Fortifiy Your Immunity in the Kitchen: Natural Immune System Booster

Foods that Boost Your Immune System

Build up your Immune System: What’s easily available? Doesn’t require a prescription, and perhaps one of the most powerful immune boosting foods most of us have in our kitchens each day? Read on to find out how ordinary ingredients can help your body stay healthy and ward off disease.

Garlic is a food that’s healthy for you in many ways, but fortifying your immune system is one of the most important.

There’re many anecdotes from 1918 about how people who ate lots of garlic didn’t get sick from, or recovered from, the Spanish Flu. It’s known as “Russian Penicillin.”

Over 2,500 scientific papers document the many health benefits of this superfood.

Garlic is probably the most widely available, cheap and historically proven (over 5,000 years of documented use) anti-viral, anti-bacterial agent available to people around the world, even those who have little or no access to modern hospitals or antibiotics. At least one well-known alternative health expert advocates that people who’re seriously ill eat 6 cloves a day.

It’s too bad that its smell on your breath is socially unacceptable in the United States. Americans would be healthier if they’d encourage or accept it.

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You can add garlic as a spice to your meals, but cooking does weaken its power. It’s much better to slice up raw cloves of garlic and add the slivers to such foods as burritos, chili, soup, omelets, scrambled eggs and other such hearty foods.

You can just pop a clove into your mouth and chew, but even the most macho man can’t do that often enough. However, if you include a lot of honey with the clove, that makes a good combination that even children can eat.

It’s not recommended to buy capsules of “odor-free” garlic. Much of its health benefits come from the allicin in garlic, and that’s what creates the strong odor. Get rid of that, and you might as well save your money.

One immune-benefit of garlic is that it contains a lot of selenium. This is a powerful immune supplement in itself. Studies in China have shown that people who live on foods grown in selenium-rich soil are healthier than those who live on selenium-poor foods.

You can get shots of concentrated allicin, and this may be a good idea if you have a serious infection, but can only be administered by a doctor.

Garlic is more than just allicin, however. It contains over 200 compounds, including sulfur and many trace minerals besides selenium. Sulfur is an antioxidant, which means it scavenges free radicals. It also enhances the strength of your natural killer cells, which means it improves your body’s ability to fight back against cancerous cells and cells infected with viruses.

Garlic also helps your body detoxify itself from heavy metals which weaken immunity.

Clinical Pearls, which summarizes nutritional medicine papers, has reported on 20 papers that examined the protective effects of garlic. In 19 out of 20 studies, garlic demonstrated the ability to protect the body against gastrointestinal tract cancers.

If possible, eat at least one clove of garlic a day to maintain good health — much more when you’re actually sick.

Since so many other people don’t want to smell garlic, try eating your clove at night before going to bed, though your partner may object.

Not always easy, that’s true, in the face of social pressure. But your immune system will be much stronger.