Incorporate these berries in your diet for a quick immune boost

Keep illness at bay with the right dietary choices.

Are you already bracing yourself for the onslaught of coughing and sneezing that characterizes this time of year? If you're particularly prone to illness in the cooler months, you'll be happy to know that there are choices you can make now that may improve your chances of getting through the next few months with nary a sniffle. Recently, we touched on how probiotics and other compounds that keep your digestive tract running smoothly can also be a boon for your body's natural defenses against disease. Now, an extensive study on immune-boosting natural compounds has revealed two heavy hitters you can easily add to your diet.

In a study of 466 different naturally occurring elements, researchers from Oregon State University have clocked on two compounds that simply blew the rest out of the water in terms of immune-boosting capability. One is resveratrol, which we've covered many times before on this blog. This compound, which is derived from red grapes, is what gives a glass of wine its heart-healthy component. In the latest study, scientists revealed that resveratrol can also work in conjunction with vitamin D to stimulate the expression of a certain peptide that promotes immune function.

According to a press release, resveratrol and a compound found in blueberries called pterostilbene were both shown to produce this effect.

"Continued research could lead to a better understanding of how diet and nutrition affect immune function, and possibly lead to the development of therapeutically useful natural compounds that could boost the innate immune response," the press release states.

Though further research is necessary to determine if this finding holds, you can never go wrong by incorporating more nutrient-rich produce in your diet. Contact the anti-aging doctors at Longevity Centres of America in Houston today to learn more about how the choices you make everyday can affect your health and aging longevity.