12 foods for colds and flu pog-eye January 12, 2011 Discover the most effective edibles to boost your immune system and fight off sniffles, colds and fearsome flu bugs. By Ronita Dutta Manuka HoneyManuka honeyThe soothing and antibacterial properties of honey are widely known but Manuka honey produced by bees who feed on nectar from the flowers of New Zealand’s indigenous Manu Chocolate. Yes!Dark chocolateWoo hoo! A healthy excuse to eat chocolate at last! According to The British Journal of Nutrition dark chocolate helps to boost your immune system. Chicken soupChicken soupIt’s not just an old wives remedy, there’s enough scientific proof that chicken soup helps t From our partner CapsicumCapsicumsOranges, lemons and other citrus fruits are the best source of immune boosting Vitamin C right? Well no as it happens. Drink teaTeaYou should always up your fluid intake when you’re poorly to prevent dehydration and help flush the virus out of your system. MushroomsMushroomsThe humble mushroom is often overlooked as a nutrient rich vegetable so you may be surprised to learn mushrooms contain two excellent flu fighting substances &nda Probiotic yoghurtProbiotic yogurtProbiotic yoghurt taken as a preventative measure is an excellent way to give your immune system a healthy boost. From our partner Sweet potatoesSweet potatoesRich in immune-boosting beta-carotene which becomes Vitamin A in the body, a diet that incorporates sweet potatoes can help maintain a healthy mucus lining i GingerGingerGinger has long been used in Chinese medicine and other Asian cultures to treat infections includi GarlicGarlicGarlic with its natural antiviral and anti-bacterial agents is a flu-fighting superfood. OystersOysters This is an expensive and tricky one to work into your diet, but it’s worth baring in mind that just one oyster provides an incredible 13 milligrams of zinc - From our partner Olive leaf extractOlive leaf extract And finally, if you’re looking for a tonic or supplement to help prevent a bout of flu, forget vitamin C or garlic capsules and stock up some Oliv 1 / 12 Previous Next JOIN THE CONVERSATION FROM OUR NETWORK What's Popular 1"The light goes out in their eyes." Why a 12-year-old boy has refused to eat for 20 days. 2Australian Survivor's Zach said he always planned to be the show's villain. 3Celeb in 5: Tuesday's best entertainment and gossip news. 4"The skit on Channel 10's new show that I found deeply upsetting." 5The ‘life changing’ journey Alex Nation has had with son Elijah in the last four months. FROM OUR NETWORK Want more from mamamia?