What fruits and vegetables to eat to cope with colds and flu

Did you know that by eating healthy enough - especially fruits and vegetables - you can completely avoid colds and flu? No wonder, you simply strengthen your body with vitamins and minerals.


Apples are the most popular source of antioxidants. One apple contains an amount of antioxidants equal to 1,500 mg of vitamin C. In addition, they contain flavonoids that have been scientifically proven to have a protective effect on the liver, controlling fat oxidation, anti-viral and antibacterial activity, skin and mucosal regeneration, and anti-tumor activity. Just one apple a day significantly boosts immunity, and let's mention that an average apple contains only 80 calories (which is why it is one of the most appropriate foods to regulate and reduce weight).


Papaya fruit contains as much as 250 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C and is therefore extremely effective in fighting colds. Beta-carotene and vitamins C and E prevent inflammation throughout the body and relieve asthma symptoms. It also contains enzymes that are essential for digestion, especially when it comes to proteins. Although papaya in our country is still perceived as an exotic, unfamiliar fruit to many, its effectiveness has long been recognized in the world where it is known as the fruit of youth for its anti-aging effect.


Cranberries contain a lot of antioxidants. Relatively much more than other fruits and vegetables. One measure of cranberries contains as much as 5 times more antioxidants than the same amount of broccoli. Also, cranberries are a natural probiotic, that is, they maintain a stable level of bacterial cultures in the digestive tract, protecting it from disease. The successful effect of cranberries on the protection of the urinary tract against infections is generally known.


In addition to being packed with Vitamin C, grapefruit also has a natural component - cholesterol-regulating lemonoids, which are also very important in preventing cancer, slowing growth and destroying cancer cells. It is rich in fiber, which has a beneficial effect on digestion. Grapefruit juice is rich in bioflavonoids that affect metabolism, especially enzymes that help fight free radicals, have a beneficial effect on liver function, and strengthen the arteries.


Bananas are one of the fruits extremely rich in Vitamin B6. They primarily help in reducing fat, depression, stress and insomnia. Due to the significant levels of magnesium, they also protect the health of your bones. They also contain potassium, which is great for preventing heart disease and regulating high blood pressure. If you are exposed to a great deal of effort (whether physical or mental), a banana is great for quick energy recovery.

Mayo Clinic Minute: Tips to prevent cold and flu (May 2022)