Nature has provided us with a cornucopia of molecules capable of influencing our health. But when it comes to immunity superfoods, we need to go beyond the “boost” and instead look for foods that help us balance and rejuvenate our immune function.
Salmon, for example, contains not just high levels of omega-3 fatty acids (which is linked to pathways involved in immune balance), but also astaxanthin, a xanthophyll carotenoid with multiple effects on immune function. Similarly, the ancient pseudocereal Himalayan Tartary buckwheat contains fiber and flavonoids like quercetin, hesperidin and luteolin which have been studied for their effects on immune balance
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