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Immunity Boosting Spices

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Immunity is the ability to resist a particular infection or toxin by the action of specific antibodies or sensitized white blood cells. This immunity boosting has become one of the mostly discussing topics during this Covid-19 pandemic. The most common actions to achieve an immune boost are through our food and diet. As Sri Lankans we have a very good culture of incorporating different types of spices to our daily diet. So with this fact, we can look for the best spices which have a great power in improving our immunity against several diseases. Nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, clove, black pepper ,ginger ,fennel and garlic are some of the spices which are beneficial in this regards. Since all of us are looking for alternative natural ways to boost our immune systems, especially at this time, We can add these spices to smoothies, soups, stews ,baked goods and of course to our daily culinary to help keep our body healthy.

Nutmeg
This is a highly valued spice from a dark leaved evergreen tree cultivated mostly in Mathale, Kandy, Kegalle area. There are two spices derived from its fruit: nutmeg and mace. nutmeg is a slightly sweet ground spice used to flavour drinks, puddings, confectioneries, meats, sauces, baked goods etc. It contains powerful antioxidants which protect cells from damage caused by free radicals and also has anti-inflammatory properties which can help to prevent adverse health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease. Nutmeg has strong antibacterial properties that can help boost the immune system. We can add a bit of nutmeg powder to our tea also. During this time when protecting our health is at an all-time high, it’s always handy to have a jar of nutmeg in your kitchen cupboard.

Cinnamon
Cinnamon comes from the inner tree bark of several evergreen trees and is often used to flavor cereals, drinks and baked goods, snack foods, tea, and traditional foods. This aromatic spice is a rich source of antioxidants like polyphenols and proanthocynidins which contribute in boosting our immune system against viral, bacterial and fungal infections. Also it help in reducing the chances of respiratory diseases and seasonal infections. Cinnamon is packed with valuable nutrients including Vitamins A, B6, C, E and K and when compared with other spices , it came out on top for protecting your body from free radicals. Adding cinnamon to your diet can also help to prevent heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.We can also prepare tea by adding cinnamon to it as a daily practice.

Cardamom
Cardamom is a spice made from seed pods of various plants in the ginger family. They are spindle shaped and have a triangular cross section. This has an intense, slightly sweet flavor that some people compare to mint.it is a rich source of minerals and antioxidants that aid in blood detoxification and resolve digestive issues. The small pods are often used in curries and in Ayurvedic medicine to help prevent respiratory infections, coughs, colds and asthma due to its inclusion of vitamin C .

Coriander
The most popular spice for its well-known quality of immunity boosting these days. The health benefits of consuming coriander are many. The tiny seed helps to reduce blood pressure and can prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals. They also contain potent antioxidants which help to fight inflammation within the body. The compounds include terpinene,quercetin and tocopherols which may have anticancer,immune-boosting and neuroprotective effects.

Black pepper
This, the most traded spice in the world, was often referred to as ‘black gold’ as it was an expensive commodity only the wealthy could afford. Sri Lanka produces Ceylon pepper, a distinct variety of black pepper with a pungent flavor that is formed by the terroir of the country. Today, black pepper is frequently used to season pasta dishes, sandwiches, soups and even used in Ayurvedic oils. Including it in our daily diet can help boost our immunity. The health benefits are many, not only does it add delicious flavour to recipes, black pepper also protects your body against inflammation, respiratory infections, free radicals, premature ageing, certain cancers and heart disease.

Clove
Clove is a plant grown in parts of Asia and South America. They are the aromatic flower buds of clove tree. People also use its oil,leaves and stem for medicinal purposes. This is another spice that has incredible immunity boosting abilities. Clove contains a chemical called eugenol that help to decrease pain and fight against infections. This medicinal spice is used in many ayurvedic remedies for cough and cold and also works well to shield our body against infections. This can be used in our gravies, include it in making tea or flavoured hot water.

Ginger
Ginger is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or ginger is widely used as a spice. It is often used to flavour sweets, tea, wine, seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes and is bursting with nutritional value containing many Vitamin B numbers including B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B9. Ginger can fight flu symptoms and nausea, reduce muscular pain, it has anti-inflammatory benefits, plus it can treat chronic indigestion and lower blood sugar levels. Drinking ginger tea or fresh ginger juice can prove to be beneficial in keeping us strong during the flu season.

Fennel
Fennel derives from the carrot family, growing as part of a flowering plant in several Mediterranean regions. It’s often used in teas, salads and dipping sauces and its potent aniseed flavour makes it popular for use in curry recipes. Fresh fennel bulb is a good source of vitamin C, critical for immune health , tissue repair and collagen synthesis. Additionally Vitamin C acts as a potent antioxidant in your body, protecting against cellular damage caused by unstable molecules called free radicals. Also it contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and has high nutritional values of calcium, iron, magnesium and manganese. It means that fennel can help with anemia, respiratory disorders and assist with boosting your immunity.

Turmeric
This is a well-known spice for its healing powers. It is a much popular spice in Sri Lankan culinary, in fact we use it in preparing almost every curry in our household in order to enhance flavor and colour. Turmeric contains a special substance called lipopolysaccharide, which acts as an antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal component and stimulate our immune system. This is a natural way to help boost the immune system by increasing the immunomodulating capacity of the body. So by adding some extra turmeric into our diet during flu season to help give our immune system a little boost. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogen, It not only boosts our immune system but it helps cleanse our lymphatic system.

Garlic
Garlic is a species in the onion genus, Allium. This is used widely as a flavouring agent in cooking, but it has also been used as a medicine throughout ancient and modern history. Some researchers suggest that raw garlic has the most benefits. But in some studies,they have said that both raw and cooked garlic can be much beneficial to our health. Whole garlic contains a compound called alliin. These compounds are said that they will boost the disease fighting response of some types of white blood cells in the body when they encounter viruses , such as the viruses that cause the common cold or flu .Garlic has also been used to treat different types of diseases like bronchitis, hypertension, liver disorders and diabetes etc



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