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10 flu-fighting foods

By: Julie Knapp on Jan. 10, 2011, 7:11 a.m.

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Fresh garlic

Strong-smelling foods like garlic can stink out sickness thanks to the phytochemical allicin, an antimicrobial compound. A British study found that people taking allicin supplements suffered 46 percent fewer colds and recovered faster from the ones they did get. So start cooking with it daily — experts recommend two fresh cloves a day.