Foods That Can Fight A Cold:
Oily fish—including salmon, tuna, and mackerel—are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, compounds that help reduce harmful inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation prevents your immune system from working properly, and can contribute to colds and flu as well as more serious diseases.
Eating raw garlic can help you avoid a cold and insure a speedy recovery. When it comes to a cold or flu, modern medicine can’t really do much for you. Antibiotics are only helpful for bacterial infections. But garlic can help remedy the infection, cutting down on your sick time and helping to prevent any secondary infections like a sinus infection.
Eating lots of citrus—whether that entails digging in to orange and grapefruit slices, or using lemons and limes in recipes—will provide plenty of cold boosting Vitamin C. Don’t worry about overdoing it, since it’s very hard to overdose on vitamin C. Anything your body doesn’t use is just washed right out of your system.
Probiotics, the healthy bacteria in yogurt, have been linked to strong immune systems and a lower risk for gum disease and even some cancers. But not all yogurts have enough of the good stuff. The National Yogurt Association’s Live & Active Cultures seal appears on some cartons that do (such as Yoplait). Add honey for a lift. It contains prebiotics, a carb that helps yogurt’s bugs thrive.
All tea—black, green, or white—contains a group of antioxidants known as catechins, which may have flu-fighting properties. In a 2011 Japanese study, people who took catechin capsules for five months had 75% lower odds of catching the flu than people taking a placebo.
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