What is your best protection against cold? Eat the food that can help you fight it!

food for flu protection



 

Orange juice

If you want to get rid of cold in two days, you should opt for orange juice. Orange juice (fresh squeezed) contains a lot of vitamin C (120 mg per cup), which is one of the best vitamins to fight cold. Orange juice also boosts your zinc, which is important for the immune system. However, do not be fooled with orange juice, because drinking it will not prevent cold, it will help you fight it and prevent infections that are more serious.

 

Bell peppers

Peppers are the oldest medicine to fight cold and other infection. As well as oranges, bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C, and will protect your immune system.

 

Garlic

Garlic has great properties – it is antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral. Garlic is one of the best foods that can help prevent cold and any secondary infections, such as sinus infection for instance.

 

Green tea

Although the first thing that crosses one’s mind when having a cold is drinking a tea, green tea has other important benefits that can help prevent cold and other infections. Green tea is rich in compounds (flavonoids, catechins, and polyphenols) that have antioxidant, antimicrobial, alkalizing and immune boosting qualities. Some of these compounds directly kill certain bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

 

Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are loaded with zinc, a powerful mineral that is very important for immune system protection. The seeds are important because they reduce the duration of cold symptoms.

 

Ground cinnamon

Cinnamon stimulates circulation and relieves pain. Honey and cinnamon are the most popular remedy for cold, although some use it in combination with ginger.

 

Cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper can reduce symptoms of sore throat congestion, fever, and common cold. Consuming it, raw or in dried powder form, breathing becomes easier and sinus or nasal infection loosens.  Vitamin A is the key vitamin in cayenne pepper that helps the body to protect against infections. When suffering from colds, one can also suffer from high fever and cayenne pepper can help with it because it can naturally cool of the body and reduce the body core temperature.

 

Cranberries

Cranberries have powerful antioxidants that help reduce the risk of getting infections.  They are also great for the immune system protection.