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Powerful Anti-Flu Spice

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You might call turmeric a miracle spice.  It is an anti-fungal, antiviral, and an anti-inflammatory…  and recent studies prove just how powerful it is.  Even better news… Experts tell us that we only need a teaspoon per day to curb the nasty seasonal cold and flu bugs.  This may have many people wondering if they should bi-pass their flu shot and get on a regimen of turmeric instead.

Over the past few decades, turmeric has been the source of countless disease prevention studies.   The spice itself has very few side-effects, it’s inexpensive, and it’s easy to find.  So the fact that it also has miraculous antibacterial and antiviral qualities, is outstanding news.

A 2010 study published in the Food Chemistry journal suggests that even 30 micrograms of the spice can reduce the production of influenza virus in cell culture by 90%.  Multiple other studies indicate that curcumin (the compound found in turmeric) also prevents entry of Influenza viral genome into the host cell.  In other words, if you’re eating it regularly, there’s a good chance you won’t catch the flu.

How to Take Turmeric

Turmeric is a no-brainer if you’re into Indian cuisine.  Soups, sauces… It’s something that I actually use year-round.  I’d never actually considered using it in a tea.

Here is a GREAT honey turmeric tea recipe  over at 101 Cookbooks.  She uses this concoction to assist with aches and pains associated with an injury.  But again, this could be used to help curb a cold/flu:

1/3 cup / 80 ml good, raw honey
2 1/2 teaspoons dried turmeric
lemon
lots of freshly ground black pepper

It is safe to take up to 1 tsp turmeric on a daily basis without any side effects.

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