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The essential role of superfoods in fortifying the body against illness | The Indian Express

The essential role of superfoods in fortifying the body against illness

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Superfoods bolster the body's defenses against colds and coughs, offering essential nutrients, antioxidants, and boosting immune function.

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Dr G Sushma, consultant – clinical dietician, CARE Hospitals, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, said incorporating superfoods into daily diet enhances the body's ability to fight infections and ensures a robust immune system.

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Citrus fruits (e.g., oranges, grapefruits, lemons) are rich in vitamin C, crucial for immune system support, with additional antioxidant and skin health benefits.

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Berries (e.g., blueberries, strawberries, raspberries) are packed with antioxidants and offer benefits for heart health and cognitive function.

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Garlic, containing allicin, has antimicrobial properties supporting immune function and additional benefits like anti-inflammatory effects and potential blood pressure reduction.

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Turmeric, with curcumin, is known for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It supports the immune system and joint health and has potential anti-cancer effects.

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Yogurt, rich in probiotics, supports gut health and provides calcium and protein.

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Spinach, high in vitamins A and C, antioxidants, iron, folate, and fiber, supports overall immune function and heart health.

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Almonds, containing vitamin E, offer antioxidant benefits for cell membrane integrity, along with healthy fats, magnesium, and protein.

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