Five foods important in winters, but you did not know

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We are always apprehensive about winters. The right foods and the right clothes are the first step to a happy winter. Take a look at these foods which can help you fight winters, boost your immunity and make winters less treacherous.
Oatmeal
Oatmeal is much more than just a convenient breakfast food; it provides nutrients that are essential during winter. Oatmeal is high in zinc (important for proper immune function) and soluble fibre (associated with heart health).
Pumpkin
Pumpkin is a type of winter squash as it is called in America. It is high in beta-carotene which is converted into vitamin A. Studies show that vitamin A can strengthen your immune system and help fight infections. Conversely, people with a vitamin A deficiency can have a weaker immune system.
Pumpkin is also high in vitamin C, which has been shown to increase white blood cell production, help immune cells work more effectively and make wounds heal faster.
It is also relatively low in calories, as it is 94% water.

Pumpkin contains the antioxidants alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin and many others, which may protect your cells against damage by free radicals.
Pumpkin is also a good source of vitamin E, iron and folate — all of which have been shown to aid the immune system as well.
Bananas
It is one of the best sources of potassium, it also helps maintain blood pressure during winter. Rich in fibre and packed with vitamins, it helps in improving immunity.

Broccoli and cauliflower
Broccoli and cauliflower are both high in vitamin C, which is associated with enhanced immune function. They may be your top defence against winter sickness.

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