Th­ese ev­ery­day items in your kitchen are best cure for sick days

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Eat­ing kiwi for bet­ter vi­sion, spinach for pe­riod pain or water­melon for the lack of sex drive — th­ese read­ily avail­able food items are all you need. And you might be sur­prised to know that all the re­quired in­gre­di­ents for the recipe of good health are eas­ily avail­able in your kitchen. Sim­ple food items such as broc­coli, choco­late and cin­na­mon can be life savers when it comes to ev­ery­day ail­ments.

Choco­late: It’s not only a mood-en­hancer, but it also helps re­duce symp­toms of de­pres­sion. Be­sides that, it can help re­verse age­ing. The darker the choco­late, the bet­ter.

Broc­coli: Eat­ing a hand­ful of broc­coli will help you fight a dis­ease like arthri­tis. Ex­tracts of broc­coli — a cru­cif­er­ous veg­etable rich in vi­ta­mins, fi­bre and dis­ease-fight­ing phy­to­chem­i­cals — may be ben­e­fi­cial for peo­ple with Type 2 di­a­betes too.

Mush­rooms: Suf­fer­ing from ail­ments reg­u­larly? In­crease your in­take of mush­rooms as it is filled with im­mune­boost­ing an­tiox­i­dants called er­goth­ioneine, which can help ward off viruses. In­clud­ing mush­rooms in your diet can im­prove the health of your brain with sci­en­tists claim­ing that it may en­hance cere­bral nerve growth and sig­nif­i­cantly cut the risk of de­men­tia and Alzheimer’s.

Chicken soup: Re­mem­ber how your grand­mother said that chicken soup could cure any­thing? Well, it’s true. Chicken soup has carno­sine that helps fight off flu virus in its early stages.

Cin­na­mon: Feel­ing tired from your long travel? Add some cin­na­mon to your snack, meal or smoothie. It helps with di­ges­tion, calms stom­ach mus­cles and helps pre­vent mo­tion sick­ness.

Water­melon:

Did you know that water­melon is packed with phy­tonu­tri­ents cit­rulline that in­creases the body’s level of ni­tric ox­ide? This re­laxes the blood ves­sels and im­proves blood cir­cu­la­tion, thus de­creas­ing the amount of time it takes to get aroused.

Spinach: A de­fi­ciency in vi­tal min­er­als can cause spasms in the uterus. Eat spinach and kale that are rich in mag­ne­sium to ease the pain.

Onion: This con­tains al­licin, which is a pow­er­ful an­tibi­otic. It is an ef­fec­tive cure for cold, flu, stom­ach and uri­nary in­fec­tion. Onions also con­tain quercetin that pro­motes good choles­terol and may have can­cer-fight­ing prop­er­ties.

Pineap­ple: It has a pow­er­ful anti-in­flam­ma­tory ef­fect which helps with con­di­tions such as arthri­tis. Pineap­ples have also been found to re­duce asthma.

Kiwi: This fruit helps pro­tect against the im­paired vi­sion. It is a rich source of lutein, an an­tiox­i­dant com­monly found in eggs and dark green veg­eta­bles.

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Choco­late is not only a mood-en­hancer, but it also helps re­duce symp­toms of de­pres­sion

Pineap­ple has a pow­er­ful anti-in­flam­ma­tory ef­fect that helps with con­di­tions such as arthri­tis

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