In many cultures, foods are used to combat diseases and to combat viruses. And in science too, more and more research is being done into the protective effect of some foods. Unfortunately, there is no diet yet that will prevent you from catching the cold virus.
Yet there are some foods that can provide some extra protection this flu season.
Margarine, oranges and fatty fish
We hear you think: that is of course about Vitamin C? This substance has long been known for being essential for a healthy resistance. But did you know that there is a vitamin that is even more important? A lack of vitamin D already makes you much more susceptible to bacteria and viruses. We mainly get this vitamin from sunlight, but can also be obtained from food. And that’s pretty handy, now that the days are getting shorter. Do you want to protect yourself against the cold and flu? Then eat some extra margarine, oranges and fatty fish in the coming months.
Of course it is important to eat enough fruit and vegetables every day. But some vegetables offer just that little extra protection during the flu season. This is due to the dust salvestrols. These are compounds that a plant makes to protect itself against bacteria, fungi, viruses and insects. When we receive these substances, they also protect our bodies against other external threats. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts and asparagus in particular contain many salvestrols. Certain types of fruit such as raspberries, black currants, hawthorn, rosehip, red grapes and plums are rich in these substances.
Nice and spicy
It also doesn’t hurt to spice up your dishes this fall! Hot peppers are rich in the substance capsaicin. This substance ensures that your mouth is “on fire” when your meal was just a little too spicy, but it also boosts your immune system. A scientific explanation is not yet available. It is suspected that the immune cells of the body go into an alarm position by the hot peppers. Handy when the air is full of all kinds of threatening viruses! In addition, you can also be quite a bit tender with garlic. This spice has been scientifically proven to reduce the risk of a cold.
Now that the temperatures are falling, you may feel a thirst stimulus less often than in the summer. But also in this season it is important to keep drinking a lot. This ensures that your immune system stays in top condition and helps to prevent your mucous membranes from drying out. This makes them more resistant to dangerous cold and flu viruses.