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Foods that Prevent and Treat the Common Flu

The hot and humid climate has already begun, so it’s time to boost your immunity to keep away the common flu. The common flu is an infectious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Its onset is sudden and can be from mild to severe. It causes a cough, cold, fever and chills. And all these inflictions can make one feel really miserable. Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants coming from all the food groups are the major nutrients which enhance immunity and provide protection against the flu.

Foods that Prevent Common Flu

Listed below as such food:



How it Prevents Common Flu


Oily fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel)


Rich in omega 3 fatty acids


Reduce inflammation in the body, thereby increasing the capacity to fight diseases.




Contains antioxidants (cetechins)


Relieves chest congestion and soothes sore throat.


Citrus fruits (lemon, orange, amla, sweet lime)


Rich in vitamin C


Enhances immunity and prevents cold




Contains antioxidants


Enhances immunity


Fennel (moti saunf) and aniseeds (choti saunf)


Antibacterial properties


They are natural expectorants. Clears chest congestion and soothes cough.


Probiotic fods (yogurt/kefir)


Rich in beneficial strains of bacteria


Improves health by regulating immune function


Red peppers


Rich in vitamin C


Enhances immunity and prevent cold




Rich in antioxidants, potassium, B vitamins


Enhances immunity




Building blocks of the body


Needed to build antibodies and fight infections




High levels of anthocyanin


Immunity booster


Brazil nuts


Rich in selenium


Improves immune function


Sunflower seeds


Rich in vitamin E


Important for healthy lungs


Dark chocolate


Rich in cocoa


Supports T-helper cells which increases immune system




Rich in vitamin E


Improves lung capacity


Spices (turmeric, clove, cinnamon)


Rich in antioxidants


Enhances immunity


Dark green leafy vegetables (kale)


Vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, vitamin B 6, copper and iron


Increases the number of WBCs

Besides including all these above mentioned foods in your diet, drinking plenty of water is also very important as it prevents dehydration. To summarize, healthy dietary habits can help prevent and treat the common flu.

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