Fresh food can help boost your immune response

The immune system is the body's defense against infectious organisms and other invaders. Through a series of steps called the immune response, the immune system attacks organisms and substances that invade body systems and cause disease.

Feeding your body certain foods may help to keep your immune system running strong. Some of the best foods are of course, fruits and vegetables. These produce items listed may just help you and your family keep bugs at bay:

1. Citrus Fruits, kiwi, Bell Peppers & Broccoli for Vitamin C

2. Broccoli—supercharged with an arsenal of vitamins and minerals. Packed with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as numerous antioxidants, broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables you can put on your table. The key to keeping its power intact is to cook it as little as possible — or better yet, not at all!

3. Garlic . Garlic’s immune-boosting properties come from a heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin.

4. Ginger-Ginger is another ingredient many turn to after they've caught a cold. However, like vitamin C, ginger may also help prevent that cold from taking hold in the first place. Ginger packs some heat in the form of gingerol, a relative of capsaicin. Capsaicin gives chili peppers their distinctive heat. Ginger may help decrease chronic pain and may possess cholesterol-lowering properties.

5. Spinach is rich in vitamin C. It's also packed with numerous antioxidants and beta carotene, which may increase the infection-fighting capability of our immune systems. Similar to broccoli, spinach is best cooked as little as possible so that its nutrients are retained. Light cooking enhances its vitamin A and reduces oxalic acid.


We have all of these superfoods on the menu or available to add to your order this week. Add chopped ginger and garlic to your order this week. Or, go for fresh. We have both.


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