Plant-based foods are laced with properties and antibodies that improve heart health, boost gut bacteria and ultimately boost immunity. Whether you’re trying to stay healthy, fight a fever or just prevent diseases, plant-based foods come in handy. Here are a few foods that will make you strong from within.
This close relative of the onion has long been used as a potent immune booster owing to its nutritive, antifungal and antiseptic properties. Research indicates that when used raw, garlic provides protection against common colds, coughs and chest infection. This is because garlic is a rich source of Vitamins (C, B1, and B6), minerals (phosphorus and iron) and sulfoxide alliin, which is known for its anti-bacterial properties.
A major player in European and Asian diets, cabbage is packed with valuable nutrients such as sulforaphane, a chemical that enhances the body’s production of enzymes and disarms cell-damaging free radicals, keeping the risk of cancer at bay.
Onions contain the antioxidant quercetin, which is effective in fighting free radicals. It is believed that red onions can cut the risk of stomach cancer by 50 per cent. Quercetin also fights bacteria, fungal infections and inflammation. Therefore, red onions help boost the immune system and prevent simple health issues like the common cold.
Known as lal mirch in Hindi, cayenne peppers are a type of red chilly that are used worldwide to treat heart disease. They improve blood flow and circulation, lower your cholesterol levels and detoxify your blood. The capsaicin found in cayenne peppers leads to short increases in metabolism, which is too miniscule to affect long term weight loss by itself but can boost any other weight loss measures you may take.
Kale is loaded with vitamins and minerals, and can strengthen the immune system and fight viruses and bacteria.
Besides building immunity, ginger is beneficial for absorbing nutrients in the body, opening sinuses, reducing inflammation and chest congestion.