Adding three threads of saffron to your daily diet can increase your ability to defeat viruses—plus it boosts the flu vaccine’s effectiveness if you start taking the spice at least a week before getting the shot, Indian researchers report. Saffron’s secret? It’s rich in a plant compound (called crocin) that signals white blood cells to attack viruses more aggressively. Simply soak the threads in a splash of warm water for 10 minutes, then add them (threads and the water) to recipes.
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