To help reduce the severity of a cold, the best foods are those that are packed with beta-carotene, vitamin C and zinc. They boost immunity and help cold symptoms. Especially at this time of year these nutrients can also help you prevent colds in the first place.
Foods such as horseradish, garlic and chilli move the mucus and help clarify, therefore, reduce congestion. Capsaicin is a substance in hot peppers that acts as an engine of mucus. allyl isothiocyanate, a compound of horseradish, also helps to loosen mucus.
Naturally occurring chemicals (Allin, allicin, and ajoene) in garlic are supposed to regulate the flow of mucus and may help to reduce congestion caused by colds. Major dietary sources of garlic: Garlic
Vitamin C ColdsVitamin C
Vitamin C is a great boost immunity. If taken at the first sign of a cold, it will keep cold to fully develop and may produce a faster recovery. However, taking vitamin C does not prevent colds. Major food sources of vitamin C: red cabbage, strawberries, potatoes, tangerines, red peppers, oranges, kiwis
Zinc for ColdsZinc
When taken immediately at the first signs of catching a cold, zinc can weaken the cold virus, reduce the duration and severity of colds. Zinc is be lieved to promote a strong immune system by the transformation of essential fatty acids that promote healing. Zinc lozenges are useful for this purpose.