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Consuming Japanese yams in ginger water 'cannot immunise against Covid-19'


The Digital Economy and Society Ministry has warned people not to believe or share news and Internet posts that claim eating Japanese mountain yams in ginger water will help prevent Covid-19 infection.

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“The ministry’s Anti-Fake News Centre contacted the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine and the Ministry of Public Health to verify this information and was told that there was no concrete evidence to substantiate the claim that the potion could help immumise against the new coronavirus.

“Dioscorea japonica, or Japanese mountain yams, in yellow colour are high in beta-carotene, which helps improve eyesight and the immunity system, while those in purple colour are high in anthocyanin, an antioxidant that could help prevent the occurrence of cancer,” said the department.

“Meanwhile, ginger could help relive heartburns, colic and in some cases improve appetite. They are both good for your health but cannot immunise against Covid-19.”

Consuming Japanese yams in ginger water 'cannot immunise against Covid-19'

For more information, please contact Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine at tel. 02 5917007, or www.dtam.moph.go.th. To report any fake news, visit website www.antifakenewscenter.com.

Published : January 02, 2021

By : THE NATION