Five super spices to help you beat the flu

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14th March, 2020 11:40:20 printer

Five super spices to help you beat the flu


There is nothing like age-old home remedies that have been counted on by generations. Found easily in the kitchen, these spices, while adding zing to your food, are also potent immune system warriors.

Here are 5 spices that will help you beat the flu and prepare your body.


Turmeric is enriched with curcumin. Possessing antiviral qualities, it is a strong cold and flu fighter. Curcumin also helps lower the levels of inflammatory enzymes (caused due to infection) in your body and also purifies blood.

Cumin Seeds

Cumin seeds are a good source of iron, a mineral that is an integral component of haemoglobin, which helps transport oxygen from the lungs to all body cells. Important for energy production and metabolism, it helps keep the immune system healthy.

Black Pepper

Kavita explains that “black pepper is both an antioxidant and an antibacterial agent and thus contributes to overall wellness. It also has vitamin C, which naturally boosts immunity and works as an excellent antibiotic.”


Clove is an organic expectorant, which helps to break up phlegm in the throat and oesophagus and helps prevent respiratory tract infections.

Carom Seeds

This component, which is easily found in the kitchen, wards off cold and nasal blockage easily. It also helps in effectively dealing with respiratory ailments associated with myriad flues.

Here is a concoction suggested by the expert:

Warm up some milk, add some powered pure turmeric and a pinch of pepper to it and drink at night before going to sleep. If milk does not work for you, then add some turmeric to warm water, along with ginger and pepper (both potent infection busters) and begin your day fighting fit.

Eat 2 grams of pan-roasted carom seeds every day. You can even have carom tea: Boil water, add black or green tea, and add carom, ginger, and elaichi. Add milk and let the mixture boil well for about three minutes.