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Join NCH and Whole Foods Market for this educational program on how to improve nutrition while managing the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. It's open to individuals going through or about to begin cancer treatment, as well as caregivers and family members.
Date: Friday, March 8, 2011
RSVP: Whole Foods Market in Palatine at 847.776.8080 by March 4
For Information: Click here


The foods you eat can help you fight off illness. Here's how to get cooking

With all of the snow and cold we've experienced this year, the desire to spend time in the kitchen preparing warm, sumptuous meals for family and friends has probably never been stronger. You can make this culinary urge work to your advantage, nutritionists say, by choosing foods that boost your immune system, which may help to prevent colds and flu.

Fresh fruits and vegetables contain strong immunity boosters, such as vitamins C and E and zinc, which, when consumed year-round as part of a well-balanced diet, provide your body greater fighting power against common viruses.

"The body needs the best high-quality whole foods," says Rebecca Katz, author of One Bite at a Time: Nourishing Recipes for People with Cancer, Survivors, and Their Caregivers. "I'll applaud anyone who can get fruit and veggies into their diet on a regular basis."

1. Vitamin C

Benefits: Protects cells by neutralizing the damaging effects of cancer-causing free radicals. Plus, it promotes resistance to infection, increases white blood cell production and is important to immune system balance.

Tasty sources: Citrus, berries, kiwi, cantaloupe, red and green bell peppers, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, red cabbage, kale, parsley, broccoli, papaya and spinach

2. Vitamin E

Benefits: Combats cell membrane damage and protects against viral infections like the common cold.

Tasty sources: Green leafy vegetables, sunflower seeds and oil, almonds and hazelnuts, whole grains and avocados

3. Zinc

Benefits: Stimulates the immune system and inhibits viruses by increasing the number of infection-fighting T-cells.

Tasty sources: Beans, pumpkin seeds, ginger root, pecans, split peas, Brazil nuts, whole grains, almonds, walnuts, parsley, garlic and carrots

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Last Updated 04/10/2009