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The Spice Roads: A revitalized taste of trade, culture and history

Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Sun, March 8, 2020  /  12:56 pm
The Spice Roads: A revitalized taste of trade, culture and history

An array of spices in wooden bowls (Shutterstock/FotoSajewicz)

Although it has yet to be clinically tested, some experts recommend the consumption of certain spices that may produce immunomodulators, substances that help regulate or normalize the immune system.  Molecular biology expert Chaerul Anwar Nidom of Airlangga University in Surabaya said “curcumin”, which could be found in turmeric, ginger and cinnamon, could help cure infectious diseases, including COVID-19. As it is not scientifically proven, it’s not difficult to brush off the claim, but in a society where spices have formed a part of everyday life for generations, people may be inclined to believe it. Kompas reported that the sales of mixed spices known as empon-empon, usually used as seasonings or to brew a herbal tonic drink, had doubled at wet markets over the past week as people bought large bags of the blends.  The news outlet also reported o...