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Take them all winter. Don’t eat much fish? Pop a daily omega-3 supplement to reap these fatty acids’ impressive immune-lifting properties. According to a British study, omega-3 fats increase the activity of phagocytes—cells that eat up bacteria and viruses. Other research shows that omega-3s increase airflow and protect lungs from colds and respiratory infections. If you’re generally healthy, take 500 mg of combined fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) every day. Try BioCeuticals UltraClean EPA/DHA Plus.
Star players in the fight against heart disease, omega-3s also boost the immune system.
Photo by Shutterstock Jun 8, 2012