Immunity boosting foods to help stave off the coronavirus


Immunity boosting foods. pic : Marco Verch, under Creative Commons licence

There is no doubt what we are facing today is a way of life that is alien to us and it is an undeniable fact that people are frightened under the current circumstances. It is important to be well informed and follow guidelines, but some of the anxiety exhibited in the past few weeks has been disproportionate. People are paranoid about touching their own furniture. Too much information leads to difficulty in processing all the information.

I believe it is important for us to stop obsessing about Coronavirus and reading Corona news through the day….people read more and interpret what they read in a threatening way. We need to focus on bettering ourselves and reaching out to people. Fortunately we live at a time where almost everything is available online. Even if you want to contribute to an NGO or learn a new skill you could do so online. It is important for us to be cautiously optimistic, remain vigilant and continue to “live” life.

Supplements and food for immunity

As a nutritionist, I have always believed that food can heal. There is an elaborate healing mechanism in our body but it can perform its functions only when it is supplied with the right nutrition. The coronavirus, or for that matter, any disease always attacks people with a compromised immune system. A robust and adequately functioning immune system helps you fight infections. Vitamin therapy has a distinct advantage over drug therapy when it comes to improving immunity.

VITAMIN C: Vitamin C is one of the biggest immune system boosters. A lack of Vitamin C can make you more prone to getting sick. Foods rich in Vitamin C are oranges, kiwi, grapefruit, strawberries, kale, spinach, bell pepper and broccoli. Daily intake of vitamin C is essential for good health. You can also take a vitamin C supplement such as Celin 500 mg or Limc twice a day 15 minutes after food for 30 days.

VITAMIN B6: This Vitamin is extremely important to support biochemical reactions in the immune system. All green vegetables are a good source of Vitamin B6. Supplements you can include are Bcosules or B plex forte 15 minutes after food for 30 days.

VITAMIN E: Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps the body fight off infections. Foods rich in Vitamin E are almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, cucumber seeds, watermelon seeds and pumpkin seeds. Vitamin E supplements that you can take are Evion 600 or Lcvit E for 30 days, 30 minutes after food.

CURCUMIN: Curcumin has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and is also a good antioxidant that boosts your immunity; curcumin is available in tablet form in the name Curkey, you can take one tablet half hour after food for 30 days followed by a glass of hot milk with ginger.

[As related to Swati Amar]

Support Citizen Matters - independent, Reader-funded media that covers your city like no other.DONATE
About Divya Satyaraj 1 Article
Divya Satyaraj is a nutritionist based in Chennai.