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'Eat spicy Indian curries, keep swine flu at bay'

health-and-fitness Updated: Nov 06, 2009 09:54 IST

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Spicy Indian curries could prevent swine flu and common cold just like any prescribed medicine available with the chemists, Russian doctors have said.

"You can strengthen immunity by consuming spicy foods like curries, as spices like turmeric, ginger and zeera also posses excellent therapeutic effect," an unnamed official of Moscow city sanitary and anti-epidemics committee was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

As panic grips Muscovites over the spread of seasonal influenza and swine flu in the eastern parts of the country and neighbouring Ukraine, authorities are focusing on prevention and have ordered the use of masks at work place.

Besides the intake of spicy food, people have been advised to consume raw onions and garlic, which also are said to contain good anti-viral properties.

The mass vaccinations are expected to begin in Russia only from November 9, when the remaining clinical trails would be completed.