Mainlining vitamin C once ill? The data is disappointingly meh (or, scientifically speaking, inconclusive). But research is strong on these wholefood fixes for pesky cold and flu symptoms
Staring at the ceiling is miserable enough when you’re 100 percent – never mind when it feels as if a marching band is parading around your sinuses. Chew some cherries, flax or walnuts to help you doze – they’ve been found to up levels of sleep-promoting melatonin.
All that hacking might loosen up gunk in your chest, but it can make a scratchy sore throat feel even worse. Researchers suspect honey may ease those symptoms by suppressing the nerve fibres that cause coughing. Spread it onto toast to quiet the barking and irritation.
Keep some fresh peppermint handy and chew on it if your nose or chest is feeling blocked – the menthol helps dislodge mucus and phlegm, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. (Bonus: It can also help soothe crampy stomach muscles if you’re nauseous.)
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Long a go-to in both Eastern and Western medicine for easing cold symptoms, liquorice is backed by new evidence that supports its antiviral properties. Add a few drops of extract to hot water or keep a warming and effective rootbased tea handy.