CINCINNATI - Flu season is upon us. If you want to add some extra protection for your family, experts advise you stock up on these immunity boosting foods.
Broccoli- Rich in vitamin C, which acts as a cell-protecting antioxidant and immune booster. The leafy vegetable may help prevent the onset of the cold and flu thanks to its abundance of nutrients.
Blueberries- Rich in antioxidants and disease-fighting nutrients, experts say these can improve cognitive function and reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes.
Sunflower seeds - Full of vitamin E, magnesium and selenium, these powerful seeds have a significant anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Magnesium promotes healthy bones and energy and some studies show that selenium reduces the risk of some types of cancer.
Whole Grain Cereals- Whole grain is full of zinc, a vitamin that supports a healthy immune system. Research shows that whole grains also have heart-healthy benefits that help maintain a healthy body weight and blood sugar levels.
Salmon- Filled with omega-3 fatty acids, salmon boosts immune system function. Along with the healthy fats, it is also one of the highest natural sources of vitamin D.
Low-fat Yogurt- Fermented dairy products contain "probiotics," bacteria that help the body fight off infections. The calcium-rich snack also reduces digestive tract problems, vaginal infections and stomach ulcers. It also encourages bone growth.
Green Tea- Rich in polyphenols, green tea is full of antioxidants that help boost immune function. The leaves have also been associated with decreasing risk of cancer, obesity and heart disease