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5 Foods That Boost Your Immune System!

Updated on October 23, 2013

1. Kefir

Kefir is a fermented food loaded with enzymes and healthy bacteria that boost your immune system by helping fight disease causing germs in your gut and intestinal track. Kefir, and other fermented foods such as yogurt and sauerkraut, also aid in the production of antibodies.


2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is in rich lauric acid which enhances immunity. Lauric acid is converted into monolaurin in the body which kills viruses. In addition to its anti-viral properties coconut oil has been shown to fight harmful bacteria.

3. Blueberries

Blueberries are very rich in antioxidants which make them powerful immunity boosters. In particular, blueberries contain the antioxidant anthocyanin which is thought to increase the potency of vitamin C. Vitamin C increases the production of antibodies and white blood cells which fight infection.

4. Fresh Garlic

Garlic is anti-viral, anti-bacteria, and anti-fungal. Plus, unlike synthetic antibiotics, your body bacteria and viruses in your body do not develop a resistance to it. Garlic also helps to relieve sinus congestion.

5. Mushrooms

People have consumed mushrooms to improve their health for centuries. Research shows that mushrooms boost the immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells which help the body fight off infections.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I suppose I am one of the luckier individuals who enjoys the items on this list purely for their taste and I am a huge fan of garlic. Any type of remedy for aiding in an increased immune system is ok in my book.

      Very interesting article. Voting up

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I'm right there with shiningirisheyes, I am a big fan of all of these! tis is a great hub, straight and to the point. I have just started using coconut milk on my skin and my daughter is using it for stretch marks. She loves it! Thank you so much for this usefl, timely hub! up+ and sharing!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Useful list! Thank you so much!

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      I'm particular to fitness and health, so this hub is really helpful for me. I didn't know that these foods have the ability to fight off viruses... a life saver indeed! Thanks for posting. Up, useful and awesome. :)

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Heading into our cold months this hub has come at a good time, thanks so much..cheers

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      thost 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Great information here, I must try some of these foods. Thank you, I will vote up.

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      To the point, accurate, and exact elaborated piece of facts.

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