March 23, 2009

Anti-Flu Diet

This should have been an early winter post. As the flu continues to hit hard, I decided to post it now and remind all of us of the foods which contain quercetin, a powerful antioxidant shown to reduce the risk of flu and colds.

Fill your diets with broccoli, spinach, lettuce

and onions

(Red onions have almost 4x the amount of quercetin as other foods. While you may eat any of these raw, cooking seems to make it easier to absorb the antioxidant.)

and blueberries

(Buy a bag of frozen blueberries and put a handful on your hot cereal, pancakes, french toast or yogurt.)

and apples.

(An apple a day keeps the doctor away - and colds and the flu.)

A high consumption of these are needed - so how much is enough? I really don't know, but you can easily add these daily to your meals and snacks. Increase your odds of staying well. There is more we can do than just steer clear of those who are sick and be vigilant about hand-washing.

4 comments:

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Leedra said...

This is a very good post. I was reading to see what Mason could eat. I don't think he can eat of these, he is just 14 months old. He seems to be getting something right now. He can't chew any of these.

Some I knew, but a real good reminder.

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Montanagirl said...

Hubby and I both like all of the above-listed items, so we should do well! We always have apples in the fridge, but sometimes get tired of them.

The Hobbit said...

MMMMM Bluberries are one of my favorites.I only have a very small amount left from last season.Just enough to make blueberry pancakes or muffins for Easter brunch.We make broccoli salad it's a favorite at the barn.I should post about it.Thanks for the reminder.