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Fight colds and flu with this easy-to-make soup!

Ginger and garlic soup can boost your immune system, and relieve cold and flu symptoms. These two superfoods are combined, and also help to alleviate the symptoms of sinus infections.

Health benefits of garlic

Garlic contains allicin, a compound that is known for anti-microbial, antiviral, anti-fungal, and antioxidant properties. It also affects the body by lowering blood pressure, and supporting the digestive, circulatory and immune systems.

Garlic can:

*regulate high blood pressure

*fight allergies

*diminish plaque from the arteries

*regulate blood sugar levels

*expel parasites

*reduce inflammation

*help prevent weight gain

*treat sore throats

*soothe upper respiratory tract infections.

It is a vital source of vitamins of nutrients that can combat cold and flu symptoms. Researchers conducted a 12-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, testing the potency of allicin powder on cold symptoms. The results showed that the powder reduced the symptoms by over 50%.

Health benefits of ginger

Ginger has been used for centuries to cure colds, fevers, digestive issues and other conditions. It is also a potent anti-inflammatory, and effective in soothing arthritis. Many studies have proven its effectiveness in treating nausea and vomiting as well. Many studies proved ginger to have antioxidant, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties, which are helpful when curing cold and flu symptoms.

Ingredients:

*4 green onions, finely sliced

*50g of grated root ginger

*2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely diced

*7 cups of chicken broth or stock (or vegetable stock for vegans)

*1 finely-diced, medium-hot chili pepper

Method:

*Place the onions, garlic and ginger in a large pot, and gently sauté on a low heat for two minutes

*Add the stock or broth, and bring the soup to the boil

*Gently simmer until all the ingredients are softened

*Add the chopped chili pepper and simmer for five minutes, before serving with warm, crusty bread.

Variations:

*If you are not a fan of spicy, try replacing the chili pepper with some sprinkled cinnamon instead, for other health benefits

*For a heartier soup, add carrots and butternut squash to the pot. Allow them to simmer until softened, and then puree the soup

*If you want to turn the cold-fighting benefits of this soup into a full meal, add sliced mushrooms, chopped broccoli, and cubed organic chicken cutlets, into the pot

*For vegan options, add beans instead of chicken. Add some wild rice or quinoa into the individual bowls, and you have an easy and flu-fighting meal!

 

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