11 foods to boost the immune system and improve general health


What we eat will directly affect our health. The body needs vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, and other nutrients essential for the body and well-being.

At the same time, our body is constantly plagued by several bacteria and viruses. And, if the immune system is weakened, we get sick.

A weakened immune system can have several causes: stress, undernourishment, chronic diseases, etc. Here in this article, we will look at 11 foods that can boost your immune system – and also improve your general health and well-being.

1. Garlic

It is one of the foods most recognized for its beneficial properties, including for fighting bacteria and viruses. Garlic is part of the Allium genus – there are also leeks, onions, cultivated garlic, shallots, spring onions, and chives. But, what sets garlic apart from these other foods is its high allicin content.

And it is precisely this component that is beneficial to your health. Indeed, it has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties. (allicin also gives garlic its characteristic pungent odor.) So, even if the smell is not to everyone’s taste, you can easily enjoy the benefits of garlic by adding it to garnish your sauce, etc.

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2. Chicken soup

It is one of the best ways to perk up when you have a cold. Why? Here’s the answer: it’s thanks to cysteine. When you cook chicken, it produces significant amounts of this amino acid. This is an advantage for us because cysteine ​​is very similar to a drug used to treat bronchitis: acetylcysteine.

For the curious, here is why chicken soup works so well: cysteine ​​prevents white blood cells from accumulating in the bronchi (white blood cells play an important role in inflammation).

In addition, the hot broth of the soup helps to liquefy the mucus. To increase the effect of chicken soup when you are sick, be sure to add garlic and mushrooms.


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