The whole world is fighting a battle against Covid-19, a deadly virus that has killed more than 3 lakh people and infected around 46 lakh people across the world. Many research groups in various countries are racing to develop vaccine against Covid-19 and have made a remarkable progress in the past few days.
Research reports have revealed that patients with good immunity levels are able to fight the infection better and have recovered soon. As experts are still working towards the development of vaccines and clinical trials are in progress, we have to win this battle by boosting our immunity. Our antibodies need to be strengthened so that they are capable of fighting the virus. Strong immunity is of paramount importance at this stage and a crucial shield against covid-19.
As the world waits for a coronavirus vaccine, let’s engage in healthy habit to support our health and boost our immune system during this pandemic. During quarantine, most of us have become creative in the kitchen and preparing some yummy culinary delights. But sometimes it becomes challenging to cook delicious and healthy food every day and we seek to consume comfort foods. But during this pandemic, it is paramount to maintain healthy food choices that support our immunity. Make sure you are eating a diet high in immune-boosting nutrients such as:
- Vitamin D – Mackerel, salmon, fortified foods (mushrooms, milk, orange juice, tofu, soy beverages, some cereals), and egg yolks
- Protein and zinc -Fish, lean beef, chicken, turkey, dairy products, eggs, legumes, and soy-based foods
- Omega-3 fatty acids – Salmon, mackerel, tuna, flaxseed, walnuts, and chia seeds
- Antioxidant-rich foods – Cantaloupe, papaya, citrus, blueberries, cranberries, grapes, apples, dark chocolate, tea, sweet potatoes, broccoli, carrots, spinach, bell, peppers, asparagus, onions, beets, and mushroom
- Prebiotic and probiotic containing foods – Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, kimchi, and yogurt
- Vitamin C – Grapefruits, oranges, tangerines, sweet red pepper, broccoli, strawberries, kale, and kiwifruit
- Beta-carotene – Carrots, spinach, kale, apricots, sweet potato, squash, and cantaloupe
- Vitamin E – Nuts, seeds, avocado, and spinach
- Vitamin B-6 – Chicken, turkey, cold-water fish (salmon and tuna), chickpeas, bananas and fortified breakfast cereal
- Zinc – shellfish (crab, clams, lobster, and mussels), poultry (chicken or turkey), red meat, and beans.
A fair dose of above foods can help improve the functioning of your immune system. So, reconnect to the food that fuels our antibodies. Scientists at the Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR) points out that a healthy diet which contains all vitamins and minerals in a balanced proportion can help us to maintain our immune system.