Malaria: Treatment, Diet and Home Remedies

Food and Nutrition

Foods to be taken
  • As sweating and fever cause considerable loss of fluid, drink plenty of watery substances like soups, milk, lime juice, etc. Water with some salt and sugar is also excellent.
  • Coconut water may be particularly beneficial in reducing vomiting and replacing the loss of fluid and electrolytes.
  • Individuals having vitamin A deficiency are more likely to contract malaria hence foods rich in vitamin A such as milk, fruits (mangoes, papaya) and vegetables (carrots, tomatoes, drumstick, amaranth, spinach, pumpkin) should be taken.
  • Zinc deficient individuals are also more likely to get malarial infection. Foods rich in zinc are meat, poultry, beans, nuts, certain types of seafood (such as crab and lobster), whole grains, fortified breakfast cereals, and dairy products.
Foods to be avoided
  • Alcohol, tea, coffee, and other caffeinated beverages
  • Refined and processed foods, including white flour, cakes, and pastries
  • Meat, sauces, pickles, and other condiments should also be avoided


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