Medicinal Foods that Prevent and Treat Colds

The flu and cold season is ramping up, but it’s not too late to boost your immune system and ward off viruses. ‘Food as medicine’ is the best way to prevent and treat colds. There are many simple home remedies to treat viruses with teas and soups. However, fending off unwanted invaders is best. No one has time to be sick.

Here is a list of natural foods that prevent colds (and help treat colds).

Garlic

Garlic protects against colds. It is an antifungal, antiviral, and antimicrobial. It contains a compound called alliin. Upon being crushed, it turns into allicin. Allicin contains beneficial sulphuric compounds.

Allicin is a tricky girl. She needs to be crushed or chewed,  doesn’t like to be heated or exposed to air for too long (or too short).  I told you she is tricky!

Uses: Helps prevent colds and the flu, it shortens length of colds, and reduces severity of colds

Tip: To maximize the benefits of garlic, chop, slice, or crush the garlic. Let sit for 10 minutes before cooking.  You can simply add to salad dressings, or top over a baked potato.

Ginger

It is known for its anti-nausea effects and the ability to soothe indigestion. Ginger has antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-cancer effects, and anti-inflammation properties.

Ginger acts similar to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It may help reduce inflammation from a virus.

Uses: Protects against viruses, boosts the immune system, reduces inflammation

Tip: Use grated or finely chopped ginger in cooking. For tea, add a few slices of raw ginger to a mug, add boiling water, and let steep for 5 minutes. Add agave, honey, or maple syrup to taste. Add my full-spectrum CBD-infused tincture to an extra beneficial boost.

Strawberries

Strawberries are rich in vitamin C. Just 1 cup of halved strawberries contains 99% of your daily value, or 89 mg.

Vitamin C has been shown to significantly reduce the length and severity of colds. They are also high in antioxidants. However, it doesn’t help to prevent colds.

Other foods high in vitamin C: kale, kiwi, broccoli, and papaya.

Uses: Significantly reduces the severity and duration of colds

Tips: Eat foods high in vitamin C, especially before the flu and cold season hits.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc. Zinc is an essential mineral that wards of viruses, heal wounds, reduce inflammation, is high in antioxidants, and boost the immune system. ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds provides 23% of  your daily value.

Other foods rich in zinc: sunflower seeds & legumes like chickpeas and lentils

Uses: Helps protect against viruses, boosts the immune system, reduces inflammation

Tips: They can be eaten raw. They taste best when roasted and slightly salted. Eat alone as a tasty snack, sprinkle over avo-toast, blend in a high-powered blender and make some pumpkin butter! Ooh yes!

Keep this list of foods in mind the next time you’re hungry. Defend yourself now, and you won’t be down when there is a virus apocalypse.

List of Foods to Prevent & Fight Colds:

  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Strawberry
  • Kale
  • Kiwi
  • Broccoli
  • Papaya
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Legumes (chickpea, lentils, pinto bean, black bean, etc.)

With hemp & happiness,
Jenny

References

  1. Preventing the Common Cold, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11697022
  2. Supplementation with Aged Garlic, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22280901
  3. Garlic Fights Colds, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/garlic-fights-colds-and-flu#section2
  4. Active Ingredients in Ginger, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25057339
  5. Ginger- An Herbal Medicine, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16117603
  6. Vitamin C Foods, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-c-foods#section18
  7. Vitamin C for Preventing and Treating Colds, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23440782
  8. Pumpkins Seeds, http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=82