In today’s blog post, we would love to encourage you to continue to take daily precautions such as washing your hands, social distancing, exercising, and getting enough sleep. This will help reduce your chances of infection as the cases of coronavirus continue to rise in the UAE.
Maintaining a healthy diet can give you an edge amid the Covid19 outbreak.
Studies have found that eating certain foods can help boost the immune system, such as improving your health and body’s strength ability to fight against illnesses and diseases.
Below we have listed six superfoods and their benefits that are expert approved for you to stock up on from nrtcfresh.com or by using the NRTC Fresh App. We have also added a few tips on how you can add them to your diet:
1. Red bell peppers
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, Red bell peppers have the highest source of vitamin C. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a cup of chopped red bell peppers contains about 211% of your daily value of vitamin C, which is twice more than your average orange (106%).
Vitamin C contributes to the immune system by supporting a variety of cell functions and lowering the risk of respiratory infections. It can also help the growth and repair of tissues in your body.
How can you add red bell peppers to your diet? We suggest either chopping it nicely into your salad and eating it raw or using them as a quick stir-fry to eat with some sweet potatoes.
Broccoli contains phytochemicals and antioxidants that support our immune system. They are also rich in vitamin C in which just half a cup contains 43% of your daily value of vitamin C, according to the NIH.
The vegetable also contains vitamin E, an antioxidant that can help fight off bacteria and viruses. If you want to get the most out of the nutrients in broccoli, we suggest eating it raw as a snack or just slightly cooked like stir-frying with bell peppers, ginger, garlic, and mushrooms.
Strawberries can help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals that the environment exposes us to regularly. This is because they contain a very high source of Vitamin C that is great for strengthening your immune system. According to proven studies, half a cup of strawberries can give you 50% of your Vitamin C needs for the day.
Wondering different ways you can enjoy the benefits of this superfood? We recommend chopping some strawberries on your breakfast dishes such as oatmeal, pancakes, or wheat toast. Better still, you can have it as a snack alone or with some yogurts!
Though garlic is known for its enhanced flavor properties for meals, it is also known to contain numerous health benefits. Including lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease, Immunity-boosting abilities for fighting off some infections.”
In a 2001 study published in Advances in Therapy, participants who took garlic supplements were less likely to catch a cold. Some got infected but continued to take the supplements and recovered faster than participants who didn’t take any of the garlic supplements.
Garlic is an easy vegetable to include in your diet. You can add it as a condiment to any of your dishes such as pasta sauce, salad dressings, soups, and stir-fry dishes.
We are aware staying indoors is one of the ways we keep safe from getting the virus. However, our body needs the daily source of Vitamin D we get from the sun. According to research in a.2018 review, mushrooms give the same source of vitamin D as the sun.
This source of Vitamin D helps enhance the absorption of calcium, which is good for bone health and may also protect against some respiratory diseases.
The best way to include mushrooms in your diet can be as a side dish or appetizer. You can roast them with oil, minced garlic, and a dash of salt and pepper to enjoy its delicious benefits.