Learn the best foods to fight, treat, and beat a cold or the flu.
Try: Chicken Soup
Grandma’s favorite remedy contains cysteine, a compound that helps thin mucus and relieve congestion. A serving may also reduce inflammation in the lungs.
Cool, creamy yogurt and other dairy products are rich in zinc, which supports the immune system.
Try: Citrus and Berries
Vitamin C won’t prevent colds, but studies show that eating foods rich in it may get you back to normal more quickly. It also has a slight antihistaminic effect, which may reduce nasal symptoms.
Garlic, turmeric, hot peppers, and other strong flavorings can help break up nasal and sinus congestion.
Try: Red Meat and Oysters
Choose these for your protein; they’re good sources of zinc.