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What to Eat to Fend Off a Cold

White Button Mushrooms

Foodies rave about exotic mushroom types, but the common white button variety could be your key to a cold-free winter, suggests research from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston. They contain polysaccharides, which activate natural killer cells that destroy cold- and flu-causing viruses, says Dayong Wu, PhD, a scientist at the center.


Three ounces of salmon can supply nearly 800 IUs of vitamin D, close to the amount that some experts recommend you get each day. That's a good defense against sniffles: Researchers at the University of Colorado Denver found that people with low levels of D had significantly more colds. Without enough of this crucial nutrient, your body can't produce antimicrobial proteins called cathelicidins, which destroy bacteria and viruses, according to lead study author Adit Ginde, MD.

Sunflower Seeds

This healthy snack is packed with vitamin E, which has been shown to boost the activity level of the body's infection-fighting T cells. That may be why scientists at the Center on Aging found that this nutrient lowers the risk of getting a cold by 20 percent.


People who ate two cups of yogurt a day for four months had four times the gamma interferon, a natural substance that fights viral and bacterial infections, than those who skipped the calcium-rich food, a University of California Davis School of Medicine study reveals. The key: Choosing yogurt with live active cultures.

Cold-Fighting Recipe: Salmon with Yogurt-Dill Sauce and Spinach

4 ounces salmon
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup sliced white button mushrooms
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 cups baby spinach
2 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt
1 teaspoon dried dill
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup sunflower seeds, shelled

Preheat broiler. Broil salmon until flaky and opaque, about 9 minutes. Saute garlic and mushrooms in olive oil. Add spinach; remove from heat when spinach is wilted. Mix yogurt, dill, salt ,and pepper. Place salmon on spinach; top with sauce and sunflower seeds.

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sonirg44 wrote:

Very very useful. Thanks. Warm Regards. R G Soni

10/24/2011 09:16:47 PM Report Abuse
goldngrahams wrote:

I don't think the article is supposed to contain the remedy to every ailment known to man...that is why it's an article, not a book. Research is showing that food is very closely linked to how well our bodies function, so I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss everything. The article lists some helpful info; try it to see for yourself. :-)

10/24/2011 04:43:38 PM Report Abuse
nghart12 wrote:

I liked that you gave info on what each ingredient does. The recipes sound good too.

10/24/2011 11:47:34 AM Report Abuse
copayextra wrote:

good information. i keep a lot of yogurt on hand, didn't know it had so many benefits

4/18/2011 12:43:31 PM Report Abuse
LAB55 wrote:

Article stinks! Oh so now there are only 4 things that can be wrong with you??? GIVE ME A BREAK!!! Gee, wonder what I should eat for that?????? STINKS!!!

2/21/2011 10:29:07 AM Report Abuse

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