Demand for Indonesian medicinal herbs surges due to coronavirus panic

Whilst the majority of the sheeple are stockpiling toilet paper in bulk, it seems those with some ancient & cultural wisdom are buying up turmeric (BIG TIME!!) causing the prices of the Indonesian health drink Jamu to skyrocket, the main ingredient of Jamu is of course - Turmeric.

Dr Doug breaks down just why Turmeric is so beneficial in the fight against viruses and viral infections. 

Cytokines are a broad category of small proteins (peptides) that are important in cell signaling as immunomodulating agents. Similar but generally different to hormones and this distinction is subject to further evaluation.

They are important in health and disease, specifically in host responses to infection, immune responses, inflammation, trauma, sepsis, cancer, and reproduction.

The terminal stage if viral diseases are often massive overproduction of inflammatory cytokines that creates tissue damage and are called a “cytokine storm” resulting in haemorrhage, oedema, circulation failure, and multiorgan failure.

Cytokine storms have been associated with 1918 H1N1 influenza pandemic, H5N1 bird flu, SARS, gram-negative bacterial sepsis, malaria and now COVID-19.

Curcumin, an active polyphenol in turmeric, has long been known to be an immunomodulatory agent that suppresses the excessive release of numerous cytokines and materially aids the function of an effective immune system. These facts can easily be extrapolated to being useful with the new coronavirus. Ancient eastern cultures have been wise to this for millennia and subsequently, in Indonesia, the ABC has just reported a massive run on turmeric.

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Want to Try Jamu? Our amazing friend and health warrior, Chef Cynthia Louise has kindly shared her Jamu recipe. 

* 100 grams of fresh turmeric
* Juice of a lime
* Splash of honey
* Pinch of pepper
The chaser
* 1 tbsp of coconut oil

1. Juice the turmeric and lime and mix in the honey (as much as you like) pour into a shot glass over ice.
2. Pour the coconut oil into a second shot glass.
3. Drink like you're having shots. Enjoy the benefits of these two extraordinary ingredients.

This liquid gold drink has much to offer one's soul and physical body and was taught to her by her dear friend Made (Dek) 

Chef Cynthia Louise has so many amazing recipes and cooking videos on-line she is a huge advocate of cooking with turmeric.

 Enjoy and stay healthy and happy Turmeric lovers.



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