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#Seafood123: Flu Fighters

As the weather begins to cool down, many of us dig into comfort food like scrumptious seafood chowder or creamy pasta topped with a tilapia filet. October sparks that craving for seasonal dishes. Unfortunately, it also kicks off flu season. As the body’s first line of defense, the immune system is critical to preventing seasonal sniffles. Lucky for seafood lovers, nutrients found in fish help keep the immune system strong. Vitamin B12, found in both salmon and tuna, contributes to immune system function by keeping germs and bacteria at bay. Seafood also contains zinc, a mineral that works to boost your white blood cell count, helping to strengthen immunity. Fish like salmon, tuna and halibut are rich in omega-3s, a fatty acid that helps fight chronic inflammation. We hear about the role chronic inflammation plays in promoting diseases, but it can also wear down your immune function. So, eating 2-3 servings of seafood each week will help you meet the U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommendations AND help you fight off the flu! Be prepared to tackle flu season head-on with these Flu Fighters seafood dishes:

Flu Fighters

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