Old wives tales swear by many natural remedies as a quick fix to 24-hour bugs and common illnesses, but none of which have been scientifically proven to have any sort of impact. A comforting meal and hydration boost can go a long way when it comes to feeling psychologically better, but as British Dietetic Association spokesperson Aisling Pigott explained, not everything your nana has taught you will actually help out when under the weather.
Here are four foods that have been said to cure ailments – and whether or not you should stock up your home with them next time temperatures drop. If you introduce the successful ones into your daily menu, you can prevent, ease and even treats colds before you could say “Gesundheit.”
Garlic Pigott explains that “garlic contains a compound called allicin, which has been shown to be beneficial for the immune system. However, the way in which garlic is processed can affect the potency of allicin.” Therefore, instead of grating the garlic or sauteeing it, it is best to crush, slice or dice it. That way, the biggest benefits would be reaped.
Zinc Lozenges Although high in sugar, it has been proven that those who increase their zinc lozenges intake easily cure of coughing, nasal congestion, and a sore throat. Thus, eating more lamb, beef, seafood, and pumpkin seeds may assist more.
Honey Little evidence supports the notion that honey soothes sore throats and suppresses coughs. Moreover, honey has been found unsuitable for children under one, as it could increase their chances of getting botulism.
Vitamin C Although it is vital for a properly functioning immune system, Vitamin C has only been interlinked to reducing the length of colds – not preventing them. The citrus fruit in which the vitamin has proved to ease digestion, congestion and was found to be generally soothing.