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7 Foods That Help Your Body Fight Off Viruses

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Mura Dominko of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 2 of 8: Most of us know that vitamin C is crucial for a good immune response. But it's especially important when our bodies are under a viral attack. "There is evidence-based science that suggests boosting vitamin C and probiotics can help support recovery from viral infections," says Jennifer Tyler Lee, a nutrition expert and co-author of Half the Sugar, All the Love.The recommended daily intake of vitamin C for women is 75 milligrams, and 90 milligrams for men. To that end, increasing your consumption of vitamin C–rich foods like oranges is a good strategy during this time. But Tyler Lee notes other foods we may not think of as potent vitamin C sources are really good options, too. "It's not just citrus fruits that deliver a dose of this immune-boosting vitamin. Other common foods, that are likely already in your fridge or freezer, can give a boost to your immune system: strawberries, mangoes, and green vegetables including spinach, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts" she notes.So get to juicing and cooking! Try our 5 Recipes for Brussels Sprouts, Mango-Ginger Overnight Oats, The Easiest Garlic-Lemon Spinach, and 15-Minute Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli.

1. Foods rich in vitamin C

Most of us know that vitamin C is crucial for a good immune response. But it's especially important when our bodies are under a viral attack. "There is evidence-based science that suggests boosting vitamin C and probiotics can help support recovery from viral infections," says Jennifer Tyler Lee, a nutrition expert and co-author of Half the Sugar, All the Love.

The recommended daily intake of vitamin C for women is 75 milligrams, and 90 milligrams for men. To that end, increasing your consumption of vitamin C–rich foods like oranges is a good strategy during this time. But Tyler Lee notes other foods we may not think of as potent vitamin C sources are really good options, too. "It's not just citrus fruits that deliver a dose of this immune-boosting vitamin. Other common foods, that are likely already in your fridge or freezer, can give a boost to your immune system: strawberries, mangoes, and green vegetables including spinach, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts" she notes.

So get to juicing and cooking! Try our 5 Recipes for Brussels Sprouts, Mango-Ginger Overnight Oats, The Easiest Garlic-Lemon Spinach, and 15-Minute Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli.

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