Spices to Strengthen the Immune System of Seniors

Did you know that black garlic, a fermented Korean product, was associated with immortality in Taoist mythology? While we’re not sure if it will give you supernatural powers, we can guarantee it will add richness and a unique flavour to eggs, dips and meats. 

Spices-not just the magic garlic mentioned above-are among the edibles that can strengthen our immune system. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an unhealthy diet is a major cause of many diseases and physical problems that affect the health of the elderly. Improper diets cause the onset of diabetes in seniors, for example. This needs to change, and it needs to change fast.

In today’s article on Living Maples, we will introduce the best spices to strengthen seniors’ immune systems.

Turmeric

A bowl of turmeric beside a few turmeric plants

This spice is one of the most critical liver cleansings compounds effective in regenerating damaged cells. According to research, the active ingredient in curcumin in turmeric has extraordinary antioxidant power that protects almost every organ of the human body and also prevents many diseases such as diabetes, cancer, depression, and cardiovascular diseases and strengthens the immune system. However, excessive consumption of turmeric may cause gastrointestinal problems and stomach ulcers.

Curry

Spices are among the substances humans have used for many years to add flavour to their foods. In addition to that, spices can also strengthen the immune system. Curry has a powerful antioxidant called alkaloid, which is present in its leaves and can play a significant role in protecting the body’s cells and preventing premature aging. It is naturally effective in maintaining and strengthening the immune system.

We should note that it is better to buy them whole or fresh and dry or grind them at home to benefit from spices and herbs’ properties. 

Oregano

It is a plant with dark green leaves covered with hairs and belongs to the mint family. Oregano has antioxidant properties. It also contains thymol, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Furthermore, oregano is highly suggested to strengthen the immune system of seniors to fight against infections. This plant is also very useful in controlling blood pressure.

Thyme

Thyme is one of the medicinal plants in the mint family and is rich in vitamin C. It is also a good source of vitamin A. As a powerful antiseptic, this spice is also beneficial for relieving cough, preventing tooth decay, and preventing infection due to its antibacterial properties.

Ginger

Ginger is an extremely medicinal plant that has been used to treat a variety of aches and pains over the years. It also contains gingerol’s active ingredient, which has antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Drinking ginger tea is an excellent way to keep your body healthy and warm when you have a cold or a virus outbreak. Ginger plays a vital role in strengthening the immune system and fighting diseases. It is also used as a spice in foods due to its excellent and spicy taste and aroma.

Garlic

Garlic is a powerful antibacterial that prevents infections and helps regenerate damaged liver cells. It also strengthens the immune system due to the active ingredient allicin by stimulating specific immune cells and regulating cytokines’ secretion. Hence, it is recommended to consume a maximum of three cloves daily.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a woody spice that contains the active and effective ingredients of Cinnamaldehyde, which gives a sweet and enjoyable taste to the tea. Furthermore, it is one of the spices used to accelerate weight loss, strengthen the immune system, and prevent chronic diseases. Cinnamon is also helpful in treating and improving cancer by reducing the development of blood supply to tumours. Cinnamon can be useful in lowering blood sugar, total cholesterol, and triglycerides.

Angelica

Angelica is a strong antiseptic and antimicrobial and removes toxins from the body.

Saffron: The Best Choice to Strengthen the Immune System

Not only does it make food fragrant, but it also strengthens the immune system. This plant is also full of B vitamins such as B1, B2, and B6 plus vitamin C, which are all very useful for having a healthy and high-functioning immune system. Besides, saffron contains carotenoids that affect the body’s immune response. Researchers also believe that this plant’s essential oils strengthen the immune system.

some saffron on a wooden table and a few saffron blooms

Moreover, researchers have found that saffron helps the immune system function by stimulating a rapid cellular response as a potential immune system booster. Due to the benefits of saffron in strengthening seniors’ immune systems, this plant can also have many effects in treating or preventing future diseases and viruses.

Saffron contains various biochemical compounds, including crocin, antioxidants, safranal, carotenoids, minerals, and many vitamins. One of the essential factors in saffron is anthocyanins, which strengthen the immune system and prevent Alzheimer’s and cancer. Therefore, the medicinal aspect of the saffron plant has been essential and proven.

Of course, excessive consumption of this spice is very dangerous and can increase blood pressure and heart disease. Consumption of more than twenty grams also causes instant death.

Black Pepper

Black pepper adds a spicy and pleasant flavour to the food, but eating it as medicine can cure many diseases. This spice can also prevent respiratory disorders, coughs, colds, constipation, indigestion, anemia, impotence, muscle aches, oral and dental problems, including pus and gum infection, diarrhea, and heart disease.

Cayenne Pepper

a spoonful of cayenne pepper powder

Cayenne or red pepper helps strengthen the immune system of seniors. It also promotes cardiovascular health. Cayenne pepper also lowers blood pressure, and it has the ability to prevent heart attacks! From regenerating the intestinal wall to destroying cancer cells and helping to lose weight, cayenne pepper is a superfood that you should include in your diet.

Peppermint

Peppermint is a popular traditional treatment for several ailments. According to studies, this plant can also have sedative effects. Furthermore, peppermint can improve digestion, reduce pain, and eliminate inflammation. It is also beneficial for calming the mind and body, eliminating bad breath, reducing weight, and strengthening the immune system. The effect of peppermint tea on the gastrointestinal tract is also considerable.

The bottom line is 

Although spices can be beneficial, overuse can be very harmful. Therefore, it is better to consume spices the same way as other foods and avoid excessive consumption. As they say, all things in moderation.

Source onegreenplanet.org asmallworld.com
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Bob.Lz
Bob.Lz
11 months ago

I never cared about my immune system before covid. Now it feels like it is the most important thing we have. this list was impressive. But because of my blood pressure, I’ve avoided spices for over 20 years now; I just thought they were unnecessary. From this list, which of the spices are suitable for blood pressure, or at least not harmful?

john
john
Reply to  Bob.Lz
10 months ago

Unlike your opinion, lots of spices help to reduce high blood pressure. In general, the inflammatory effects of spices have a positive relation to reducing high blood pressure. For, e.g. in turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, and Cayenne pepper contain active compounds that cause lower blood pressure. 

Donna
Donna
11 months ago

I really believe it is fascinating how you can write long articles about the benefits of saffron and still wouldn’t be able to cover all of its benefits. It is good for absolutely anything. I’ve never read one thing about this spice.

Luis
Luis
10 months ago

Hello, thanks for your useful articles. My wife and I always read your perfect articles. I have one suggestion for you: could you please publish an article for teaching spicy foods? Specially Thai foods! Because I love them, but I can’t cook them! So if it’s possible to put the relevant articles for seniors.

Amir
Amir
5 months ago

Thyme has so many health benefits! My recommendation is to grab some probiotic yogurt and season it with some thyme and mint. Of course, you can always count on a hot cup of brewed thyme to comfort your respiratory tract.

tracey
tracey
5 months ago

Turmeric is an excellent choice for a healthy meal. Sometimes I make dinner for my grandparents and add some turmeric to it because turmeric is full of antioxidants, and it’s also great for getting rid of toxins from their bodies. It’s more beneficial with pepper. You can make chicken and rice with turmeric for your grandparents.

Henry
Henry
4 months ago

 It’s essential to strengthen the immune system, especially in our age. I have heard that cinnamon is so helpful in preventing covid-19. Since the pandemic, I have used cinnamon tea and ginger tea. They are tasty drinks; I love them so much. 

Natali
Natali
2 months ago

Informative article! I once remember that I was nearly crippled by pain in my knee joints and could hardly take a step or even stand on my feet. One of my friends, a nutritionist, advised me to drink a teaspoon of turmeric in a glass of warm water or milk daily. I did this for a week along with some mild exercises for the knee joint from the Net. They worked, and after about ten days, I felt much better. So don’t underestimate the effect of herbs.