Active Cookbook: 8 Foods and Recipes That Fight the Flu

Don't underestimate the power of a good nutrition plan. It will help you build a strong immune system when you need it the most: during flu season. In addition to staying active, getting enough rest and minimizing stress, one of the best defenses against the flu is eating right, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are several key nutrients that play a role in enhancing your immunity. Vitamin A (beta carotene) helps regulate the immune system and protects you from infections. Vitamin C stimulates the formation of antibodies and boosts immunity. Vitamin E works as an antioxidant and neutralizes free radicals. Zinc helps the immune system work properly and may help wounds heal. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties. Probiotics enhance gastrointestinal and immune health. With those facts in mind, add these eight foods and recipes to your flu-fighting nutrition plan.

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