As the cold weather drags on and the holiday festivities give way to the winter doldrums, it’s easy to catch a cold. Our immune system’s defenses slow down during the colder months and it becomes harder to ward off infection. The best foods to eat if you feel like you’re coming down with something (or want to fend off any bugs in general) are those that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants; in other words, superfoods. Here are five superfoods that you’ll want to load up on during the tough winter ahead.
Vitamin C isn’t a magical cure-all, but loading up on it as soon as you feel yourself coming down with something can shorten your cold. And don’t be afraid of overdosing on it; anything your body doesn’t need is flushed out of your system.
Inflammation in the body can compromise your immune system. Luckily, oily fish like tuna, salmon, and mackerel are full of omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce inflammation. Oysters are also loaded with zinc, which is the active ingredient in cold-shortening lozenges like Cold-Eeze.
Milk is full of vitamin D, which builds strong bones, guards against heart disease, and bolsters the immune system.
Turkey breast, chicken breast, and pork loin are loaded with lean protein, which doesn’t just build muscle, but also fights infection and builds antibodies as well.
Antioxidant-rich foods are great at boosting the immune system, and wild blueberries have more antioxidants than any other fresh fruit.