Soup for Colds, Step 1: The Ingredients

The good news is that many of the things you already put in your soup, probably without even giving it a second thought, are packed with good stuff for fighting off colds.

Onions. Contain phytochemicals that help with chest congestion. They are also anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, for overall good health.

Carrots. Chock full of betacarotene, an antioxidant that your body converts into vitamin A. We need all the vitamins, of course, but as a cold-fighter, A is important because it promotes healthy mucous membranes and plays a key role in maintaining a strong immune system.

Garlic.   Garlic is a real powerhouse: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antifungal. It contains sulfur compounds that enhance the immune system and are effective against bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections. Also protect you from vampires.

Black pepper. Helps break up phlegm.

Hot chili peppers. Open up sinuses, helpful if you’re congested.

Ginger. Anti-inflammatory, so it helps soothe sore throats. It’s also a strong antispasmodic, very helpful if you’re slightly nauseated.

Mint. The menthol in mint is a natural decongestant, providing relief from sinus pressure. It’s also an antispasmodic, helps settle queasy tummies. Mint also soothes sore and itchy throats and dry coughs.

Rosemary, Oregano. Both these familiar herbs are anti-inflammatory, so they help soothe sore throats.

Eggs.  Provide protein, of course, but also full of vitamins and minerals, especially A and B-12.

Bell peppers.  All bell peppers, all colors, contain more vitamin C than an orange.

Broccoli. Another veggie with more vitamin C than an orange (81 mg compared to 70). Also. broccoli is high in glucosinolates, which stimulate the body’s immune system.

Brussels sprouts. Another “green” source of vitamin C, more than an orange.

Sweet potatoes.  Rich in vitamin A, which boosts your immune system and helps keep mucous membranes clear.

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