5 Ways to Get Rid of a Cold

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

Most healthy adults can count on their immune systems to fight off infection, but even the heartiest immune system can't fight off every infection. You can give it a little support when trying to fight off a cold by supplementing your diet with vitamins and minerals. Let's start with the first cold-fighter that comes to mind for most of us: vitamin C.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, and like other antioxidants such as vitamin E, selenium and beta-carotene (which the body turns into vitamin A), it helps keep our bodies free from infection and fight off infections that do strike. Don't consider them protection from colds, though -- while there are conflicting results about the ability of vitamin C to protect you from catching a cold, the vitamin will likely only help to reduce your symptoms.

In addition to adding more antioxidant-rich foods and supplements to your cold-fighting diet, also consider zinc. While the verdict is still out, zinc may help your body produce more white blood cells, your immune system's key infection fighters.