Maintaining the body’s immunity is an important part to avoid risks that interfere with health. The immune system is needed to provide defense against pathogens and protect the body from infection.
Infection in the body elicits an inflammatory response or inflammation, as the body’s natural immune system reacts against disease.
“It is important to reduce inflammation, one of which is through the fulfillment of nutrients that contain substances that can inhibit excessive inflammation,” said Chairman of the Indonesian Traditional Medicines and Herbal Medicine Development Association (PDPOTJI) Dr. (Cand.) dr. Ingrid Tania, M.Si in the Combiphar seminar, Wednesday (9/2/2022).
Ingrid explained, there are several micronutrients and antioxidant compounds that the body needs for optimizing the immune system and reducing the risk of infection and inflammation.
These types of micronutrients and antioxidant compounds include vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and several minerals such as magnesium, zinc, and iron, as well as antioxidant compounds such as flavonoids and phenolic acids.
Honey has nutrients such as vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, protein, iron calcium, and other mineral ingredients as well as flavonoid compounds and phenolic acids, which are needed to boost the immune system, and can provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
The combination of honey and several other complementary ingredients can be an alternative to complementary supplements. honey and some herbal ingredients into the intake list that can help complete nutritional needs, especially micronutrients, as well as these antioxidant compounds. It is formulated into a drink that can increase antioxidants, as well as improve health comprehensively.
Ginger has immunomodulatory effects, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger can relieve coughs and indigestion.
Lime juice contains vitamin C and folate, both of which have a role in maintaining the integrity of the immunological barrier and supporting the function of various types of immune cells. Lime also has various types of antioxidants, such as a group of polyphenolic compounds, such as flavonoids.
Lemongrass is rich in vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, zinc, and iron, as well as essential oils that can activate T and B lymphocytes that play a role in the immune system.
Curcuma functions as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, an immunomodulator by increasing the response of T cells for cellular defense and B cells for antibody production and increasing the ability of free radical prophylactic.
To get optimal benefits from a herbal drink mixed with honey and some of the ingredients mentioned above, it is suggested before you eat so that the absorption can be maximal and the right time to do so is morning and evening.
The healthy ways to mix and drink honey and herbal concoctions are as follows:
1. Mixing herbal ingredients is preceded by washing the ingredients thoroughly in running water.
2. Twenty (20) grams of ginger and 10 grams of ginger, sliced, add 1 lemongrass, just crushed.
3. Put in 300 ml of boiling water and boil for 10 minutes in a clay pot or glass pot or stainless steel pot.
4. After the stove is turned off, let stand 5 minutes to reduce the heat, then strain and pour into a glass.
5. Add 10 ml of honey and give the juice of 1 lime, stir until evenly distributed.
Pro tip: mix honey into herbal drinks or warm water, with a temperature of 60 degrees Celsius or less, in order to provide optimal benefits. Never mix honey with boiling water.