The World Health Organization says a big flu pandemic could come next year. “Most experts believe it’s not a question of whether there will be another, but when,” says Sir Liam Donaldson, the UK’s former chief medical officer. One of the best ways to fight mega-flu is with a strong immune system. Here’s how to get it:
US researchers found that a 45-minute Swedish massage increases the immune cells in your body.
“Short periods of zinc supplementation improve immune defence,” says biochemist Pamela J. Fraker.
The actual effectiveness of antiviral drugs in a pandemic is not known. A better way is to boost your immune system naturally, such as eating 100g of flu-fighting button mushrooms with your toast. A study suggests that the polysaccharides in white button mushrooms may boost immunity and combat tumours.
A US study linked low vitamin D levels with seasonal flu viruses, and recommended cod liver oil as a remedy.