Most of these studies were conducted with natural extracts of the antiviral foods. It is not always possible to obtain natural sources of antiviral foods, however, please always try to obtain the closest form to the organic whole food. Pills, powdered and processed forms are not close to natural. Of course, at times of short supply, you might not have a choice. But if you do, choose organic, whole natural foods every time. This goes for all types of food. Read my article on healthy nutrition here and convenient meal preparation here. Not all foods need to be organic all the time if you are experiencing budget or supply issues. Check the list of foods that need to be organic here.
Cooking methods are discussed in each of the antiviral foods’ descriptions above. As a generalisation, most phytochemicals (which in most cases are the active compounds that provide the antiviral properties) are destroyed by heat. Therefore reduce the temperature and duration of cooking. For example, I use tea forms of many of the antiviral foods. When preparing the tea, I put room temperature water on the tea first, then add boiling water so the antiviral foods are not hit with boiling water.
After researching all the studies, here is what I will be doing to incorporate these antiviral foods into my life. Everyone is different and you can make your own decisions as to what you would like to do. However, please bear in mind the indications associated with each of the antiviral foods in the article. Not all antiviral foods are suitable for everyone.
Licorice tea or all-natural licorice confectionery (beware of added process sugars). I will be going with organic licorice root and using it as a tea.
Oregano – oregano oil can be found in most health food stores. A couple of drops in my bottled water (glass bottle). I have bought pots of herbs from Harris Farm (they can be found in many outlets). I add fresh oregano to my cooking and drink as a tea.
Echinacea – purchase organic liquid from the health food store and gargle on the first sign of sore throat.
Elderberry – I was unable to find fresh berries. I am unaware of where to purchase them from. However, I found organic elderberry liquid online.
Green tea – Organic loose leaf green tea to make into spice tea (see below). Also with ginger and lemon (add after the tea has cooled)
Cloves – Organic cloves to use in chai tea (see below) cooking etc.
Turmeric – each morning I add a heaped teaspoon to bone broth (include the fat) with black pepper, chilli, ginger and lemon and enjoy as a drink. alternatively, make a turmeric latte with warm milk, turmeric, ginger, black pepper, coconut oil.
Notes: Try not to boil or expose turmeric to heat for too long as this destroys the antiviral curcumin. To enhance the bioavailability of turmeric’s curcumin by 2000%, always add back pepper. Add fat to further increase bioavailability (for example, milk, coconut oil, fat in bone broth).
Chai Spice Tea – buy organic spices such as cloves, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, allspice berries, star anise and pound with mortar and pestle to create a spice mix. Mix with loose leaf green, licorice and elderberry tea.
Kaempferol, luteolin & quercetin foods – foods that I will increase in my diet – kale, rocket, radicchio, capers (careful of salt), watercress, green capsicum (also high in vitamin C so I eat them raw in a salad), globe artichokes, silverbeet, green chillis, garlic
Supplements – Personally, I am not normally a fan of supplements. I believe in obtaining nutrients from foods. However, in these abnormal times, when our bodies may be under abnormal duress, this is what I will be doing. You can make your own decisions. I will be taking high doses of vitamin C (as I indicated in the vitamin C section above). In addition, I will be supplementing with zinc (without going over the limits outlined) Quercetin and Luteolin. Refer to the appropriate sections for details.
I hope this helps!
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