Winter has already hit the earth as it lasts October to March every year. With the change of the season, we also have significant change in our human body like sore throat, fever, Fever or feeling feverish/chills, Cough Sore throat, Runny or stuffy nose, Muscle or body aches, Headaches, Fatigue (tiredness). According to Centre for Disease control, those seasonal complications may be for a human who are affected with flu named as influenza virus. The acuteness may be mild from the start but it may lead to death. However, if not affected with this virus, you are lucky but you also need protective means to not be infected with this virus. But those who are infected already may seek for foods that fight colds and fever in supplements of medicine or in lieu of meeting with doctors. So we will discuss the powerful antioxidants from different foods to prevent the possible infection cold and flu.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is one of the powerful antioxidants in treating seasonal influenza. This powerful antioxidants is so effective to safeguard this infection. If a person daily takes vitamin c, he is rarely to face this viral infection. But if infected with this virus, it is mostly seen that there was deficiencies of vitamin C intake. So it will be better treatment if someone takes vitamin C as much as possible. In this season, it is also available some sweet fruits in the market and they are oranges as one of the citrus fruits, fruits as berries and guava, kiwi, red peppers, green peppers, broccoli, tomato and many other fruits and vegetables. This antioxidant plays an effective role in strengthening immune system by reducing viral effects and oxidative stress on immune system.
Olive leaf Extract: Different study have claimed that olive leave is also powerful antioxidant that boosts immune system and protects any kind of viral intrusion in human body. If you are already infected with influenza virus, you need to add it as dietary supplement to eliminate virus and bacteria and ensure quick result to cure cold and flu. This extract also play important role in curing diabetes and lowering blood pressure. In this winter, olive fruits are available and one should get it in every plate to add powerful antioxidants.
Vitamin A: Viral, bacterial and fungal infections are easy to spread their place in human body when an immune function is going feeble. Different research have found that those who are infected with flu virus and suffering from cold and fever had deficiencies of different vitamins like C, A K and the most important this to be done here is to replenish those vitamins by choosing effective and timely nutritional support. Taking vitamin A have been shown as
lowering risk of viral infection and make sure a healthy respiratory. So the foods that are rich in Vitamin A are carrot, green leafy, spinach, broccoli, cantaloupe, pumpkin, sweet potato, milk and fish. These vegetables are winter grown and available in the markers you may choose what you like to eat most.
Aged Garlic: Free radicals cause oxidative stress in human body. To treat this oxidative stress by protecting free radicals, one needs powerful antioxidants like glutathione. This antioxidant is a great source of aged garlic. A new study from the University of Florida published in the journal Clinical Nutrition suggests that aged garlic tablets can help to reduce the length and severity of the common cold. The people taking garlic on regular basis get robust growth of two types of immune cells that are key players in the body’s defense against germs and tumors – natural killer cells and gamma-delta T lymphocytes. Now why aged garlic? Aged garlic has highest level of antioxidants and photochemical which is plant based chemical and this chemical fights against growing virus and other germs.
Vitamin D: For cold and fever or seasonal flu, it is diagnosed by different study and research a person never will be infected with this virus if he/she gets proper nutrition on proper time. Most of the people are so busy and don’t take much time to make diet balanced to keep fit and healthy. If it happens for someone, he/she is vulnerable to the infection of this virus. Vitamin D may be an important way to arm the immune system against disorders like the common cold, report investigators from the University of Colorado Denver (UC Denver) School of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Children’s Hospital Boston. The great sources of Vitamin D intake are soy milk, fatty fish, orange juices, cereals, egg yolks and dairy products.
Green Tea: Tea is one of the drinks around the world. Most of the people drinks tea and coffee whenever they get free time or as a break. This green tea is also effective in protecting cold and fevers. It has plant antioxidants, polyphenols and other plant chemicals which are needed to fight against virus, bacteria and germs. As tea is hot and it increases comfort in human body. So, drinking green tea has lots health benefit for cold and fever.
Ginger: It can be seen that those who undergo light cough seek for tea with ginger. Ginger with tea increases comfort inside the throat and creates soothing in human body. But Ginger has also health benefit in case of cold and flu. Different study have said that taking ginger helps in sweat production that helps taking out germs and toxins from the human body. The flavor of ginger is healthy of the flu and cold sufferers because it helps to reduce nausea and vomiting which are helpful for those who have cold and flu.
In spite of being so aware in the winter, someone may be infected with cold and flu virus. The one thing you can do is you need to be right to take right foods which will have antioxidants and you need antioxidants to make your immune functions stronger. So what you eat matters most. Taking different foods means taking different vitamins and antioxidants to make sure that you are not going to be under the clutch of flu virus.