Vitamin E rich foods help boost immune system

Vitamin E rich foods help boost immune system

A study of elderly men and women showed that the more vitamin E they had in their blood, the stronger their immunity. Vitamin E protects cells from free radicals and helps maintain a healthy immune system. But once again, it is better to choose the right foods instead of supplements. High doses can actually suppress immunity. In a study of teenagers and young adults, researchers found that taking just 300 milligrams of vitamin E daily--which is less than you'll find in some supplements--impaired their white blood cells' ability to knock out bacteria. Other studies have shown much the same thing: A little is good, a lot is not necessarily better. Healthy vitamin E sources include sweet potatoes, brown rice, and beans such as chickpeas, navy beans, and soy products. Nuts are rich in vitamin E and also a little rich in fat, so you'll want to eat them occasionally.

Healthy Eating for Life to Prevent and Treat Cancer, Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine.

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