Is your cold making you feel miserable? Fortunately the cold-induced pain can be cured with the help of mustard and garlic, according to a new study.
Allodynia is a condition where patients are over-sensitive to cold and experience pain when exposed to it. Researchers have now found that the cure to this sensation could be in the olfactory receptors that react to pungent substances like mustard and garlic. The reason is that spices affect nerves that are part of the pain system. So the same receptor for mustard and garlic that irritates the nerve cells also responds to cold.
Receptors for mustard and garlic are found in many locations in the body, including the skin, bladder and gut. Blocking these receptors can help in relieving the pain caused by cold.
So, kick off the uneasiness with these spices and enjoy the chills!