The tastiest medicine to add to your daily diet

Raise your hand if you love Thai food! But did you know that your dear bowl of Red Curry or Papaya Salad could also be the best cure for a bad cold?

One of the most popular cuisines in the world and a favorite of Americans, Thai cuisine is a fine balance of taste, health and visual pleasure. The savory combination of fresh tropical ingredients with fragrant herbs and spices works wonders on your taste buds and your overall health at the same time. You could say it’s basically the tastiest medicine in the world. Here’s why –

For starters, most Thai dishes are high in lean proteins like fish and seafood, which are probably the best source of minerals and omega fatty acids. Other proteins like tofu, nuts, lean meat, etc. also have their own advantages.

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The spices and herbs used in Thai cooking are known to have immense health benefits. In fact, each of the essential herbs like holy basil, chili peppers, lemongrass, galangal, ginger, and garlic have proven medicinal values. For example,

Turmeric – Used primarily in yellow curry and other southern Thai dishes, it is a natural digestive, antiseptic and antibacterial.

Peppers – Fresh chillies and peppers are rich in vitamin C, which is, as we all know, the best natural remedy for colds, flu, sore throats and congestion. Plus, it’s amazing for your skin and hair.

Lemongrass – Just like chili peppers, lemongrass is also a natural decongestant and helps fight minor infections and bacteria.

holy basil – Basil is an anti-inflammatory herb and rich in vitamins A and C, and iron, perfect for your daily dose of green vegetables.

Garlic – Although not everyone’s favorite, garlic is a natural antibiotic and can boost your immune system.

Other herbs like kaffir lime, galangal, ginger root, coriander root, etc. are also rich in essential nutrients and enzymes that help heal minor ailments like colds and indigestion. These herbs and spices are also known to boost your overall immunity and vital organ functions.

Thai food you could use as home remedies –

Thai Food Green Chicken Curry

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Tom Yum Soup – Made with peppers, lemongrass, garlic and galangal, this bowl of light and spicy concoction is a miracle cure for colds and coughs, congestion or even headaches.

Cucumber and Pineapple Salad – A refreshing meal for a hot summer day, this fresh and crunchy salad can relieve you of dehydration and boost your vitamin C levels.

One-Pot Meal – Want to start healthy eating? One-pot Thai meals like pad Thai or rice bowls could be a great idea for incorporating flavors and nutrition.

Next time you’re feeling a little down, try your favorite Thai dish, and it just might be the best medicine to have!