Vitality

Immune-Boosting Herbs And Spices To Buy Amid Pandemic

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have been stocking up on a lot of food and essentials that are enough to keep us holed up at home for at least a week or two.

Of course, it goes without saying that as far as food and ingredients are concerned, we should stock up on those that keep our bodies healthy and immune to infectious viruses within these crucial weeks. Because even with all the alcohol, hand sanitizers, medications and other essentials that we have in stock, these may have little effect if we have a weak immune system and continue to choose food that have less positive effects on our bodies.

All this means is that practicing a healthy diet is as vital as it was before the coronavirus outbreak began, especially with no cure in sight for this life-threatening virus. The good news is that Lucy Bishop, an experienced nutritional therapist based in Warwickshire, U.K., has listed some of the best immunity-boosting herbs and spices that you should buy now in the face of the COVID-19 threat, as per the Coventry Telegraph:

Ginger

A staple of Asian cuisine, ginger is a beneficial spice that is often used as an ingredient in some desserts (e.g. pumpkin pie, gingerbread). It can be used to make soups, curries and stir-fries, or to make a warm cup of fresh ginger tea.

Ginger possesses antibacterial properties and can inhibit viral activity in your body, therefore keeping coronavirus at bay. Some studies have found that its fresh root provides the most health benefits and can be used in many dishes.

Garlic 

Garlic's immunity-boosting properties are linked to its allicin content. Allicin itself is shown by research to have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties that could help prevent illness, especially virus-linked illnesses. 

Though normally used as an ingredient in making dishes, garlic as immunity- and health-boosting food is most effective if consumed raw.

Turmeric 

A spice that gives curries a yellow color, turmeric is rich in curcumin, an antioxidant that is known for its anti-inflammatory effects. 

Recent research has shown that turmeric can fight back against infectious viruses such as influenza and hepatitis C. 

Turmeric is not just an important ingredient when making curries, it can also be used to make hearty soups and smoothies. If you do not like its bitter taste, you can consume it in supplement form as well.

Cloves

Cloves are known mainly as a main ingredient of gingerbread baked goods and a staple in Indian cuisine.

This sweet and aromatic spice is high in antioxidants and packed with important nutrients. Clove essential oil, on the other hand, has antibacterial properties and can relieve respiratory conditions such as asthma and cough, with the latter being a major coronavirus symptom. 

You can use whole cloves to make a delicious immunity-boosting tea, especially when simmered with ginger roots.

Oregano

Oregano adds strong flavor and brings warmth to the dishes you make. A staple of Italian cuisine, this beneficial, healthy herb is more potent in oil form, but is still delicious and nutritious as a cooking ingredient.

Oregano contains various antioxidants, and one of these is carvacrol, which has been shown to reverse or reduce bacterial, fungal and viral infections.

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