Immune Boosters From The Produce Department

November 4, 2022|
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In California, we’re lucky to have an abundance of fresh produce year-round. This means we can tap into the healing properties of fresh fruits and vegetables anytime we want! Next time you’re at the store, be sure to stock up on these healthful ingredients:

Red Peppers & Citrus

Citrus fruits contain heaps of vitamin C, and their sweet tartness adds zest to a dreary winter day. Did you know that red peppers can contain as much as twice the vitamin C as citrus!


Make a spicy tea of ginger root a few times a week to help support your immune system. Ginger has antibacterial and antiviral properties, and is rich in antioxidants. For several thousand years, it has been used to aid in digestion, and reduce nausea and inflammation.


Edible fungi have been shown in studies to increase the production and activity of white blood cells, and many culinary mushrooms have additional health-promoting properties. For example, button mushrooms contain vitamin D and shiitake mushrooms are a good source of vitamin B.


Lightly steamed broccoli contains phytonutrients that may help reduce inflammation and aid in detoxification. You’ll also benefit from a powerful wallop of vitamin K and vitamin A- a combo that helps to keep our vitamin D metabolism in balance.

Further Reading

Power Up Your Immune System by Dr. Michelle Perro

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Phytonutrients: The Power of Plant Foods

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Guide to Winter Squash

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