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Nutrition to the rescue! These flu-fighting foods pack a punch
Whether there’s a flu outbreak or The Walking Dead apocalypse, here’s a hint: raid the supermarket first – amazing wellness aids line its shelves. “We know which nutrients support immunity, so we should base our diets on foods that contain them,” says Dr Elson Haas, co-author of Ultimate Immunity. Next time you feel like a zombie – or the mere inkling of the sniffles comes around – scarf down these germ slayers and stay safe.
A zinc deficiency can make immune cells less responsive, according to a 2015 study in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. A good way to make sure you get enough: eat one of these molluscs cooked or slurp two raw. Either will take care of your recommended daily value. Not a fan? Make a heaping half-cup of wheatgerm your morning meal.
This tropical wonder stimulates antibodies and fights infection (thanks, vitamin A). Plus, in a study on animals, researchers found that it may boost the T-cells that control inflammation.
These little pods deliver a hefty dose of omega-3 fatty acids, which can reduce inflammation and are helpful in preventing diseases such as Alzheimer’s and depression.
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Eating a single serving of these ’shrooms daily can reduce your levels of inflammatory proteins and enhance gamma delta T-cell function, both markers of improved immunity, shows a study from the University of Florida.
Okay, fine – it may wreck your breath, but it’ll do the same to germs. Data published in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology indicates that the stinky stuff’s key compound has beaucoup antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Meet the new all-stars of the mixed-nut jar. They’re the top food source of selenium, a potent antioxidant that is needed for nearly all aspects of the immune system to function, per the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. One nut – that’s all you need for the whole day.