5 fruits that can fight cold and flu better than medicines
- Apples are loaded with antioxidants.
- Papayas carry 250 percent of RDA of vitamin C.
- Cranberries boost level of good bacteria.
Fruits carry germ-killing properties and can effectively boost immune system. Loaded with vitamins, fruits maintain a high level of immunity letting your body keep cold and flu at bay. Besides, consuming foods regularly can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Here are five fruits which can help you ward off all the symptoms of cold and flu.
Apples are the most common source of antioxidants. One single apple carries the antioxidant effect of 1,500 mg vitamin C. Loaded with protective flavonoids, apples can prevent heart disease and cancer.
Carrying 250 percent of RDA of vitamin C, a papaya can keep cold and flu at bay. The beta-carotene and vitamin C and E found in papayas reduce inflammation throughout the body, eventually reducing the effects of asthma.
Cranberries carry more antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable. A one-time serving of this fruit has the benefits of five times the amount of broccoli. A natural probiotic, cranberries can boost the level of good bacteria in the gut and protect it from foodborne diseases.
Natural compounds called limonoids can be found in grapefruit. These are responsible for lowering cholesterol levels. A rich source of vitamin C, grapefruit can fight the substance lycopene.
One of the richest sources of vitamin B6, bananas can reduce fatigue, depression, stress and insomnia. Loaded with magnesium, bananas can also keep bones healthy and strong and its potassium content can help you prevent heart disease and high blood pressure.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jan 04, 2018
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