Diet for Malaria Treatment | Foods to Avoid Malaria Disease

Malaria is an communicable disease with is associated with high grade fever with chills and is often transmitted by  mosquitoe bites. This  infectious disease  is caused by  four species of Plasmodium. The milder cases of the  condition  are caused by Plasmodium malariae, Plasmodium vivax, Plasmodium ovale while the severe cases are caused by Plasmodium falciparum. Plasmodium knowlesi is a strain that affects macaques but could also be transmitted to humans.

Malaria is a fairly common  disease, which is also responsible for hundreds of deaths each year. . Estimates suggest that approximately  225 million cases of malaria are recorded each year, mostly observed in underdeveloped or developing countries. Malaria is transmitted by mosquites which thrive in unsanitary conditions, which is considered to be the primary  reason for these high figures of malaria infections in the developing world and limits the ability to eradicate the condition compeletely. .

Also, poverty in the underdeveloped nations makes the people have less access to vaccinations and medications for the management of malaria. Further lower levels of awareness also contribute significantly to the high rates of malaria infection in the population.

 Malaria Protection and Prevention

There are different strategies that can help in preventing the contracting of the plasmodium parasite provided the person is extra careful,

  •  Mosquito nets are considered to be beneficial in preventing mosquito bites. These mosquito nets are often medicated, which prevent the mosquito from entering them and biting an individual
  • Wearing long  clothing, can also provide protection against mosquito bites, as it reduced the amount of  exposed skin that mosquitoes can possibly bite.
  • Malaria Vaccines and living in sanitary conditions also plays a crucial role in preventing malaria infections. Using mosquito repellants that are readily available in the market can prevent malaria infection. However these mosquito repellants are widely known to be associated with allergic reactions, especially among sensitive individuals.

Malaria Diet

There are no specific dietary suggestions to prevent the malaria infection; however there are certain dietary suggestions that can hasten recovery, especially after a malaria infection

  • This malaria fast or diet is started with an all orange juice and water diet that should be made to run for five to ten days, depending on how high a fever the person has. An enema that uses warm water should also be administered during this period from time to time for toxin cleansing.
  • A fruit diet then follows this fasting diet, and the patient should eat nothing but fruits for three days. Only fresh fruit should be given, no canned fruits. The fruits that the patient can eat include papayas, pineapples, oranges, apples, grapes, mangos, and grapefruit. Milk is then added after the third day.
  • After this stage, the next stage consists of a balanced diet that still has fruit but now has seeds, grains and nuts and vegetables.
  • Some of the foods that need to be avoided when a person is trying to recuperate from malaria include coffee, strong tea, processed and refined foods, sauces, condiments, pickles, refined sugar, products made with white flour, alcoholic beverages, and all meat products.

9 thoughts on “Diet for Malaria Treatment | Foods to Avoid Malaria Disease

  • May 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm
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    My husband had malaria 2 weeks ago. He took proper medications as prescribed by the doctor, there is no fever or any other malarial symptoms. But he is complaining of tremendous weakness, what should he do?

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    • May 4, 2012 at 2:16 pm
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      Malaria is a debilitating disease. Primarily it affects red blood cells and liver. Even if your husband has taken full course of antimalarial treatment, it may take some time to recover. During this period of convalescence, he should eat nutritious food, drink enough amount of water, eat fruits and vegetable juices and protein containing food. If his Hemoglobin level is low, he should consult the doctor. The doctor may prescribe him with iron and vitamin supplements.

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  • December 16, 2012 at 9:05 am
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    I had Plasmodium falciparum malaria and was discharged from hospital 3 days back. How long will I have to avoid oily food,meat products and eggs? How many days do I need to take rest?

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    • December 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm
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      Too much oily food is always bad. However, normally a healthy diet is recommended during the recovery stage and thereafter. Doctors usually do not restrict eggs and meat in the convalescent stage. But, it is necessary to take rest even after taking complete treatment course.

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  • May 4, 2014 at 2:48 am
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    My brother has high fever for the last 2 days. Doctor has only prescribed paracetamol and tablets for vomiting. But this tablet has not been effective at all. What home remedies can I go for?

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  • October 6, 2014 at 3:01 pm
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    I am suffering from malaria for last two months. I have been treated with many medicines but not getting well. What should I do?

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    • October 29, 2014 at 2:23 pm
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      Malaria is common disease transmitted by malaria parasite carrying mosquito. Along with the conventional treatment you can also try home remedies. Grape fruit is one of the effective remedy for malaria. It contains quinine in natural form. Boil grapefruit and eat the extracted pulp. Another valuable home remedy is cinnamon. Take one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, pinch of pepper powder, and one teaspoon of honey. Boil all the content is a glass of water. Drink it once or two times in a day.

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  • November 2, 2014 at 3:54 pm
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    Is it true oily food hasten development of malaria fever? My friend complains he always felt feverish after eating Mellon.

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    • November 3, 2014 at 3:41 pm
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      It is not true. Malaria is caused from infected mosquito bite. A specific species of mosquito called anopheles mosquito when sucks blood of an infected individual having malaria, can transfer the germs of malaria to another healthy person while biting him. Your friend may be having some other reason for feeling feverish. He should get his blood checked if he gets fever off and on. Basic tests are Complete blood count, ESR, Blood sugar fasting and post prandial, Urine test and Stool test. Also if needed X-ray of chest.

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