Nutrients to support the immune system and counteract stress: • Tea
Both green and black tea contain the flavonoids catechin and theaflavin, which are beneficial in treating autoimmune disease. • Apples
Apples (with the skin on) contain the flavonoid quercetin, which can reduce allergic reactions and decrease inflammation.
Quercetin also occurs naturally in other foods, such as berries, red grapes, red onions, capers, and black tea. • Garlic
Garlic contains a compound called allicin which supports the immune system and has both antimicrobial and antioxidant qualities. Garlic boosts your immunity, increasing your ability to fight off infection. It also helps regulate blood sugar levels.
One or two cloves of garlic a day is recommended for optimum health. • Ginger
Ginger has been taken as a medicine by numerous cultures for thousands of years. This amazing spice is anti-inflammatory and reduces pain.
Ginger contains compounds called gingerols that reduce inflammation in the body by inhibiting prostaglandin and suppressing the immune system's production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines. • Blackberries
Blackberries are jam packed with vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. Vitamin C has shown to be a powerful stress reducer that can lower blood pressure and return cortisol levels to normal faster when taken during periods of stress. • Cruciferous Vegetables
Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and kale are full of stress-relieving B vitamins. Cauliflower is also one of the very best sources of vitamin B5, or pantothenic acid.
Pantothenic acid helps turn carbohydrates and fats into usable energy and improves your ability to respond to stress by supporting your adrenal glands.