Coughing, sniffling, suffering from a sore throat? There is no magic pill so what do you do?
Complementary and Alternative Medicine therapies like Ayurveda for over 5,000 years has always affirmed that the correct food and nutrition advice can reduce the chances of the common cold and it’s severity if already contracted. So here are practical and clinically proven food and nutrition advice to help you overcome the misery of the common cold.


There is good scientific evidence that shows that probiotics such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium besides being good for our digestion can also improve our immunity. Complementary and Alternative Medicine research studies have shown that healthy people found that those who use probiotic supplements and probiotic foods have fewer colds. Other clinical trials have shown that daily dietary probiotic supplementation for 6 months reduced fever, runny nose, cough incidence and duration and antibiotic prescription in children 3 to 5 years of age. Henceforth this a popular Complementary and Alternative Medicine remedy for children and they love the added flavour choice of chocolate, berry, vanilla, etc. To know more about probiotics you can call us at 0405 845 763 or email us at

Citrus fruits

This is a well-known natural remedy for fighting the common cold by Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners. However, the research evidence for Vitamin C supplementation is conflicting.
So why do Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioners promote citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, grapefruits, oranges, and tangerines?
The reason is because these fruits also contain bioflavonoidssuch as diosmetin, iosmin, hesperidin, quercetin, and more. These constituents promote absorption of Vitamin C and thus results in prolonged exposure to a group of antioxidant.

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Chicken soup

A standard age-old home remedy which helps fight the common cold is chicken soup. Complementary and Alternative Medicine research studies have revealed that warm chicken soup:

  • Has a higher sodium content in the chicken broth which helps fight the infection
  • Increases neutrophils activity that destroys harmful bacteria
  • Produces carnosine and anaserine that inhibits Influenza A virus
  • Helps defend the respiratory system against contagions through increased movement of the cilia
  • Assists with hydration

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Green Tea

Complementary and Alternative Medicine advocates green tea to help fight colds. Green tea contains catechins and theanine. Catechins bind to the hemagglutinin molecule of influenza virus, thereby inhibiting the virus.


Complementary and Alternative Medicine research studies have shown that another age -old natural remedy honey is useful in the symptomatic relief of their child’s nocturnal cough and sleep difficulty due to upper respiratory tract infection. A word of caution is that honey should not be given to infants. The antioxidants present in honey that fight infection come from a variety of sources, such as vitamin C, monophenolics, flavonoids, and polyphenolics.


Drinking warm water increase the movement of nasal mucus and keeps you hydrated.
Sugary foods and white bread
Sugar and white bread can suppress the immune system. Furthermore, sugar mediates the growth of unwanted opportunistic bacteria. Therefore, avoidance of sugary foods and white bread is advised.

Fresh Garlic

Garlic is a common Complementary and Alternative Medicine food and nutrition advice . It contains allicin which is an antibacterial and antiviral agent. Allicin further increases T-cells levels and is a powerful antioxidant.

Sauerkraut and Kimchi

Fermented foods are often used as food and nutrition advice in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Sauerkraut from Germany and Kemchi from Korea contains high levels of Vitamin C and bioflavoinoids and recommended to fight colds and flu. Both fermented vegetables are also probiotic food.


Tumeric is an ancient Complementary and Alternative Medicine remedy. Turmeric has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic and protects the liver. These immunotherapeutic properties make it an important natural remedy in fighting colds and flu.
The key to fighting colds and flu is to acknowledge the healing power of food. This list above is not a total one. Specific advice is required if you continue to suffer recurring colds. You can get further advice from the Apple A Day RX shop or visit your local Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioner.
Also avoid junk foods and visit your doctor if symptoms worsen.

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