It’s time to ditch the powder! Paired with healthy lifestyle habits, a diet rich in germ-fighting foods can help keep the sniffles away. When you have a cold or flu like symptoms, it’s only natural that you’d want to believe that a little packet of Emergen-C would be enough to chase away the sniffles and get you back on your feet. Sure, it’s packed with 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C, as well as zinc, manganese, and B vitamins, but the truth is, Emergen-C is far from a cure-all.
Find it In: Oysters, dark meat turkey, legumes, yogurt, mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, nuts, seeds. Harvard University has recently identified five micronutrients that are key to maintaining a healthy immune system. And oft-overlooked zinc, a nutrient that helps bolster the immune-boosting powers of vitamin C, makes the cut. Since your body doesn’t produce the nutrient on it’s own, you have to get it through your diet. The goods news is that you don’t even need mega-amounts to enjoy the immune-boosting benefits.