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Subject:  5 Great Immune-Boosting Foods Date:  10/2/2012  11:48 AM
Author:  lindytoes Number:  45699 of 73675

I just baked some pumpkin seeds for Art and Bonnie. I didn't know they are supposed to be immune boosting. Nice to know.
5 Great Immune-Boosting Foods
Eat these and stay healthy this winter

Lean beef
It's full of iron and zinc, two nutrients that help protect against infection by bacteria, viruses and parasites

Like beef, beans and peas are good sources of immune-boosting iron and zinc, but they're also loaded with vitamin B6, which helps create infection-fighting white blood cells called lymphocytes. You can double the amount of iron you absorb from legumes by combining them with as little as 25 mg of vitamin C — the amount in 1/4 cup of broccoli.

Asian mushrooms — including shiitake and oyster mushrooms — contain beta-glucans, carbohydrates that can spur production of virus-attacking white blood cells, a study in the European Journal of Applied Physiology found. White button mus