immune system

The immune system is located all over the body. Cells, tissues and organs work together to protect our health.

  • White blood cells find and destroy bacteria and viruses.
  • The lymphatic system is located throughout the body. It is the highway system that allows white blood cells to travel and seek bacteria.
  • The brain, liver, and pancreas each have their own immune system. Is is called the reticuloendothelial system, and it insures extra protection for key organs.

WedMD.com states best foods for a healthy immune system include antioxidants and Vitamins A, E and C.

Foods rich in Vitamin A include apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, green peppers, kale, mangoes, turnip and collard greens, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, squash, spinach, sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon.

Foods rich in Vitamin C include berries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit, honeydew, kale, kiwi, mango, nectarine, orange, papaya, snow peas, sweet potato, strawberries, tomatoes, and red/green/yellow peppers.

Foods rich in Vitamin E include broccoli, carrots, chard, mustard and turnip greens, mangoes, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red peppers, spinach, and sunflower seeds.

Other foods rich in antioxidants include prunes, apples, raisins, plums, red grapes, alfalfa sprouts, onions, eggplant and beans.

To protect the fragile antioxidants in these foods, it is best to eat them raw or lightly steamed.

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