To prevent colds, the flu and fever, we must start by strengthening the immune system to make it able to fight against the viruses responsible for these diseases. Some natural foods are rich in antiviral compounds, vitamins and other nutrients that help protect the body and counter seasonal colds.
To avoid medication, we offer a natural drink based on elderberry. Powerful against colds, this solution has antiviral properties protecting you from winter colds and other health concerns such as digestive inflammation.
Learn more about elderberry
It is a medicinal plant that dates back to antiquity, it is only in recent years that the flowers and elderberries appear on our tables. It is the craze for the products of the soil of the last years and organic which allowed the rediscovery of this bay and the great diversification of its culinary and medicinal uses.
In Quebec, this plant begins to bloom towards the end of June, and throughout the month of July with beautiful flowers 15 to 25 cm in diameter.
Because of its therapeutic virtues, black elderberry has been used for centuries in natural medicine to prevent and treat certain diseases such as fever, seasonal viral respiratory infections (flu, colds, sinusitis …), oral irritation, coughing, and bronchitis.
The shrub has laxative, antirheumatic and diuretic properties. Black elderberry can also help treat urinary tract infections, water retention, gastrointestinal disorders (flatulence, bloating …) and certain skin conditions.
These black berries are rich in vitamins (A, B and C), amino acids, iron, carotenoids and flavonoids. The flowers are full of antioxidants and phenolic acids. As for the leaves, they have calming properties and have a high content of valerianic acid and nitrate of potash.
Thanks to its properties, it is very effective in strengthening the immune system and preventing colds, flu and fever.
Nutritional values of different fruits
Here’s how to prepare your natural remedy
Ingredients for this recipe:
– 450 ml of elderberry liquid
– 1 tablespoon of honey
– 4 tablespoons lemon juice
– To obtain a decoction of this berry, infuse 1 teaspoon of flowers or dried berries in 450 ml of water.
– To make your remedy, pour the decoction into a saucepan, add the lemon juice and bring the mixture to a boil. Then let it simmer for 30 minutes, add the honey and sip.
– Do not exceed 2 cups a day, for a week or until symptoms of colds, flu or fever disappear.
Caution Important: elderberry is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women, diabetics and children under 12 years.
Benefits of other ingredients:
Its antioxidant power comes from the flavonoids it contains – which are more present in honeys of dark color. Honey is rich in minerals (iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc …) and vitamins (A, B and C), honey is one of the best natural foods to fight colds. It is also able to prevent coughing and to calm sore throats. Recall that honey has antibacterial properties and is considered an excellent natural antibiotic to fight infections.
Any honey, however, can not do the trick. A medical honey, and kept in good conditions (in the cool, protected from light, a year maximum), is necessary.
With 34.3 calories per 100 grams of fresh pulp, lemon is a low-calorie food that still has a high nutritional value.
It is particularly rich in potassium, calcium, but also in magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, iron and copper. It is also an excellent source of vitamin C. The reason? The very thick bark of the fruit which protects it against the loss of this vitamin, considered as one of the most fragile, after its picking.
Precious slimming and detox asset, it is also a health food par excellence because of its richness in various antioxidants, which fight against the free radicals which can damage the cells!