Dengue (also known as ‘breakbone fever’) symptoms include high fever, joint pain, headache, and a measles-type rash.

If you’re being treated for dengue (or if you want to prevent getting it altogether), there are certain foods that can relieve the symptoms and speed up your recovery.

1. Oranges

These citrus fruits are full of essential nutrients and vitamins, including vitamin C. This is a powerful antioxidant, and helps the body to fight off free radicals, and helps to boost the immune system.

Oranges are also rich in fiber, which is good for keeping your digestive system healthy.

2. Papaya

This fruit has been used as a traditional remedy for many years. Studies show that papaya seed is toxic to the Aedes mosquito, and other studies show that eating papaya promotes faster platelet production in dengue patients.

3. Don’t Eat Oily Foods

As one of the main symptoms of dengue is stomach issues, you would do well to avoid eating any oily or spicy foods to prevent your condition worsening.

4. Porridge

Oatmeal is high in fiber and nutrients, which helps your body fight off the disease. Another bonus is that porridge is easy to digest.

5. Herbal Tea

Herbal teas can help reduce symptoms of dengue. Cardamom, peppermint, or ginger are good choices, and ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce the severity of the symptoms.

Tea brewed from the leaves of Euphorbia hirta, or asthma-plant also helps to treat dengue.

6. Coconut Water

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Dengue patients often suffer from dehydration, and coconut water is a good way to stay hydrated, as it is a source of water, natural minerals, and electrolytes.

7. Vegetable Juices

Fresh vegetable juices are another good way to treat symptoms of dengue. Carrots, cucumbers, and other leafy greens are good for treating dengue. These vegetables are filled with essential vitamins and mineral that can help boost immunity.

8. Soup

Home made soup is good for reducing symptoms of dengue, and it helps to relieve joint pain. Homemade soups are generally healthier and contain less sodium than store bought ones.

9. Fruit Juice

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Fruit juices that contain vitamin C are especially useful, as vitamin C is a very effective antioxidant. It triggers collagen production and gives the immune system a boost.

Fruits such as oranges, pineapple, strawberries, guava, and kiwi help the body produce lymphocytes, which are needed to fight viral infections.

10. Neem Leaves

Neem leaves have long been used for their medicinal benefits, and they help to prevent the growth and strength of dengue virus type-2 replication.

Because of this, it is considered one of the best natural remedies for fighting dengue.