Medical science is playing a great role in saving lives from diseases. But it appears that both are neck to neck in a race to beat each other. There is hardly a much gap between the medical research on some existing ill-health issues when a new life-threatening disease outbreaks.
What’s the Immune System?
Our immune system is a naturally built line of defense within our body that protects our organs and fights against the attacks by the pathogen microbes. It’s formed of cells that contain some chemicals that destroy bacteria, viruses, fungus and parasites.
The main function of the immune system is to protect the body from infections. When antigen bodies attack any part of our organs, our immune system becomes active and stands up like a wall against these bacteria, viruses, fungus and parasites.
This protective wall consists of blood cells, bone marrow, antibodies, spleen, thymus and lymphatic system.
This inbuilt mechanism of immunity is well spread and well connected across the vital organs including the brain, skin, heart, liver, lungs, respiratory system, kidneys and blood cells.
Why Do You Need To Have A Stronger Immunity?
Our food intake and the environment we are living in, include tons of toxins, harmful proteins and pathogenic microbes. All these work in a diverse direction that damages our tissues, cells and parts of organs.
Our immunity is a system within our body gifted to us by nature that automatically fights against infections & diseases and protects our lives., When this system becomes weak due to any reason, it fails to fight against the possible ill-health conditions in routine or naturally.
Due to our eating habits and lifestyle, including excessive smoking and alcohol consumption, we weaken our immunity and fall prey to diseases.
According to WHO, about 26,00,000 people die every year due to communicable respiratory infections that have since been recognized and are treated. Deaths and patients who get infected due to some particular disease outbreak are in addition to this number of deaths.
To understand this phenomenon, look at the following table of deadly disease outbreak in the last 125 years;
The latest in the series needs no introduction. It’s indeed, Covid-19, the worst ever and unseen since the evolution of civilizations.
There is no country on the whole earth that has not seen a Covid-19 patient.
Though the number of people actually infected and deaths, both are uncertain, yet according to official data released by the affected countries, more than 38,00,00,000 people have been infected and about 40,00,000 have died. There are no signals of the disease receding as yet; rather the outbreak of its new waves is a topic of hot discussions.
Kitchen Spices That Strengthen Our Immunity
Our need is to find out some alternative to conventional immunity builder medicines.
In India, our ancestors have been using herbs and spices since time immemorial. Subsequently, they became part of our conventional Ayurvedic Medicine System. Using spices in our food may add flavor to our food at no extra cost, but their main function is to keep us healthy and fit.
There are some lab-tested kitchen spices that are proven to boost up our immunity and help to keep us healthy.
The actual nutritional values of each product vary from variety to variety and quality to quality. To know their health benefits if any, their nutritional values are taken into consideration on an approximate or average basis.
Some of these are listed below.
This spice is obtained from tree bark and is one of the best sources of compounds that strengthen our immune system. It’s available in the form of small pieces and can be used as whole or grinded in powder form.
One spoon of powdered Cinnamon contains the following nutrients.
Energy: 245 calories
Calcium: 1000 mg
Iron: 8 mg
Potassium: 430 mg
Vitamin A: 290 IU
Vitamins B:(In all forms) 18 mg
Vitamin C: 3.8 mg
Vitamin E: 2.30 mg
The second best immunity booster spice is nutmeg. These are almond shaped that look like small nuts. This spice is rich in antioxidants that prevent viruses and bacteria from growing.
Estimated Nutritional values of per 100 gms nut megs are below mentioned.
Energy: 520 Kcal
Carbohydrates: 50 gm
Proteins: 6 gm
Vitamin A: 100 IU
Vitamin B ( In all forms) : 1.5 mg
Potassium: 360 mg
Sodium: 15 mg
Calcium: 185 mg
Iron: 3 mg
Magnesium: 180 mg
Phosphorus: 215 mg
Zinc: 2 mg
Cloves are recognized as one of the best spices for their medicinal values. They are highly antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antiseptica. They have the following nutritional values.
Per 5 gm (1 Spoon)
Energy: 20 calories
Carbohydrates: 4 gm
Proteins: 0.3 gm
Vitamin A: 35 IU
Vitamin B (In all forms): 0.4 mg
Vitamin C: 5 mg
Vitamin K: 9 mcg
Iron: 0.6 mg
It’s also available in white form. Both the spices have their own compounds & nutritional values, but one thing common in them is, both are immunity boosters.
Ginger is one of the most common spices that is used in India Subcontinent and other countries in Asia. Ginger contains an oil that kills germs, viruses and bacteria.