Good nutrition is essential to a strong immune system, which offers protection from seasonal illness such as the flu and other health problems including arthritis, allergies, abnormal cell development and cancers. Help protect yourself against infection and boost your immunity by including these nutrients in your eating plan.

Protein is part of the body’s defence mechanism. Eat a variety of protein foods.

Vitamin A helps regulate the immune system and protects from infections by keeping skin and tissues in the mouth, stomach, intestines and respiratory system healthy.

Vitamin C protects you from infection by stimulating the formation of antibodies and boosting immunity.

Vitamin E works as an antioxidant, neutralizes free radicals and may improve immune function. Include

Zinc helps the immune system work properly and may help wound healing.

Other nutrients, including vitamin B6, folate, selenium, iron, as well as prebiotics and probiotics, also may influence immune response.