BLACKSBURG, Va. – We’re working for you, finding you healthier non-perishable options and foods to help boost your immune system.
Grocery shopping in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic can get a little overwhelming. Registered dietitian nutritionist Maya Hickman takes us inside her kitchen to show us how tweaking a few things on your grocery list can go a long way.
Here are Hickman’s recommendations for boosting your immune system. She breaks those recommendations down in this clip.
Overall immune-boosting dietary tips:
- Eat the rainbow - eat plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables.
- Add herbs and spices - garlic, onions, oregano, turmeric
- Avoid sugar, alcohol and processed foods
Nutrients that can help boost the immune system:
- Vitamin C -- citric fruit (lemons, oranges, grapefruit), kiwi, red pepper, broccoli)
- Zinc -- meat, fish, nuts and seeds, legumes, eggs, dairy
- Vitamin D -- fatty fish, sardines, egg yolks, mushrooms, fortified foods (milk & dairy)
- Beta-carotene (converts to vitamin A) -- carrots, winter squash, sweet potatoes
For seniors or people who may feel they are not getting enough of those vitamins in their diet, supplements are another option.