8 Drinks To Support Your Immune Health
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By Scott Prisco
Certified Nutritionist

There is never a bad time to have a strong immune system!

The immune system, comprised of various organs, cells, and proteins is one of the most important biological structures in the body. It is the first line of defense against outside hazards and malicious changes that happen within.

As long as the immune system is working properly the average person will never know it’s there. When it is weak or not working, you get sick. Here are 8 drinks to support immune health that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine.

1. Green Tea

Loaded with antioxidants, it is no surprise that green tea is known as one of the best immune-boosting drinks. Green Tea is high in antioxidants, including one known as polyphenols which increases the number of regulatory T-cells In the body. T-cells play a vital role in immune function, making green tea an efficient cold, influenza, and infection fighter (1).

2. Black Tea 

Black tea contains polyphenols, catechins, and flavonoids that help the body remove free radicals in order to keep it healthy and free of toxins. Black tea also contains Potassium and Manganese, which are great for keeping the immune system strong (2). A study published in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that those who drank 20 fl. oz. of black tea per day produced five times the amount of germ-fighting immune cells as those who drank the same amount of coffee.

3. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile Tea has been used since ancient times because the Chamomile plant contains terpenoids and flavonoids that can stimulate the immune system. Studies have shown that drinking Chamomile increases levels of hippurate and glycine in the body, which are known to have antibacterial properties (3).

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5. Fresh-Squeezed Orange Juice

Fresh-squeezed orange juice is one of the best juices to boost the immune system due to its high amount of Vitamin C. One glass of fresh OJ contains an average of 125mg of Vitamin C or about 208% of the recommended daily intake. Many cells in the immune system, especially the phagocytes and t-cells need Vitamin C to carry out their duties. When the body is lacking in Vitamin C, it has a lower resistance to certain harmful substances (6) and you are more susceptible to getting sick.

6. Tomato Juice

Brimming in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and potassium, tomato juice is great for supporting a healthy immune system. Tomatoes are also high in antioxidants like lycopene, and carotenoid which protect the body’s cells and tissues from harmful molecules (7).

7. Carrot Juice

This light and refreshing juice is abundant in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that assists the mucus membranes in the body. Furthermore, keeping the immune system strong by stopping bacteria from entering the bloodstream (8).

8. Wheatgrass Juice 

Full of Iron, calcium, enzymes, magnesium, phytonutrients, 17 amino acids, vitamins A, C, E, K, and B complex, chlorophyll, and proteins, wheatgrass is packed with a powerful combination that supports overall good health. Studies have shown that wheatgrass may be able to help the body discard toxins (9). The high amounts of chlorophyll have been shown to promote a healthy liver (10).

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