Since the outbreak of COVID -19, scientists are struggling to prevent the spread and find the recovery measures to the victims world widely.
Quite recently, some researchers have also found that if the immune system of human is strong, the infection rate or chance becomes less.
Through this, studies have shown that fruits and vegetables provide nutrients—like beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E—that can boost immune function.
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Because many vegetables, fruits, and other plant-based foods are also rich in antioxidants, they help reduce oxidative stress.
Protective foods contain a large number of minerals, vitamins and high quality proteins which can be used to protect the body against deficiency diseases like scurvy, beriberi etc. Some examples of protective foods include meat, citrus fruits, leafy vegetables, eggs and milk.
In this case, one is encouraged to eat more protective food to help boost their immune system to fight COVID -19 and other associating diseases.
“A diet rich in antioxidants has been linked to a host of health-promoting and disease-fighting activities in the body,” researchers prove.
Antioxidant-rich foods include:
Vitamin A and beta-carotene: pumpkin, squash, carrots, spinach, sweet
potatoes, cantaloupes, dark leafy greens, and mangoes.
Vitamin C : citrus fruits, strawberries, bell peppers, cauliflower, broccoli,
tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and asparagus.
Vitamin E : vegetable oil, almonds, whole grains, wheat germ, sweet potatoes,
Selenium: salmon and haddock.
Sometimes food cannot provide enough of a certain nutrient. In these cases, supplements can be useful in supporting your natural immunity.
Also the president, in his last nation address endorsed the consumption of local food like ‘dawadawa’, ‘kotoo” ‘kontomire’, garlic, okro, nails etc to boost the immune system.
Strengthen your immune system not only for COVID -19, rather for healthy living.
By Kwaku Kolan,
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