Immunity is very important fo us. This can protect our body from virus, bactertia, and other little-dangerous substances. If our immunity is low or stop working properly, our body doesn’t have shield and then these dangerous things can attack body. As result, we can be weak and cannot do anything. For this, we need a lot of resources to increase our health.

Immunity boost can found on some of Indonesia’s spices. These ingredients can be mix with food and then add into meal and cooking foods. We can add this into drink, like juices, mixed milk, and so on.

1. Ginger for Health

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Ginger or Zingiber officinale is the most used things around the world. Because this is very delicious and healthy for our body. This can be dried, powdered, or can be juice and oil. This can be found as the fresh things also. People can consume this as ginger tea. This is can be added with turmeric. Add this with honey can be good idea. Indian people use this on Biryani, which can make this food smells spicy. Some others use this on ginger ale.

It contains nutririents and bioactive compunds. That are powerful benefits for your body and brain. Because this has a number of active substances such as terpenoids and phenolics. These compounds can be natural antioxidants. Three types of phenolics: gingerol, shogaol, dan paradol. The gingerol is found on fresh ginger. Shogaol is found on heated-fresh ginger and fresh ginger that be stored for a long time.

Both gingerol and shogaol can keep our cells from free radicals. If ginger is hot and spicy, it means that compounds are still kept inside. Other phenolics on ginger are quercetin, zingerone, gingerenone-A, and 6-dehydrogigeridone. These compounds can increase our immunity. We can brew it two to four grams each day.

2. Turmeric’s Benefit for Body

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Turmeric can increase immunity. This contains curcumin which can prevent inflammatory. From The AAPS Journal, turmeric’s promising properties for various inflammation-related ailments. Starting from cancer, cardiovascular disease, acute coronary syndrome, joint disease, atherosclerosis, and diabetes. Turmeric can control blood sugar and body weight.

There are several ways to enjoy turmeric. Like turmeric tea. Turmeric tea is another tea which contains ginger root, lemon, and pepper. Some people also add avocado oil and grass-fed butter into this tea. If you want to grind turmeric, you can add one teaspoon of ghee and drink it coldly. In India, people use this on Maash ki daal which can make it smells good.

3. We Also Can Eat Lemongrass

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Lemongrass or Cymbopogon citratus has alcohol, terpenes, ketones, aldehydes, and esters. Its essential oil contains Citral, Nerol Geraniol, Citronellal, Terpinolene, Geranyl acetate, Myrcene, and Terpinol Methylheptenone. That’s why this can counter amoebas and bacteria. This oil can be herbicide and insecticide because it is antimicrobe. This boiled lemongrass can reduce inflammatory. It can prevent our body from tumor because our body increases immunity after eating.

People can eat them by peeling off any dry or tough layers or without remove anything at all. We should choose this carefully. We can look this by the firm, pale-green stalks with fat, little dry but not yellowed lemon. Storing this by wrap in plastic and store in refrigerator for 2 weeks.

4. Honey’s Impact for Body

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The mix of honey and ginger can be more powerful. Adding honey can be more healthy. Honey has Phenolic acids, Ascorbic acid, Tocopherols, catalase (CAT), Superoxide dismutase (SOD), reduced glutathione (GSH), Peptides, dan Maillard reaction products.

There are synergically produce antioxidants. These antioxidants are occurred by high phenol. Phenol prevents our body from free radicals. We should consume honey 1,2 grams per kg bb. After we consume, our immunity increase like lymphocytes, eosinophils, and monocytes. Honey can obstruct the growth of bacteria Salmonella diarrhoea, Salmonella typhi, Vibrio cholerae, Yersinia enterocolitica, and Shigella dysentery.

Every 100 grams of honey consist of : protein 0.3 g; carbohydrat 82.4 g; water 17,1 g; calcium 6 mg; phosphor 4 g; iron 0.42 g; thiamin 0.02 mg; riboflavin 0.038 mg; niacin 0.121 mg; pantotenat acid 0.068 mg; pyridoxine 0.024 mg; phlate 0.002 mg; vitamin C 0.5 g; calcium 6 mg; magnesium 2 mg; pottasium 52 mg; sodium 4 mg, and zinc 0.22 mg.

There are 4 Indonesian spices which we can use as immune booster. Although we consume these alot, but we need to maintain our mind to calm. Because the biggest factor about disease (even from virus also) comes from stress and anxiety. Hope this is good information for you.

Source :, Airlangga University

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