From turmeric powder and carrots to adding oodles of dark chocolate to your diet, you can keep yourself fit and healthy this winter by stocking up on some easy-to-find superfoods.
Sonia Narang, Delhi-based nutrition expert, lists superfoods to help fight winter illnesses:
Turmeric acts as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral agent, and helps boost the overall function of our immune system. It can be taken with warm milk for maximum benefits.
2. Chia seeds
These powerful seeds are an amazing source of protein, omega 3 fatty acids and important minerals. They are best taken when soaked in water overnight.
This root vegetable contains high amounts of beta carotene which the body converts into Vitamin A — a key nutrient in immune function, helping protect against infections and reduce risks and duration of respiratory illnesses by keeping our lungs healthy. It also helps keep your skin from ageing.
It has been used for thousands of years to treatment illnesses and diseases. Its compound, allicin, has potent medicinal properties which helps combat sickness, cold and cough.
This licorice-tasting winter vegetable offers more than just a unique tang. Fennel is low in calories yet high in phytonutrient anethole, which may help boost immune response.
Packed with beneficial phytochemicals and antioxidants, beetroot protects the immune system by fighting off destructive free radicals, which harm healthy cells and their DNA.
7. Dark chocolate
Cocoa-based dark chocolate is one of the best natural sources of antioxidants, iron, magnesium and zinc. Zinc, an important trace mineral, is essential for immune function.