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5 Foods That Can Fight Off A Cold

By Hope Bidegainberry on January 24, 2019
Kiwi slices close-up

Are you fighting off a cold right now or feel a cold coming?!

Have you heard the term “Feed a cold”? Well, cutting calories when you’re sick might actually make it harder for your body to fight off a virus. Here are five foods that can help with cold and flu symptoms:

  1. Oysters: they have tons of zinc, which is also in a lot of cold medicines.
  2. Garlic: blocks enzymes involved in bacterial and viral infections and it helps your immune cells.
  3. Almonds: Micronutrients in the outer skin can help you fight off a cold by boosting sensitivity in your white blood cells.
  4. Kiwi: a study a few years ago had one group of people eat kiwi while they were sick, while another group ate bananas. The kiwi group’s symptoms went away up to four days faster.
  5. Chicken soup: It really does work! It might be thanks to an immune-boosting compound in chicken called carnosine. Studies have also shown it helps with mucus, and can clear your nose if you’re stuffed up.