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COVID-19: Anti-viral Foods

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What can we do to boost our immunity?

While everyone suggested basic hygiene practices like washing hands as a necessity, many also said it’s important to include anti-viral foods in one’s diet.

*Washing hands: The good old soap and water is the best. If you are travelling, use an essential oil-based sanitiser that just takes away the dirt leaving the microbes in place.

*Keep your hands and fingers away from your mouth, eyes and nose.

Anti-viral foods in your diet


It is a powerful anti-viral. It can be eaten raw, mashed or can be added to soups. Mix chopped raw garlic with a tablespoon of unpasteurised, raw honey and consume a clove every day after two to three days. It’s a fantastic way to boost your immune system, mentioned Coutinho.

Star anise

The flower-shaped spice contains shikimic acid that is used as a base material for the production of Tamiflu, which is used for influenza virus. It is super powerful as an anti-viral. Take star anise and boil it in water and add it to your teas like green tea or black tea.

Coconut oil

You can cook your food in pure cold-pressed coconut oil or even have it raw. Lauric acid and caprylic acid present in it are essential for boosting the immune system against virals.


Foods rich in resveratrol such as peanuts, pistachios, grapes, red, white wine, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, and even cocoa and dark chocolate are helpful to fight fungal infection, ultraviolet radiation, stress, and injury.

Vitamin-C rich foods

Vitamin-C rich foods such as amla, red peppers, yellow peppers, Vitamin C supplements are a must-have.

Herbs can help boost immunity.

*Anti-viral herbs such as oregano, tulsi, dried thyme are great for immunity, and can be used in teas or curries for respiratory health including mucous problems which can become a “breeding ground for bacteria and pathogens”.

*Mix ginger, garlic along with a tablespoon of thyme, oregano and make tea.

*Inhale essential oils like thyme, oregano, eucalyptus or star anise. One can also use a diffuser in the room.

All these dietary changes should also be coupled with good exercise and proper sleep.

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