We all need an extra boost of immunity during flu season. Washing your hands, drinking OJ, and taking vitamin supplements can help prevent an onset of the common cold, but it’s always nice to have an extra layer of defense – especially one with an extra kick.
Hot chili peppers, an obvious dominant ingredient of hot sauce, contain high levels of vitamin C (around 40mg in fact – 4x that of an orange). Vitamin C has been proven to help boost your immune system and build a wall of defense against the viruses that cause colds.
Antioxidants are another powerful element in chili peppers that act as tiny super heroes, fighting off free radicals that can wreak havoc on our cells.
In the case you do get a cold, adding hot sauce to your favorite foods can help relieve your stuffy nose by clearing out your sinuses. Capsaicin, the active component in chili peppers is a sneaky double agent acting as both a natural decongestant and pain reliever which can come in handy when a cold strikes.
Coughs and sore throats hate hot sauce too. Capsaicin can help thin mucus which can cause those nasty coughing attacks. It also is a natural anti-inflammatory and contains anti-bacterial properties to help rid you of painful and scratchy sore throats. The salt in hot sauce is an added benefit to cleanse the throat and reduce infection.
Here is a helpful recipe containing a blend of ingredients that are high in vitamin C and antioxidants to take on the onset and during a cold.
Mad Dog Elixir (prepare the drink below as you would prepare hot tea)