8. Oats and Barley
These grains contain beta-glucan, which increases white blood cell activity. It also boosts immunity in general, helps with wound healing, and may increase the effectiveness of antibiotics. Try Berry Overnight Oats or an Herb Barley Salad to work them into your diet.
Shrimp is rich in selenium, which tells the immune system to work harder and helps bronchial cells pump mucus. Along with other selenium-rich foods, it can lessen the severity of illness. Try out our Shrimp and Spinach Pasta for a tasty seafood dinner.
Beef contains zinc, and even the smallest zinc deficiency can weaken the immune system. Zinc plays a role in preventing infection and producing white blood cells, so make sure to get enough of it. These Crock Pot Low-Fat Beef Stew and Asian Beef and Broccoli recipes are healthy ways to get those nutrients.
These little guys, especially shiitake mushrooms, contain beta-glucan like oats and barley. Mushrooms also are a great source of antioxidants and can increase immune system activity. Start your day off right with this 5-Ingredient Baked Egg Mushroom breakfast.
Ginger is a great source of antioxidants, like many of the items on this list. A couple of antibiotics are naturally found in ginger, and it also kills harmful bacteria when ingested. Add these Garlic Ginger Green Beans to your meal for a tasty side dish.
All types of ginseng are known to stimulate the immune system, and may also increase the number of immune cells. Ginseng has many other health benefits and may be worth keeping around for those as well.
Turmeric can boost the immune system and has anti-bacterial properties all on its own. It can be mixed into food or simply drunk as a tea, giving you options on how to consume it. Try out our Immune Booster Turmeric Tea to help fight off any illness.
15. Acai Berry
Acai berry was notorious for a while because of its antioxidants, but it ended up being a good thing! It also happens to be rich in vitamin C, which is also valuable in fighting illness.