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Pep up your pepper intake to beat cold and flu

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In this era of coronavirus, stocking up on immunity-boosting ingredients at home is a must. They can prevent you from cold, cough and flu — symptoms that are similar to Covid-19 but can be controlled from getting aggravated with simple home remedies. Black pepper is one such wonder ingredient, which when added to most food items boosts your virus-fighting power. Here are some simple preparations to try at home.

Kadha

Enriched with Vitamin C, it naturally boosts immunity and works as an antibiotic. Take a vessel and pour a cupful of water. Add some ground tulsi leaves, half a teaspoon of black pepper and half a teaspoon of chopped ginger. Bring to a boil. You can add honey to the concoction if you like it sweet.

Tonic

While the best bet is to crush some black pepper in your mouth every morning on an empty stomach, you can also mix the crushed peppercorns with honey to alleviate chest congestion, un-clog the nose and act as a natural cough suppressant.

Black pepper’s health benefits

Powerful antioxidant
Boosts nutrient absorption
Promotes digestion
Prevents diarrhoea

Pepper rasam

It is a common clear soup that works wonders to ward off cold and flu. You have to dry-roast two red chillies, black pepper, cumin seeds, garlic and four-five curry leaves. Grind them coarsely in a mixer and keep aside. Heat oil and add chopped tomatoes, curry leaves, haldi and salt. Now add the coarse masala and mix well. Close the lid and cook for 10 minutes. In another pan put oil, mustard seeds, hing and temper, but do not burn the spices. Turn off the flame and sprinkle some more black pepper.

Healthy paste

Making a paste of black pepper, haldi and ghee can go a long way in boosting immunity and warding off cold. This concoction is every grandma’s favourite and easily available in kitchens. It reduces inflammation too.

“Black pepper is a great source of antioxidants and good for the throat during cold and cough. It’s a spice that is used liberally in our cooking. It is more relevant in these times of Covid-19. Together with ginger and turmeric, it builds more immunity. But of course, it has to be taken in moderation. Half to one teaspoon throughout the day or five-six peppercorns are enough to put in your curry, pulao, raita, dal, salad, eggs etc. Even young children can take them in milder form mixed with water for throat infection.”

— Nina Singh, consultant dietician

Tea

Your morning cuppa can be the best immunity booster if you add a generous sprinklíng of black pepper to it. If you are suffering from cold or want to prevent yourself from catching it, add crushed black pepper or black pepper powder with sea salt instead of sugar to your cups of chai. Boil it and gulp down the magic potion.

 

Source: Times of India

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