Ever since winter knocked everyone around seems to befall sick and catching a cold and cough. It may be because our immunity tends to dip during the chilly months. Immunity is a defense mechanism of your body that works against harmful bacterial and viral infections. When our immunity is weak, it results in the body’s incapability to fight infections, which makes us more inclined to diseases.
Did you know, there are several spices that have incredible health benefits? Besides adding flavorsome punch to food, spices are storehouses of antioxidants, minerals, and micronutrients.
Here are some spices that ramp up the immune system and help stave away the dreaded viral flu:
Some ace nutritionists kept green chilly on top as the prime spice to boost your metabolism. In fact, studies state that green chilly can speed up metabolism as over 50 per cent for up to three hours after eating. Loaded with Vitamin C, regular green chilies intake will help prevent frequent cold and sinusitis.
It contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial actions. Pepper is more than just a table spice it also has immune system-enhancing benefits. You can kickstart your day with a cup of black coffee with a pinch of black pepper powder. It helps to break down proteins and improve digestion.
It stops spikes in blood sugar after a meal which helps in lowering risk factors for pre-diabetes. Experts say cinnamon is sensitive to insulin and is excellent for healing PCOS due to insulin resistance properties. Try a cup of hot cinnamon tea to wind up a long winter day.
This is a well know spice for its versatility and benefits. Yellow turmeric root contains curcumin, known for its anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimicrobial advantages. In fact, grandmother’s potion Haldi doodh, and its hipper version, turmeric latte, are considered magic elixirs to ward off the common cold and seasonal flu.
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