Health Benefits of Ginger and Turmeric – What Are They?
Health Benefits of Ginger and Turmeric
For this post, I will be looking at the health benefits of Ginger and Turmeric, and why you might want to consider adding both these spices into your diet more often.
Table of Contents
- Introduction to the Health Benefits of Ginger and Turmeric
- What are the Health Benefits of Ginger and Turmeric?
- Ginger and Turmeric Facts
- Ginger and Turmeric Recipes
4a. Saag Aloo with Red Pepper, Ginger and Turmeric
4b. Chinese Black Pu’er Tea with Ginger and Ground Turmeric
- Ginger and Turmeric Supplements
- Your Feedback
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Health Benefits of Ginger and Turmeric
For today’s post, I will be writing about 2 different superfoods with powerful antioxidant properties. The health benefits of Ginger and Turmeric are very much something worth looking into.
Both are very similar plants that are popular in both cookery and alternative medicine.
Using a blend of both Ginger and Turmeric can help with many health issues. Indeed a mixture of both is a well-known combination used all across the world.
Whether it is taken as a tea for example, or as part of a meal the health benefits of Ginger and Turmeric are very clear.
For this article, I will be looking into what these are, how they might be able to help you, and some different options that are available for adding these ingredients to your diet. Check out further down in this post for 2 of own recipes with Turmeric and Ginger plus my number one recommended supplement.
What are the Health Benefits of Ginger and Turmeric?
Both Ginger and Turmeric together can help remedy a vast number of health conditions. These include reducing Inflammation, Boosting the Immune System, and improving overall joint & muscle health.
Other than this;
✅Ginger has been found to lower the risk of diabetes. A study taken in 2014 by researchers from Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences in Yazd, Iran showed Ginger could lower blood sugar in diabetics. Tests showed that ginger had the natural ability to reduce both Insulin Sensitivity and Plasma Glucose.
✅ Turmeric is used for pain relief. Not only does it reduce inflammation but can also help if you suffer from arthritis.
✅ Ginger is great for a bad stomach. If you have tummy troubles then ginger is what you need. It is also a known remedy for both morning sickness during pregnancy for women, and travel sickness.
✅ Turmeric can be used to treat mood disorders. If you take antidepressants you may just have another option. Curcumin has actually been proven to be effective as Prozac in the treatment of depression. Other studies have shown promising signs as a treatment for preventing Alzheimer’s.
✅ Ginger may help prevent Ovarian and Breast Cancers in Women. Scientists at the University of Michigan have discovered that Ginger has the ability to kill cancer cells.
✅ Turmeric can help Lower Cholesterol. Curcumin found in turmeric aids the metabolism in removing cholesterol.
Ginger and Turmeric Facts
Ginger and Turmeric in their most common edible form are known as Rhizomes. These whilst many believe to be roots are actually more like a midsection between the roots and the plants which grow above ground.
Ginger contains several different compounds known as Gingerol. There are many different types of Gingerol in Ginger but one of them 6-Gingerol is the one with most of the health benefits. Turmeric, on the other hand, is most abundant in a compound called Curcumin.
Curcumin and Turmeric is a popular spice in ayurvedic traditions. Being praised in the Eastern hemisphere for many centuries for its role in traditional medicine. Curcumin is what makes Turmeric so yellow, and has been known to outperform many medications.
Both Ginger and Turmeric are botanically related and contain compounds that are not found anywhere else.
Ginger and Turmeric Recipes
Saag Aloo with Red Pepper, Ginger and Turmeric
1 Large or 2 Small Onion
2 Cloves of Garlic
1 Red Pepper
Maris Piper Potatoes Cubed
Salt and Pepper
Turmeric Root or Powder
Add oil to the pan and add chopped up onion and garlic
Stir for a minute and add potatoes with red pepper diced and start frying.
Add in ginger, turmeric, cumin with salt and pepper.
also, add a little bit of water.
Once the potatoes are starting to soften add in the spinach
Cook for an extra 5-10 minutes for a very tasty Saag Aloo!
PS: You can also add mustard seeds. I don’t use myself but have heard these are included in a lot of other recipes.
Chinese Black Pu’er Tea with Ginger and Ground Turmeric
OK, so I have not tried this with Turmeric – not yet! But Turmeric and Ginger Tea is a well-known remedy for a number of ailments. I personally on the odd occasion make a special tea with Ginger.
Bear in mind I am not copying this recipe from anywhere else online. This is something I occasionally make myself.
approx. 10g Chinese Black Pu’er Tea
Ginger rhizome grated or sliced
Optional Sugar or Honey, Milk, Squeezed Lemon.
Chop up Pu’er Tea. Try to dust-up as much as possible. Although not essential.
Grate, or slice Ginger. Add to a small saucepan with Pu’er Tea and Ground Turmeric.
Add water and leave to brew for a short while. 10 minutes is fine but you can do for longer if you wish.
Bring to boil. As you would a kettle – in theory, you could boil for few minutes longer but you are not really cooking off these ingredients just heating up the water.
Sive through into a larger pan this is to get all the bits mostly from the Pu’er Tea. #You can also use these for a 2nd even 3rd brew.
Optional: Add honey or Sugar. You can also Squeeze a bit of lemon in.
Add to cup and if you wish like normal tea you can add a dash of milk.
Turmeric and Ginger Supplements
Although it is always a good idea to supplement things in their natural form there is always the added convenience of taking things in their pill form. For instance whilst regularly consuming both Turmeric and Ginger is good for you it may become a bit of a chore constantly having to go out to buy both ingredients, preparing meals, or tea every day.
Not to mention the monotony of eating the same thing so often.
Also, the main compound of Turmeric Curcumin is very quickly metabolized by the liver. This does not mean it is not medicinal but for this reason, to boost its medicinal qualities another ingredient is added called Piperine. A compound found in Cayenne Peppers.
So taking any supplement is always a whole lot more convenient for obvious reasons, but by choosing the right supplements you also add to this a more potentially powerful way of absorbing things like Ginger and Turmeric for their full health benefits.
One such product I actually have come across is VitaPost Turmeric & Ginger with BioPerine®.
BioPerine® is a patented Peppercorn extract much like Piperine to boost how much of the Curcumin your body is able to absorb. This supplement I won’t go in to too much here about in this article but if you wish to read more see link below.
Personally I have been aware of the health benefits of ginger and turmeric for some years now. I was given a bottle of Turmeric herbal pills by my mother for problems I was having with my stomach. These I try to take whenever I can remember after a meal. As for Ginger, I like to use this for a number things including Curries, Tea and Juicing.
For anybody with stomach problems, I would definitely recommend this as a treatment. Not just this though – as mentioned above in the health benefits section – muscles, joints, immune system, reducing inflammation and you can bet there are other things this can remedy also.
The countless hours that have gone into research and the rich history of these spices being used in traditional medicine. I think it says it all really. So, maybe consider trying the recipes above, especially the Saag Aloo, and I’m not saying to buy the supplement but just take a look at there website and see what you think.
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