Good nutrition is essential to a strong immune system, which may offer protection from seasonal illnesses such as the flu. Eat a wide variety of these nutrients to boost your immunity.
- Protein is part of the body’s defense mechanism – seafood, lean meat, poultry, eggs, beans and peas, soy products, and unsalted nuts and seeds.
- Vitamin A helps protect your skin and body tissues – sweet potatoes; carrots; kale; spinach; red bell peppers, apricots; eggs or foods labeled as vitamin-A fortified, such as milk or cereal.
- Vitamin C helps to boost antibody formation – citrus fruits, or foods fortified with vitamin C, including some cereals.
- Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals– fortified cereals, sunflower seeds, almonds, vegetable oils, hazelnuts, peanut butter or spinach.
- Zinc helps with wound healing – lean meat, poultry, seafood, milk, whole grains, beans and nuts.
- Including vitamin B6, folate, selenium and iron, as well as prebiotics and probiotics, may strengthen your immune system.