Treatments for the virus in your kitchen

Research supports these remedies.

appleAppes. Apples contain quercetin, a plant pigment (flavonoid). It is found in many plants and foods, such as red wine, onions, green tea and berries.

The broad spectrum anti-viral medicine known as quercetin has already proven successful at treating Ebola and Zika viruses, says Dr. Michel Chrétien, a researcher at the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal.

Numerous experiments have shown that quercetin exerts antiproliferative, antioxidative, antibacterial, anticancer and antiviral effects. It was found that quercetin could protect patients from dying from severe complications associated with the pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus infection.

You can buy quercetin supplements. Quercetin has been safely used in amounts up to 500 mg twice daily for 12 weeks. It is not known if long-term use or higher doses are safe.

soupChicken soup. The mild anti-inflammatory effect conferred by chicken soup could be one of the reasons it mitigates symptomatic upper respiratory tract infections like the common cold. When an individual comes down with a cold, the inflammatory response  signals white blood cells (WBCs) to migrate to the region. This may contribute to the commonly encountered cold symptoms, such as stuffy noses. When the researchers measured the ability of the WBCs to migrate through a filter from one side of a chamber to the other side, they found that fewer cells migrated to the other side of the chamber in the presence of chicken soup.

The warm salty nature of chicken broth is likely to help. A sore, itchy throat and respiratory congestion are some of the more common symptoms of a cold, and gargling with salt water seems to help. A saline solution can draw excess fluid from inflamed tissues in the throat, making them hurt less. Gargling also loosens thick mucus, which can remove irritants like allergens, bacteria and fungi from the throat.

teaGreen tea. Green tea catechins (GTCs) are polyphenolic compounds from the leaves of Camellia sinensis. GTCs have been reported to provide various health benefits against numerous diseases. Studies have shown that GTCs, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), have antiviral effects against diverse viruses. EGCG binds strongly to many molecules in cells, especially proteins, and then affects their original activities and functions. By interacting with the virion surface or cell surface receptors, EGCG can interfere with the interaction between the virions and the host cells.

Sit out in the sun and fresh air with an apple and cup of green tea.

~ Hippocrene

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