Two of the most popular remedies in fighting colds and flu are orange juice and chicken noodle soup. There are, however other foods that are rich in vitamins A, C and E and other immunity boosting nutrients such as bell peppers, carrots, almonds, sweet potatoes, garlic, ginger, salmon, mushrooms and dark chocolates.
Red bell peppers are very high in vitamin C, twice as much as those found in oranges. Vitamin C helps fight off illness and reduce duration and severity of symptoms.
Carrots contain beta-carotene, which is then converted to vitamin A in the body. This helps increase T-cells which boost one’s immunity.
Almonds are known to be a rich source of vitamin E, a disease-fighting oxidant.
Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene and were found to help fight respiratory infections.
Chicken soup is known to fight common cold. It has mild anti-inflammatory properties which helps reduce production of mucus and swelling of throat. It briefly raises the body temperature, which can help combat infection.
Garlic was found to kill viruses thus preventing sickness due to its sulfur compound. However, garlic supplementation is still needed aside from eating foods enriched with garlic to get the maximum benefit.
Ginger can help combat infection due to its gingerol compound content.
Salmon is great source of fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids which help boost immunity.
Mushroom, which contains selenium, helps cure sickness and fight off infection.
Dark chocolate contains high doses of cocoa, which helps support T-cell growth and boosts immunity to help fight off infection.
MSN. Fight the flu with food. http://healthyliving.msn.com/diseases/cold-and-flu/fight-the-flu-with-food