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Can spicy foods cure cold? A neuroscientist reveals the encouraging truth
31/01/2023 11:01 AM | Click to read full article
For centuries, capsaicin, the natural compound responsible for the kick in spicy food, has been used as a health remedy. It’s been applied to wounds and used as anaesthesia. Can spicy food clear a cold? The quick answer is no. Colds are caused by a virus, and capsaicin can’t fight viruses. There is currently no cure for the common cold. If there ever is one, we’ll be the first to tell you about it. However, it’s possible for spicy food to alleviate some cold symptoms, so read on.