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5 Plant-Based Foods to Ease COVID-19 and Flu Symptoms

5 Plant-Based Foods to Ease COVID-19 and Flu Symptoms

COVID-19 has taken the world by storm. Roughly a week after Lunar New Year celebrations, Singapore has reported spiking COVID-19 case numbers, with cases tripling to 19,420 this Tuesday. Even after vaccination, boosters, and other health measures like wearing masks, you can still catch the COVID-19 virus. Some cases are severe and require professional medical attention immediately. However, if your COVID-19 symptoms are mild, plant-based food can offer you some relief and help you recover fast.

If not COVID-19, cold and flu season can also get you down. If you have a weak immune system, even a common cold can become a serious problem. Fortunately, you can boost your immune system by adding more healthy vegan food to your plate.

It is not possible to eat more with flu and cold as it reduces your appetite to a great extent. However, eating small amounts of the right food will help provide the energy and nutrients required for a speedy recovery.

 

Plant-based food to soothe COVID-19 and flu symptoms

Not everyone realizes when their immune system is weak - especially if they are used to eating junk. However, your immune system must be prepared to give a tough fight to all kinds of bacteria and viruses.

Here are a few vegan foods that can help you bolster your white blood cells and keep them ready for the battle:

 

1. Miso

Miso is a paste made from fermented soybeans. Being a rich source of probiotic bacteria, it aid the immune function and help fight viruses and bacteria. It contain high levels of proteins, several vitamin B, Vitamin E and several other ingredients which is necessary for a strong immune response to infections. Research showed that it lowers the risks of breast cancer.

If you want to recover fast from COVID-19 or a common cold, you must consume one bowl of miso soup per day, as is the tradition in Japan.

white miso paste and red miso paste

2. Ginger

Ginger is great for boosting the immune system, thanks to its high antioxidant content. From being used as an immunity booster to a natural pain killer, it has many medicinal properties. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or common flu, it will help you soothe your swollen glands or a sore throat.

Therefore, to ease your COVID-19 symptoms or a common cold, you must take 3-4 grams of ginger extract or 3 to 4 cups of ginger tea a day.

 

3. Almonds

Vitamin E in almonds will help you recover fast from COVID-19 and the common cold. It will give you the right amount of energy and nutrients required to fight off illnesses and viruses. Therefore, while dealing with COVID-19 or a common cold, you must take 30 grams of almonds a day. However, if you don’t like chewing on almonds, you can throw them into your smoothies.

almonds and milk

4. Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits are undoubtedly the powerhouse of vitamins. Eating citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and tangerines can help you keep your white blood cells protected from the damage caused by bacteria and viruses.

To ease your COVID-19 or common cold symptoms, you must take 65 to 90 milligrams of any citrus fruit a day, equivalent to one small glass of orange juice or eating a whole orange.

 

5. Spinach

Spinach is packed with many beneficial nutrients, including Vitamin C, antioxidants, and beta carotene, to give your immune system a healthy boost to fight off illnesses and viruses. However, to get the most nutrients out of spinach, it must not be overcooked but instead should be lightly steamed or eaten raw.

Researchers believe that consuming 1 cup of fresh spinach or ½ cup of cooked per day boost your immune system.

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