5 Foods that Fight the Flu

Sarah-Jane Bedwell, SELF magazine

Worried about the flu, because seemingly every person is sneezing or coughing somewhere? You're not alone. And you don't need to rely on luck or that flu shot: There are plenty of immunity-boosting superfoods to help ward off a nasty case of the sniffles--check out these five that are guaranteed to make you feel good.

Black Pepper:
Black pepper contains a compound called piperine, which not only gives pepper its spicy kick but is also believed to have anti-inflammatory and anti-fever properties. Add an extra few grinds to your soup or pasta sauce for a quick fever.

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Cinnamon:
Top your oatmeal with this tasty spice or sprinkle it on apple slices for a snack--either way you may be helping to ward off a virus. That's because a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry suggests that specific plant terpenoids contained within cinnamon have potent antiviral properties.

Citrus Fruits:
Add a squeeze of lemon juice to your tea or some orange slices to your salad to feel better fast when you feel sickness coming on. While it is a common myth that large doses of vitamin C can prevent a cold, it is true that if you up your consumption of this antioxidant at the first signs of a cold, it can help you feel better faster.

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Low-fat Yogurt: Recent research shows that people who had the lowest levels of vitamin D were far more likely to get the flu than those with the highest levels, and yogurt is a powerhouse source of it. Stir some into some tomato soup for a supremely creamy flavor.

Avocado:
Slice and eat on your sandwich for lunch or whip up some guacamole to get a healthy dose of heart-healthy fats. These monounsaturated fats help to reduce inflammation and help us to absorb vitamins like A, D, E and K, which are important for supporting the immune system.

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