During the 1918 influenza pandemic, oysters were in higher demand than toilet paper!

Can you imagine a world where, instead of toilet paper shortages and meat buying limits, we had an oyster race?

This scene was a reality during the 1918 influenza pandemic.

Oyster stocks were ubiquitous, prices skyrocketed, black markets were expanding.

Poachers were attacking oyster beds, besides you can still see remains of guard houses built in the middle of some oyster beds where guards with hunting rifles were on the lookout.

Folklore has stated that oysters could help prevent the flu. But is this a fact or a fiction?

Turns out it's a bit of both, nutrition and medical experts agree. While no food or supplement can protect you against bacteria or viruses, certain vitamins and minerals have been shown to boost your immune system, making it better able to fight off foreign invaders.

This includes coronaviruses, like the usual flu and colds. Zinc, vitamins C and E, selenium, omega 3s, and probiotics are some of the key nutrients important for immunity. They help immune system cells fend off infections.

The oyster rush of 1918 was in part due to their strong source of protein, another immune nutrient. This was also in part because oysters are the # 1 richest zinc food on the planet, providing over 500% of your daily needs in one serving. Oysters are also good sources of selenium and omega-3s.

So should we stock up on seafood like oysters? While it certainly can't hurt to mix up your protein sources and incorporate foods with these immune nutrients into your daily menu, oysters can't prevent the coronavirus. Eating a diet rich in healthy foods can certainly keep your body prepared for potential infection, there is no substitute for proper hand washing, physical distancing, and following other public health guidelines.

The best for your immune system: Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercise, get enough sleep, don't drink too much alcohol and try not to stress too much ...