Feeling a bit under the weather? If so, you’re not alone – the Center for Disease Control stated that during the last week of December cases of influenza (the common Flu) rose by 60 percent.

To help you fight off a possible cold or even the flu, we have put together a list of our top 5 superfoods that contain many of the minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that you may be needing. These will keep your immune system strong and give your body the resources it needs to fight off infection.

Top Superfoods That Fight Colds and Boost your Immune System



Garlic is not just an amazing aromatic, it also contains a sulfuric compound called allicin that produces powerful antioxidants when it decomposes. To get the most powerful dose of antioxidants from garlic you should eat it raw, but if the taste is too strong then you should consider aged garlic extract capsules.

Citrus Fruits


Citrus fruits (such as Oranges, Lemons, Grapefruits and Limes) contain large amounts of vitamin C. Vitamin C is useful in cold prevention and, when taken at first sign of illness, can help reduce a cold’s duration by about a day. Try to load up on these fruits and do not worry too much about overdoing it, your body washes out all the unused vitamins and makes it very difficult to overdose on them. If getting fresh fruit is tough for you, try these vitamin C chewable tablets.

Oily Fish


Oily fish such as tuna, salmon and mackerel are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that help to reduce harmful inflammation in the body. If left unchecked, inflammation will prevent your immune system from working properly, which can contribute to developing colds and flus. If you do not have access to fresh fish, you can always take fish oil omega-3 capsules.



While it may seem odd, eating certain types of bacteria is essential to good health. Eating probiotic foods such as Yogurt or Kafir are good ways to restock on the beneficial bacteria that your body needs. The bacteria in yogurt will encourage positive digestive health and help prevent stomach ailments.

Oats – Oatmeal


Oats, whether eaten as oatmeal in a bowl or in your favorite bar, contain a fiber called beta-glucan which is known for lowering cholesterol and boosting your immune system. Both of these effects will be sure to help keep you healthy or speed up the recovery process!

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