Three Great Foods to Help Boost Your Immunity

At a time when everyone is working hard to stay healthy, it’s important to take a good look at what we are eating as a first line of defense against illness. The idea that food is medicine has been around for thousands of years. That being said, let’s take a look at some delicious foods that have been used to heal for ages!

First and foremost- Garlic! Garlic is used in cooking all over the world, and is revered for its immune boosting properties as well as its ability to improve mental health and reduce the risk of heart disease. [1, 2] The active ingredient in Garlic is allini which has been shown to boost the body’s disease fighting response to a variety of viruses. [3]

Secondly- Reishi mushrooms. These medicinal wonders have been used for ages in eastern medicine, and have several active properties that help with everything from fatigue and depression to cancer and immunity [4]. While most mushrooms are lauded for their cancer fighting properties, the Reishi mushroom have incredible antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties as well as the ability to help fight infection and improve lymphocyte production.[5]

Last, but certainly not least we have Ginger. Ginger has also been used for generations to aid digestion, reduce nausea and to help fight the common cold and flu. Ginger has amazing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties [6] and may also reduce muscle pain and soreness [7] as well as aid in the treatment of Osteoarthritis.[8] There are other numerous benefits to Ginger including lowering blood sugar [9], lowering cholesterol levels [10], and helping improve brain function. [11]

Just to pull everything together, here is an AMAZING Reishi Mushroom Noodle Bowl Recipe that includes Garlic, Reishi and Ginger. The recipe is from ‘My Tiny Laguna Kitchen’ and the link can be found here: https://mytinylagunakitchen.com/recipe/reishi-mushroom-ramen-bowl/ . Enjoy!

Resources:

1- https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24964572/

2- https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26764327/

3- https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25961060/

4- https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16230843/

5- https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14756912/

6- https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25230520/

7- https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21031618/

8- https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11710709/

9- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4277626/

10- https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18813412/

11- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4211852/

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