There is something in the air this time of year—when late summer welcomes early fall. As the mornings turn crisp and the kids start shopping for back to school supplies, the foods the body craves turn from light and summer sweet to hearty and autumn robust, meaning they’re just what the doctor ordered to prepare your immunity for the impending influenza season ahead.
Here are eight of autumn’s finest immune boosting foods…
The bright orange cucurbita, a vegetable in the same family as squashes and gourds, is the perfect immune strengthener for fall. Not only does pumpkin blend nicely into desserts, hearty casseroles, stews, soups, and curries, this versatile veggie is jam-packed with all sorts of essential nutrients that will guard the body against colds and germs—such as vitamin C, folate, antioxidants, zinc, beta-carotene, and even heart-healthy omega 3 fats.