Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Top 5 Flu-Fighting Fruits

With all the germs and flu viruses spreading the nation trying to ruin our fun during these cold months, there’s no better time to stock up on some flu-preventing fruits to fight off that dreaded cold so you can avoid a bed-ridden week. So if you are starting to feel groggy, or your partner, friend or colleague have been struck down with a cold or the flu, top up on these five fruits to help prevent you following the same path...

Although this fruit may be an obvious one, many people don’t know that one apple alone is jam-packed with antioxidants that match up to an amazing vitamin C measure of 1,500mg. The skin of an apple is particularly good for you containing quercetin which has anti-inflammatory abilities.

If apples don’t have enough antioxidants for you, cranberries are sure to have more than enough as they contain more than any other ordinary fruit, and even vegetable. To top it off, one serving of these juicy berries contains five times the amount found in broccoli and as well as this, they work to up the level of good bacteria in your gut so you are more protected from food-related illnesses.

Yet another fruit rich in vitamin C, papayas have nearly two and a half times the recommended daily allowance. Inflammation in the body can be reduced by this vitamin as well as by vitamin E and beta-carotene, also found in papayas.

Full of vitamin B6, bananas are the fruit that gives you the energy to keep you going reducing tiredness and depression. They are packed full of magnesium and potassium keeping bones strong and preventing high blood pressure.

Last but not least on our list of flu-fighting fruits is grapefruit, another fruit with a whole load of vitamin C. It contains natural compounds called limonoids, which are known to reduce cholesterol.

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