Specialists recommend consuming foods that help strengthen the immune system. By themselves, they do not create immunity to COVID-19, but the beneficial effects on the body and its defenses will create a barrier that can prevent contagion or minimize its effects.
The importance of a strong immune system:
Regulates body responses through its antiviral and antioxidant properties.
Reduces the duration and severity of the common cold.
Reduces the incidence of the common cold and pneumonia in people living in urban settings.
Vitamin C, present in certain fruits and vegetables, has a beneficial effect on the system since it influences the immune responses that the body generates to protect itself from viruses, bacteria and pathogens.
Among the fruits that contain a greater quantity we find citrus.
LEMON: rich in vitamin C, it is purifying, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and digestive. In addition, it improves blood circulation.
MANDARIN: it has a high concentration of vitamin. Helps prevent heart disease, atherosclerosis and stroke. Lowers bad LDL cholesterol, thanks to its fiber content.
ORANGE: a single orange provides all the vitamin C that is required per day. Stimulates the production of white blood cells, key to fighting infections and colds.
GRAPEFRUIT: favors the body’s natural defenses. Prevents and relieves flu and cold symptoms. It has diuretic and antioxidant properties and lowers hypertension.
Source: ANOC based on the Spanish Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.