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It’s that time of the year again – cold and flu season! One of the simplest things you can do to prevent illness this winter is to load up on superfoods that will give your immune system a boost and keep you healthy during cold weather.
Researchers have found that infection-fighting nutrients like Vitamin C, selenium, beta-glucans, and zinc work even better if taken in before symptoms start. This means that you can take in certain foods that will help keep you well and protect you against colds and flu. So, if you are concerned about your health this winter season, you should consider loading up on these superfoods.

You Got Yogurt?

Probiotics are live active cultures that are found in yogurt. These are healthy bacteria that keep your intestines free from disease-causing germs. And studies show that this specific probiotic stimulates white cell production, making it easier for your body to ward off infection. Many researchers report that one daily 7-ounce dose of yogurt is equivalent to the supplement form. What’s more, yogurt is loaded with calcium for making your bones strong and healthy.

Overcome with Oats!

If you want to come out on the winning side this flu season, eat your oats! These grains contain beta-glucan, the fiber with antioxidant and antimicrobial abilities. Experts tell us that oats will boost immunity and speed up wound healing because of the beta-glucan they contain. Eat them for breakfast, make cookies with them, or use them for oat bread.  

Find out about Fish!

Shellfish contain selenium, an important infection-fighting nutrient. Selenium helps the white blood cells produce cytokines proteins that will remove flu viruses from the body. Sources include lobster, clam, crab, oysters, salmon, and mackerel. These shellfish also are rich in omega-3 fats which reduce inflammation and protect the lungs from respiratory infections like colds and flu.

Choose Chicken Soup!

Your mom knew it was good for you. That’s why she fixed it when you had the sniffles. How chicken soup works is that it contains the amino acid cysteine that is released from the chicken during cooking. This blocks the migration of inflammatory white cells. This chemically resembles the bronchitis drug acetylcysteine which helps keep the mucus thin and speed up the healing process. To boost this superfood’s power, add garlic and onions.  Not only will it taste great, it will work better.

Time for Tea!

A recent study found that people who drank around five cups a day of black tea for two weeks had 10 times more virus-fighting interferon in their bloodstream than those who drank a placebo drink. This Harvard research tells us that the amino acid, L-theanine, is abundant in black and green teas and is the responsible agent for the immune boost.

Serve Sweet Potatoes

Your skin is an important part of your immune system. It is your first-line fortress against pathogen and covers around 15 square feet of your body surface. For healthy skin, your body needs Vitamin A, a major player in the production of connective tissue. One of the easiest ways to get this essential vitamin into your body is by eating sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are great as a side dish or can be baked into casseroles and dinner dishes.