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4 nutrients that can help prevent pneumonia

Proteins, foods rich in vitamin C and other nutrients that help fight pneumonia.

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti | Published : January 4, 2018 2:40 PM IST


Pneumonia is quite common, especially during winters due to the cold weather and high risk of infections. However, following few diet tips can help you to fight and even prevent pneumonia this season. Here are few nutrients you must include in your diet without fail!

Vitamin E

According to a study published in the Journal of Immunology, vitamin E holds great potential for protecting against bacterial infections like pneumonia. Vitamin E-rich diet not only kills bacterial cells in their lungs but also boosts the function of immune cells.


Several studies have reported that increasing the intake of zinc through diet or supplements can reduce the risk of pneumonia in children younger than five. Supplementation of 70 mg of zinc per week can prevent acute lower respiratory tract infection