6 Citrus Recipes That Will Help Support Your Immune System

If jamu juice isn’t in your drink rotation, you may want to add it. In Indonesia, where the drink was popular, it’s loved for its purported anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune-boosting benefits, according to a May 2020 blog post on Medium claims.

It’s true that some ingredients are beneficial, including lemons, whose juice provides 18.6 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C per fruit, according to the USDA. That makes them an excellent source of the nutrient.

Other healthy ingredients in jamu juice include ginger, which may contain antiviral properties, past research suggests, and turmeric, an October 2017 article in food notes offers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, mainly due to the active ingredient curcumin.

This recipe calls for fresh turmeric, but if you can’t find it, a ground version of the spice will do. But keep in mind that ground turmeric can have a stronger flavor than the fresh variety, so you may need to adjust the amount to your liking.

If black pepper seems out of place in this recipe, it doesn’t. The compound piperine increases the amount of curcumin your body can absorb, according to past research, so black pepper and turmeric make a potent pair.

Serves 6 (serving size: ¾ cup)

ingredients

¾ cup fresh turmeric root (about 100 g), washed and sliced ​​(you can leave the skin intact)*

1 large piece of fresh ginger (about 10 cm), washed and sliced ​​(you can leave the skin intact)

4 cups of water

1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons honey

2 lemons, squeezed

Directions

  1. Place the turmeric, ginger, water and pepper in a blender. Blend on high until mixture is completely smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for another 15 minutes.
  3. When the mixture has finished cooking, remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly before straining through a fine-mesh sieve (or cheesecloth).
  4. Add the honey and lemon juice and serve chilled. The mixture will separate naturally as it cools, so stir gently before serving.

*Note: Don’t worry if you don’t have fresh turmeric on hand. In this recipe, use 1 tablespoon of ground turmeric in place of the fresh turmeric root and enjoy!

Nutrition per serving: 34 calories, 0 g total fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 g protein, 8 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 6.2 g sugar (5.8 g added sugar), 1 mg sodium