5 Best Foods That Help Fight Dengue

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease that causes high fever, muscle and joint pain and rash. It tends to reduce the platelet count, which in the worse case causes bleeding, severe abdominal pain, lung, heart and liver problems, sudden fall in blood pressure and even death. As there is no specific treatment for dengue fever, drinking enough water to avoid dehydration and taking medicines that help in reducing the high fever without causing any adverse side effects are recommended by doctors. However, there are certain foods that are known to help in aiding recovery.

The Following Foods Are Considered To Be The Best For People Suffering From Dengue Fever

1. Coconut Water

Dengue patients should stay hydrated to reduce complications of dengue fever. Drinking coconut water is one of the best options for dengue patients to keep the body hydrated and diminish risk of electrolyte imbalance. The mineral rich coconut water helps in cooling and nourishing the body that helps in recovery.[1]

Coconut Water

2. Pink Guava

Folk healers in Indonesia recommend dengue patients to eat pink guava and drink pink guava juice. The pink fleshed guava is a rich source of vitamin C and iron. Consuming pink guava seems to help in strengthening the cell wall. In addition to pink guava fruit, according to Indonesian folk medicine, consuming the leaves of the pink guava tree may help in providing relief from dengue fever.[2]


3. Red Date

Another Indonesian favorite food for dengue patients is red date. Also known as hongzao, red date is a superfood rich in vitamin C. It is known to help in increasing the platelet level in dengue patients. Dengue fever is notorious for reducing the platelet level in the blood, which increases risk of bleeding and hemorrhagic dengue fever.[3]

Red Date

4. Red Yeast Rice

Red yeast rice is a fermented product. It is consumed in China, Indonesia and several other Asian countries as a dietary staple. Studies have shown that consuming red yeast rice helps in increasing the platelet count in dengue patients, which helps in reducing complications due dengue fever and assists in recovery. Traditionally, red yeast rice is taken in the form of tea to help provide relief from dengue fever.[4]


5. Papaya Leaves

Papaya leaves are known to help in boosting the platelet count. Hence, they are considered beneficial for people suffering from dengue fever. You can consume papaya leaves directly or add the leaves and 100 ml water to a blender, mix the ingredients well and consume the mixture. Take the mixture twice daily.[5]