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Flu
While foods and their valuable nutrients may not prevent you from catching the flu, they can, nonetheless, help to build your immune system and facilitate the alleviation of symptoms caused by the flu. Vitamin C is also full of antiviral potential, and foods high in vitamin C, as well as those high in beta-carotene, help to fortify your body's immune defense system. Vitamin C is also a natural antihistamine and can help to block the effect of inflammatory substances produced by the body, thereby reducing discomfort from congestion. If you do come down with the flu, you should still try to consume foods high in these vitamins and minerals as they can work to diminish the severity and duration of symptoms. If you are suffering from congestion, foods that contain garlic and capsaicin can help to open up bronchial passages.

Mega-Recipes
We believe that it's possible to manage and/or improve certain conditions through what you eat. When we create "Mega-Recipes" for an ailment, we strive to include the maximum number of the nutrients that are shown to have benefit for that ailment. We also expect the Mega-Recipe to contain at least 25% of recommended intakes for those nutrients. See the list of recipes that have met our criteria for this ailment.

What You Should Eat & Why

garlic
Garlic acts as a "mucokinetic" agent, alleviating congestion commonly experienced during the flu. Garlic may also prevent bacteria from invading tissues.
Leading Food Sources of garlic: Garlic

vitamin C
Vitamin C is a well-known immunity booster. If taken at the first signs of the flu, it may keep it from fully developing and produce a faster recovery. Taking vitamin C doesn't prevent flu, however.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin C: Cabbage, red, Strawberries, Oranges, Tangerines & other mandarins, Peppers, bell, red, Kiwi fruit, Potatoes

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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