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Immune-Boosting Foods

March 17, 2020

Nutrition can help keep your immune system strong! Some key nutrients for a healthy immune system include protein, vitamins such as Vitamin A, C, & E, and minerals such as Zinc. The good news is you can get these nutrients from a variety of sources.

  • Eat a variety of protein foods such as lean meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, beans, soy, nuts, or seeds. Most of these are also a good source of Zinc.
  • Vitamins A and C are available in many different fruits and vegetables. Remember all forms count-fresh, frozen or canned!
  • Vitamin E can be found in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, and green leafy vegetables.
  • Staying hydrated is also important for a healthy immune system—drink your water!

Of course, good nutrition does not take the place of practicing proper hygiene, but can be one more tool to help keep you healthy.

Check out these immune-boosting recipes:

Healthy Pantry Initiative* and PA Eats Partnership

The Pennsylvania Healthy Pantry Initiative and PA Eats are working to increase the consumption of healthy foods. Nutrition education resources like the following are one way we are promoting nutrition.

* Funding provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health through the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.