Your passion for healthy living brought you here - let's keep talking!

Sign up for our FREE Healthy Living newsletter to get the latest health news, nutrition tips, special offers, and delicious recipes from Health.com

X

Superfoods That Fight Colds

Trying to avoid colds and flu? From oysters to sweet potatoes, these foods can help.
oysters-for-cold

Credit: Getty Images

3 of 21

Oysters

Zinc, an essential mineral, has a strong track record of fighting the common cold. A comprehensive review of the research, published in a Canadian medical journal in 2012, concluded that taking zinc lozenges appears to shorten the duration of cold symptoms in adults.

Zinc supplements carry a risk of side effects such as nausea and headaches, however. A better bet, says Ansel, may be to get zinc straight from your diet. Oysters contain more of the nutrient per serving than any other food—but if you're concerned about staying healthy, you might not want to eat them raw. "Uncooked shellfish could contain harmful bacteria that could make you sick in other ways," Ansel says.

Next: Garlic

Previous
Next
» View All

Get the latest health, fitness, anti-aging, and nutrition news, plus special offers, insights and updates from Health.com!

More Ways to Connect with Health
Advertisement