Updated December 24th, 2023 at 10:57 IST

From ginger to turmeric, food you can consume to boost your immunity in winter

Worried about falling sick in winter? Here is a list of food items that will serve as antioxidants and boost your immunity.

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As the winter season has finally fallen upon us, it is very important to take special care of ourselves. This is the time when we need to prepare our immune system against seasonal challenges. The good news is that we don’t have to go through the ruckus of preparing food that will help strengthen our immunity. 

Nature provides a bunch of nutrient-rich foods that can help boost your immunity. From green veggies to berries, here are a few food items that can help boost your immunity. 

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Black pepper

Not many know but black pepper is a magical spice with multiple health benefits. Rightly known as “black gold” it acts as a preservative adding heat to the body. Black pepper boosts the immune system by improving the white blood cells. It also contains piperine which protects the cells along with boosting digestive health. 

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Garlic

Not many know but garlic is a natural immunity booster. It does not only add flavour to your food but also contains certain compounds that help in the wearing off of colds and flu. You can add this one food item to most of your dishes to make them healthy. 

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Fish 

For all the seafood lovers, this comes as a big treat. We all know about the protein benefits that fish can provide. However, not many know that it is loaded with vitamin B, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids which enhance the production of both red and white blood cells. This then acts as a protective agent and attacks the viruses entering the human body. It also helps in maintaining a good metabolism rate. 

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Turmeric and Ginger 

Known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, these two spices serve as a savior in winter. One can always use ginger in their teas, and turmeric in curries and milk for the purpose of boosting immunity.

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Citrus products 

Having citrus fruits in winter can boost your immunity like no other food item. Oranges, grapefruits, and lemons have high quantities of Vitamin C. Not only do they serve as a powerful antioxidant but can also be enjoyed as a great snack.

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Published December 7th, 2023 at 20:04 IST