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Earache
Earaches usually result from an infection, so it is important to maintain a strong immune system. Drinking plenty of fluids, getting lots of rest, and eating nutritious foods are important keys to bolstering immunity and hastening recovery from an earache.

Eating food high in beta-carotene, vitamin C, or zinc can help to bolster your immune system by stimulating the activity of antibodies and immune system cells. Flavonoids are naturally occurring plant pigments that will not only enhance the effectiveness of vitamin C but may also help to control inflammation in the ear canal as well.



What You Should Eat & Why

beta-carotene
Beta-carotene is converted by the body into vitamin A, a powerful virus fighter.
Leading Food Sources of beta-carotene: Carrots, Spinach, Cantaloupe, Apricots, Sweet potatoes, Squash, winter

flavonoids
These potent plant compounds can act as anti-inflammatories, antihistamines, and antivirals. Flavonoids may enhance the effect of vitamin C when dealing with infections and be especially helpful when an infection has been triggered by allergies such as hay fever.
Leading Food Sources of flavonoids: Broccoli, Grapefruit, white, Blueberries, Onions, Pomegranates, Limes, Chocolate, Soybeans, Oranges, Lemons, Apples, Tomatoes, Carrots

vitamin C
Earaches caused by infections may benefit from vitamin C, which boosts the immune system's ability to fight off viruses and bacteria.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin C: Cabbage, red, Oranges, Potatoes, Tangerines & other mandarins, Peppers, bell, red, Kiwi fruit, Strawberries

zinc
This vital mineral has immune-stimulating and antiviral properties that may help to fight an earache and speed recovery.
Leading Food Sources of zinc: Barley, Beef, Crab, Oysters, Lamb, Wheat, Chicken, Turkey

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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