12 Super Foods that Fight a Summer Cold Like Crazy (You’ll Love #8!)

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7. Pumpkin Seeds

One thing about a summer cold– they can’t stand up in the face of zinc. Think of zinc as kryptonite to a Super summer cold. Pumpkin seeds are packed with zinc! They also contain antimicrobial compounds, which can also help to kill off even more of these viruses. Just a handful a day will give you all the zinc you need each day so grab a handful as a snack, or add them to some salads, soups, or sprinkle them over some vegetable dishes for a cold fighting taste treat.


8. Blueberries

Talk about a tasty way to kick a cold! Blueberries are simply overflowing with antioxidants that naturally help the body fight off a summer cold. You know those disease-fighting antioxidants blueberries contain? They only increase when this fruit is frozen! These little blue jewels also pack a compound called quercetin, which are known to help your body stop from picking up those ugly little germs to begin with. It only makes sense, then, that you should keep a nice big bag of frozen blueberries in your freezer at all times. Sprinkle those little berries on everything and grab a handful now and then so you can enjoy munching on them just as they are.


9. Brazil Nuts

These big, creamy tree nuts are high in a mineral called selenium, which is known for improving the immune system as well as fighting off influenza and cold viruses. This mineral also helps to kill free radicals, which cause damage on a cellular level. Selenium also helps to form T-cells, which help to fight infection in the body naturally. Brazil nuts also have other important minerals, such as iron and zinc. Don’t overdo it, though. Just one or two Brazil nuts each day gives you all the selenium you need.

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