Parents know that a sure way to boost their children’s immune system is to load them up on fruits and vegetables. Many parents are met with resistance in that regard, and are sometimes pushed to just throw in the towel. Children, however, simply cannot strengthen their virus and bacteria fighting capabilities without fruits and veggies.
The immune system is made up of many parts. You’ve got the lymph nodes and vessels, the spleen, white blood cells, the skin and mucosal membranes of the respiratory tract. The immune system relies on proteins, lipids, vitamins and minerals to strengthen and maintain. The vitamins and minerals required are abundant in some vegetables, among other foods.
Two often overlooked common veggies that may not be well-known for their immunity-boosting powers are carrots and potatoes. Carrots contain vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, B vitamins as well as minerals and antioxidants that help the body fight free radicals, cell damage and inflammation.
While potatoes may not be the first to spring to mind when it comes to fighting the flu, the vegetable is considered rich in vitamin C, and B-complex vitamins, and contains good doses of magnesium and potassium.
These vitamins and minerals found in carrots and potatoes are key to strengthening your child’s immune system, so make sure to incorporate them in fun and different ways in your child’s diet.