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Give your immune system a boost with these powerhouse ingredients

Suit up (or rather armour up) with mineral and vitamin-rich ingredients such as garlic, ginger, turmeric and more to help keep the sniffles at bay. 

Powerhouse picks 

Keep your immune system strong with these nutrient-rich ingredients:  

Leafy greens 

Leafy green vegetables (such as spinach, Swiss chard and kale) are iron-rich and packed with vitamins C and E. These work together in keeping your body fighting fi t by acting as antioxidants. Add these veggies to your soups and stews, bulk up grain salads or blend together with avo, kiwis, pineapple and mango, or citrus and ginger to make a power-packed breakfast smoothie. 


Pungent and punchy, this immune-boosting bulb contains high concentrations of sulphuric compounds, which are thought to increase virus-fighting cells in your bloodstream. Chop or slice and add it to just about anything, or ferment the cloves in honey for an easy homemade cough remedy. 


Hot and happening, chillies are said to be high in vitamin C and A, both of which are vital to a well-functioning immune system. Capsaicin, the compound that gives chillies their heat, is thought to help combat phlegm and congestion. Just like garlic, you can ferment a variety of chillies in honey or use them to make a spicy condiment like chilli crisp. 


Lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit all have one thing in common (besides being part of the citrus family) – they’re all teeming with vitamin C! These gems help your body produce more white blood cells (the soldiers that fight off infection).  


This is a popular immune-boosting ingredient and is often deemed the superfood spice of choice for its anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric’s level of curcumin, the compound that gives the root its orange-yellow hue, is believed to help lessen inflammation. Add it raw to your curries and stews, or add the powder to your morning coffee for a golden latté! 


Packed with the compound gingerol, this humble root is thought to be anti-inflammatory, which is known to help soothe sore throats. Enjoy a raw slice of ginger in tea to aid blocked sinuses, or add it to soups and broths. 

Words by: Gail Damon
Photography: Fresh Living Magazine 

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