Fenugreek helps keep winter
cold at bay
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A hot curry laced with fenugreek can act as a ' winter elixir' to keep cold
During the test period, the volunteers, 10 of whom had colds and flu symptoms,
consumed half a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds twice a week in a curry.
The cold-afflicted volunteers reported immediate and sustained relief from
symptoms of runny nose, cough, sneezing, sore throat and tiredness.
Volunteers, who were fit and healthy at the outset, remained that way for the
duration of the trial, despite usually coming down with a cold at least once in
the same period.
"We already know that some foods and spices can help alleviate the symptoms of
the cold, but the results of these studies show that fenugreek is significantly
more beneficial," Bains was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
"I couldn't call this a miracle ingredient but it's not far off," he said and
added that he was planning further clinical trials with the help of an American
Fenugreek, also called Greek hay and wild clover, has been recognised as having
medicinal properties for centuries.
The common cold strikes millions of people worldwide during winter. But a cure
has long evaded doctors because the virus mutates rapidly from patient to