Combat A Cold With These 4 Foods

Posted in: Basic Nutrition  on Thursday, September 28, 2017

Cold season is upon us. As the weather turns cold, it's just a matter of time before sneezing, sore throats and congestion strike. This fall, don't let your immune system fall victim to a circulating virus. Although there is no one superfood that can magically cure a cold, there are numerous foods that help to prevent and even treat minor sickness. Incorporate these four foods into your diet this fall to help regain or maintain and healthy immune system.

Yellow Bell Peppers

Vitamin C is a common go to when sickness arrives. However, vitamin C cannot actually fight off a cold. Instead, vitamin C boosts immunity and shortens the duration or severity of one’s symptoms. For a great source of vitamin C, eat more yellow bell pepper.


New studies show that omega-3 fats boost the immune system but sparking the function of immune cells. A three-ounce serving of sardines offers 1,259 milligrams of omega-3s. If sardines are not your thing, rainbow trout has roughly 900 milligrams of omega-3s and salmon contains about 840 milligrams of omega-3s. Aside from the immune boosting properties of this tiny fish, sardines reduce heart disease and inflammation in the body.

Chicken Soup

Yes, there is scientific evidence to support that your grandma wasn't crazy for feeding you copious amounts of chicken soup when sick. Aside from warm liquid being a great source of hydration, chicken soup can ease a sore throat and loosen mucus. However, further research suggest that broth, vegetables and chicken when combined in a soup contain anti-inflammatory properties that not only increase the movement of white blood cells but can shorten the duration of an upper respiratory infection.


Maitake and shiitake mushrooms in particular contain immune boosting properties. Packed full of antioxidants, selenium and vitamin B, mushrooms are an antiviral source that should be consumed regularly.  Mushrooms increase the production of the cells that fight infection. Rich in selenium, a mineral linked to decreasing advanced flu symptoms, mushrooms are your immune systems new best friend.

Don’t let a cold get you down this fall. Be active in taking care of your body and supply your immune with what it needs to stay strong. For more information on your immune system and supplements that can help, visit us at your nearest Max Muscle location.