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Foods to boost the immune system against chik-V

Published:Friday | September 26, 2014 | 9:00 AM

The key to successfully fighting the chikungunya virus and other diseases is having a strong immune system. It has been proven that persons with a strong immune system recover much faster from chik-V and other illnesses. Below are some foods that can help to boost your body's immune system.

GARLIC

Garlic is a superfood that offers several antioxidants that battle immune-system invaders.

GREEN OR BLACK TEA

Both authentic green and black teas are loaded with disease-fighting polyphenols and flavonoids - natural chemical compounds that have been found to increase immune system activation. These antioxidants seek out cell-damaging free radicals and destroy them, building a stronger immune system.

OYSTERS

Thanks to the mineral zinc found in oysters, it is a great immune booster.

WATERMELON

Ripe watermelon has plenty of the powerful antioxidant glutathione. Known to help strengthen the immune system so it can fight off infection, glutathione is found near the rind in the red pulpy flesh of the watermelon.

CABBAGE

Cabbage, easy and inexpensive to find, is a source of the immune-strengthening glutamine. Have any variety of cabbage (white, red, Chinese) on its own - raw or steamed - or add to soups and stews for extra antioxidants to boost your meal's nutritional value.

SWEET POTATO

Like carrots, sweet potatoes have the antioxidant beta-carotene, which mops up damaging free radicals. Sweet potatoes also boast vitamin A, which is linked to slowing the ageing process and may reduce the risk of some cancers.

BROCCOLI

Broccoli is a proven immune-boosting food. One study reported that a particular chemical in broccoli helped stimulate the immune systems of mice.