A Well-Balanced Diet

1. Almonds are rich in vitamin E, which research suggests is important for maintaining the immune system, particularly as we get older.

2. One bell pepper on average provides us more vitamin C than our bodies need in a whole day and are rich sources of beta carotene.

3. Broccoli is a great immune-boosting vegetable because it’s rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E (and) potassium and has a lot of fiber.

4. Citrus fruits are high in plant compounds that have health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, which can help support your immunity.

5. Dark, leafy greens are good sources of beta carotene, which is associated with reducing inflammation. Since beta carotene converts to the fat-soluble vitamin A, it’s a good idea to pair dark, leafy greens with a healthy fat, like nuts, for best absorption.

6. Garlic contains compounds that naturally act to destroy bacteria and infection.

7. Pumpkin Seeds are a good source of zinc, a mineral crucial for immune cells to function.

8. Red bell peppers contain twice as much vitamin C as citrus fruit.