A friend of mine that’s a nurse texted me two days ago and said, “Tell your parents to take Vitamin C! Much higher survival rates with patients who have been taking it!”
Boosting your immune system when there’s a worldwide virus going around makes perfect sense to me! Of course, you can go to Amazon and grab a box of Emergen-C, or a jar of multi-vitamins, but how long before they can’t be found? The empty hand sanitizer shelves will give you that answer.
The good news is that you can find immune-boosting foods all around you. Yes, even the picked-over shelves at Costco during the Coronavirus scare. So, what should you be eating?
Oranges, clementines, grapefruit, lemons, and limes all contain Vitamin C and no one ever got in a fight at Walmart over the last lemon.
It may not be as popular as pizza with your kids, but broccoli is chock-full of vitamins A, C, and E and it’s a good source of fiber. (Hey, you’ve got 982 rolls of toilet paper, so why not?)
Salmon and other oily fish like tuna and trout contain omega-three fatty acids which are not only good for the immune system but will help with inflammation.
Peanut butter, almonds, and hazelnuts contain Vitamin E which is a great antioxidant and an immune booster. (Stick to peanut butter if you are sheltering in place. This is no time to get a broken tooth!)
No prepper foodie ever made a list that didn’t include elderberries. Elderberry syrup is often used to combat the flu, but it has other uses too. It’s been used medicinally for years and is often taken for colds, pain, even combined with zinc to make a lozenge. Just be sure the berries are ripe and cooked. Raw elderberries contain a toxin and can make you sick.