Here Are Nigerian Foods To Boost Your Immune System
Here are Nigerian foods to boost your immune system.
By now it is no longer news that your immune system has a lot to do with how your body fights and recovers from the coronavirus ravaging the world at the moment. As a result, this has led to a heightened need in people to boost their immune systems through natural sources like food as a form of precaution. Find out different foods to boost your immune system.
Foods to boost your immune system
According to the Dietitians Association of Nigeria, no single food item can prevent or cure coronavirus at present. The dieticians said their association and relevant regulatory agencies have also not approved any single supplement or combinations to prevent, treat or cure coronavirus.
“There is no evidence that any supplement or health product will protect the body against the coronavirus,” the association said in a statement. “Nigerians are hence advised to be wary of unregulated supplement claims.”
However, they did confirm that there are diets that would support the body's immune system to effectively fight infections. To that effect, they answered questions on which foods one might eat to help boost the immune system against the coronavirus.
Which foods should I eat?
For your immune system to properly function, it depends on macro and micronutrients. Which means you're going to need many food sources. According to the Dietitians Association, these nutrients cannot be sourced from a single food but by consuming a variety of healthy foods.
Examples of these nutrients include proteins, vitamins A, B6, B12, C and D, copper, folate, iron, selenium and zinc, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, etc. Below are food groups from which these nutrients can be obtained:
- Cereals and grains:
The foods in this group include rice, maize, wheat, bread, pasta, hungry rice (acha), sorghum and others.
- Roots, tubers and plantain
Foods in these groups include yam, cassava, garri, fufu, plantain, elubo and others.
- Legumes and nuts
Examples of foods in this group include beans, bambara nut (okpa), yam, bean (Azam or Ijiriji or Ozaki), soybeans, walnut, cashew nut, groundnut and others.
- Meat, poultry and fish
Examples of foods in this category include beef, chicken, eggs, fish and meat.
- Milk and milk products
Foods in this category include milk, yoghurt, cheese, nono, and other milk products.
Foods in this group include banana, avocado pear, mango, watermelon, pawpaw, orange, apple, African star apple (udara or agbalumo), Velvet Tamarind (icheku, awin, tsamiya) and many other common ones.
Include all leaves used in cooking meals, carrots, garden eggs, cucumber, green beans, onions and many others.
Drink clean uncontaminated water, at least three litres a day (about six sachets). Also, do not wait until you are thirsty before looking for water.
The trick is to go for diets with an adequate supply of nutrients such as minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, protein and fibre. Sleep well, exercise as much as you can, be consistent with these diets and avoid smoking. With this kind of healthy lifestyle, you would need no supplement to boost your immune system.