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5 African Foods to Boost Your Immune System

Foods to boost your immune system

Patrick Musyoka

May 11, 2021

Our health as the descendants of Africa is of paramount importance even as we strive to achieve Black Excellence and elevate our community.  And with the coronavirus causing a dramatic loss of human life and unprecedented interruption to our livelihood, we are all concerned with doing everything possible to be healthy and alive.

“Your health is all that matters” is a commonplace phrase in the present times, thanks to the COVID-19 health crisis.

Well, one of the easiest ways of living a healthy life is minding our diet by eating African heritage foods that boost our immune system. And while a good diet doesn’t cure diseases, it is critical for boosting our immune system to help our bodies fight illnesses.

Our African Heritage has a plethora of indigenous foods that can help in strengthening our immune system. Now, Let’s dive and know what African foods can help Africans in Diaspora and those on the home continent develop a robust immune system.

1 - Pumpkin

Did you know that pumpkin leaves can make wounds heal faster? Well, pumpkin leaves are low in calories and rich in vitamin A and C, iron, and calcium. These nutrients make pumpkins essential for boosting our immune system, besides their magic in increasing blood volume.

The pumpkins have high beta-carotene levels, which, when it gets into your body, is turned into vitamin A. This ant-inflammation vitamin helps greatly boost our immunity against infections. Vitamin A also enhances wounds heal faster by facilitating the growth and development of cells.

2 - African Pears

These bush pears are common in West Africa, particularly in southeast Nigeria. They help in slowing the impacts of microorganisms on the body, among other benefits.

These are also known as bush pears and are believed to play a super role in our bodies' microbial activities. The African pears are rich in essential antioxidants and Vitamin C, making them ideal for boosting your immune system. They are very effective and active both at boiled and flesh state.

3 - Potatoes

Nutritionists posit that potato consumption can greatly help boost your immune system. Potatoes contain minerals such as manganese, calcium, iron, and phosphorus. Also, potatoes are rich in vitamins like B-Complex and C.

Particularly, when eaten cold, potatoes are known to benefit the immune system. Eating potatoes to restore electrolyte balance is the deal because they contain a high level of potassium in addition to sodium.

4 - Turmeric

The turmeric root is used to make the bright-yellow spice, mostly used in curries and sauces. It is best known for immune boosting due to the presence of curcumin that is believed to stave off viruses through supporting anti-inflammatory responses in your body.

This spice is great in cold and flu prevention, and for centuries, it has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes. For patients with osteoarthritis, curcumin present in turmeric is known to reduce pain. It is also best for people with immune disorders.

5 - Pineapples

Taking pineapples lowers our risk of both bacterial and viral infections significantly. These tropical fruits are good in boosting immunity and are rich in antioxidants, enzymes, and vitamins. They help in indigestion and enhancing strong bones. They also contain the enzyme bromelain that is believed to suppress inflammation and boost immunity.

Final Thought

African foods are essential not only in preserving our African Heritage but also in keeping us healthy – by boosting our immune system. The African Diaspora community will promote black group economics by buying African foods from black-owned businesses. We will also contribute to African development by promoting the exportation of African foods worldwide. Better still, we need a healthy community of African descendants so that we can actively participate in empowering our people to achieve #Blackexcellence.

To this end, WeAfric – an African Diaspora Social Network – comes in handy to bring continental and historical Africans together. We seek to unite people with intense melanin worldwide to achieve excellence by promoting our health and leveraging on the magic of Black group economics.

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