Traditionally, Native Americans used it to treat infections, while the ancient Egyptians used it to improve their complexions and heal burns. It’s still gathered and used in folk medicine across many parts of Europe.


Vitamin C is powerful antioxidant that can strengthen your body’s natural defenses. Antioxidants are molecules that boost the immune system. They do so by protecting cells from harmful molecules called free radicals.


Zinc is considered an essential nutrient, meaning that your body can’t produce or store it. You must get a constant supply through your diet. You can also take zinc supplements or multi-nutrient supplements that provide zinc.