Other foods to help fight the flu

Just as was stated yesterday, certain foods help prevent winter illnesses, so knowing that With Age Comes Respect you can feed these to your elders to prevent them from suffering from colds, flus and other yucky winter-time infections.

 

Try these on for size:

 

  • Tomatoes.

    State fruit - Tomato

Hopefully you have some left over from your summer gardens as tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C which helps a person to fight colds and flu by boosting the body’s natural defense system in the same way that their citrusy relatives do. A medium tomato is packed with 40% of daily required Vitamin C and come in so many yummy forms such as tomato juice, pasta sauces or just a plain old tomato on a sandwich or in a salad.

  • Almonds.

    English: Green Almonds.

  • These nuts contain Vitamin E, an antioxidant which helps to ward off viral infections. Again, these nuts are offered in a variety of ways, including, almond butter, almond oil and chopped or whole almonds.

  • Yogurt. YogurtThe bacteria concocting this delicious treat are filled with probiotics which, again, help to strengthen the immune system. Other options include: cottage cheese, kimchi (a fermented Korean dish made of seasoned veggies) or sauerkraut.
  • Tea.
    Tea Time

    Tea Time (Photo credit: Maia C)

    There are a variety of delicious and nutritious teas to choose from, including green, black, rooibos, and oolong teas. They contain antioxidants and natural occurring compounds that help to reduce the risk of flu, including quercetin and L-theanine. The latter is an amino acid. Decaf teas contain L-theanine although it is not consistent with herbal teas.

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