What it is?
The common cold is something that we have all had, and its presence has plagued mankind from beginning of time. The common cold is a highly contagious infection that often starts out as throat irritation and stuffy nose, and culminated in red, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, sore throat and general fatigue and malaise. Colds rarely cause serious complications.
The flu virus is certainly more dangerous than the common cold. Flu symptoms include muscle aches, joint pain, high fever, headache, sore throat…
How food may help?
For both the common cold and the flu, drinking plenty of fluids, getting lots of rest, and eating nutritious foods are important keys to hastening recovery. Establishing a nourishing stockpile of protective foods can also be the main line of defense in the difficult task of preventing a cold or flu.
Luteolin, a flavonoid in rosemary, sage, thyme, and artichokes, may act as a natural antihistamine by interfering with the release of histamine. Studies show that the flavonoid quercetin creates a similar result.
To fight off viruses that cause these two illnesses, it is helpful to maintain a strong immune system. Folk medicine advocates the use of garlic.
The immune-bolstering properties of vitamin C and zinc may help your body combat both the common cold as well as the flu. Try also to eat foods rich in the antioxidant mineral selenium.
Your Food Arsenal
Apples, berries, plums & prunes, red onions - rich in quercetin. This flavonoid may receive congestion by reducing the release of histamine.
Citrus fruit, kiwifruit, peppers, strawberries - rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C, by maintaining a strong immune system, may prevent the onset of these viruses, and it may also reduce the duration of symptoms.
Cashews - rich in zinc. Zinc may reduce the severity of symptoms and shorten the duration of the common cold.
Fight Back With Food, Reader’s Digest