatoes, squash, and other orange-fleshed vegetables are high in beta carotene, which the body uses to make Vitamin A. Vitamin A also is important in keeping the skin healthy, which is our body’s first line of defense against disease-causing microorganisms.

Oysters
The bivalves are a great source of zinc, among other good-for-you nutrients like omega-3s, selenium, and iron. Zinc is important in the development of white blood cells and even a low-to-moderate level of zinc deficiencies can have negative implications for the immune system. It’s best to get zinc from a well-rounded diet. In addition to oysters, beef and chicken are good sources.

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read article on Yahoo! Shine by DivineCaroline: 5 Surprising Foods That Boost Immunity

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