6 impressive foods with antiviral activity

United Arab Emirates have confirmed a total of 59 cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The intensive focus remains on the treatment and prevention of the virus that originated from Wuhan City in China.

As the virus continues spreading, there is an urgent need to take precautions, where the key is to focus on boosting one's immunity plus overall health.

What can we do to strengthen our immunity?

it's important to add anti-viral foods in one's diet. Here are 6 foods with powerful antiviral activity.

Ginger

Ginger has impressive antiviral activity luckily to its high concentration of potent plant compounds. In Addition, specific compounds in ginger, such as gingerols and zingerone, have been found to prevent viral replication and viruses from entering host cells.

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Garlic

Garlic is a well-known natural remedy for many conditions, including viral infections.

In addition, older test-tube studies note that garlic may have antiviral activity against influenza A and B, HIV, HSV-1, viral pneumonia, and rhinovirus, which is the main cause of the common cold.

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Ginseng

Ginseng, which can be found in different varieties, is the root of plants in the Panax family that was used a long time ago in traditional Chinese medicine, it has been shown to be specifically effective at preventing viruses.

Ginsenosides which are the compounds in ginseng have antiviral effects against hepatitis B, coxsackieviruses, and norovirus, which are linked with several serious diseases together with an infection of the brain called meningoencephalitis.

Peppermint

Peppermint is famous for having powerful antiviral qualities that are commonly added to teas and extracts meant to naturally treat viral infections.

Peppermint essential oils and leaves contain active components, including menthol and rosmarinic acid, which fight viruses and inflammations.

Rosemary

Rosemary is regularly used in cooking but on the other hand, it has therapeutic applications due to its numerous countless compounds, including oleanolic acid.

Oleanolic acid has shown antiviral activity against herpes viruses, influenza, HIV, and hepatitis in animal and test-tube studies.

Additionally, rosemary extract has revealed antiviral effects against hepatitis A, which damages the liver.

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Basil

The holy and sweet varieties, including many types of basil, may fight certain viral infections.

One study found that sweet basil extracts, plus compounds like apigenin and ursolic acid, have shown potent effects against herpes viruses, hepatitis B, and enterovirus.

Holy basil, which is known as tulsi, has been exhibited to increase immunity, which may help fight viral infections.

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In Summary

Adding these powerful foods to your diet should be easy by using them in your favorite recipes or making them into teas.

However, keep in mind that it's very important to protect yourself and others from getting sick by washing hands with soap and running water when hands are visibly dirty. If your hands are not visibly dirty, frequently clean them by using alcohol-based hand rub or water and soap.

If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice immediately as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition.