Cumin - the common cold zapping spice

It's that time of year again when we may succumb to cold and flu viruses.  There are many theories as to why this is.  It could be that we are staying in more with the heating on or it could be that the shorter days have less sunlight to destroy the viruses.  

Cumin helps fight the viruses that cause the common cold.  It is really helpful if your cold is accompanied by a cough as it dries up mucus.  In addition, it is a source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is required in larger quantities by your immune system when fighting an infection, so it is important to keep levels optimum in your body.  It is also a source of vitamin A which helps keep your mucus membranes in tip top condition.

There are many recipes on this blog that use cumin.  Why not try my 'Sweet potato and dhal bake'- You can also make a cumin tea by stirring a teaspoon of powdered cumin in boiling water.  Allow to cool a little before drinking.  Do not drink more than once a day and avoid the cumin tea altogether if  you are pregnant.  

Stay well this autumn.

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