Onion (so does fruits and vegetables that are yellowish-orange in color) contains quercetin. Quercetin is known for its antioxidant activity in scavenging free radicals and its stimulation of the immune system, as well as antiviral properties. Equal amounts of onion juice and honey can be mixed and three to four teaspoons of this mixture can be taken daily for combating cough.
Fresh ginger has been used in many cultures and in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is called “the universal medicine”. Fresh ginger is often used in treating colds; it also increases circulation and promotes digestion. Your immune system comprises of many cells that rely on the right nutrition to keep them alive and well or nourish new healthy cells. Your digestive tract (or your gut) takes on a critical role in feeding the right microbes to fight invaders (or infection).
Look out for these 3 must-haves (garlic, onion and ginger) in your kitchen during the flu season!