The Health Benefits of Turmeric and Ginger.
There has been a lot of blogging about the health benefits of turmeric and ginger. These two roots are used in the Asian kitchen quite a lot. Actually, you can’t think of them not being used in the Asian diet. The taste of ginger is amazing, even in cakes and chocolate.
It often is combined with garlic in meals. I love the taste so much. Turmeric is often used in curries, a mix of several spices that are used in Indian meals. It makes the meal orange/yellow.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric belongs to the Ginger family, Zingiberaceae, and is called Curcuma longa; it is a flowering plant. The plant is native to the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, needing temperatures between 68 and 86 F( 20 and 30 C). Mostly the roots, rhizomes, are used for cooking. If they are grounded, the powder has an orange-yellow color commonly used as a coloring and flavoring agent in many Asian cuisines. The taste is warm, bitter, and earthy, with a peppery flavor.
The plant Curcuma longa is also available in garden centers. You can buy them in different colors. I bought one that was purple, but I had difficulties in keeping her. It is a beautiful flower.
What is Ginger?
Ginger is also a flowering plant with rhizomes; the ginger root is used as a spice or medicine. Her official name is Zingibar officinale. Turmeric and Ginger come from the same family, Zingiberaceae. The plant has its beginning in Southeast Asia but reached via Austronesian and the Indo-Pacific, Hawaii. The spice trade arrived in Europe and was used by ancient Greeks and Romans, peppers and cloves, and other spices. We can’t miss Ginger in Asian foods anymore. But it is used in many other cultures too.
What are the Health Benefits of Turmeric and Ginger?
Both spices come from the same family and have nearly the same benefits. Whereas Ginger is used as a natural painkiller, the anti-inflammatory compounds in both roots are really amazing and make them a superfood.
Curcumin is the anti-inflammatory compound in turmeric and Gingerol in Ginger, which helps relieve pain in arthritis and colitis, and other inflammation in the body. Ginger is used for centuries as natural pain relief. They are often taken together because of the big improvement they create in the body’s most inflammatory processes. Even doctors have recognized the healing ability of these powerful plants.
They may help prevent heart disease and cancer. This makes them together with garlic, chili and pepper, and onions, a great natural antibiotic. If you press these ingredients together and cover them with olive oil, you have a tincture, a natural antibiotic. If you suffer an infection or you have a cold, you could try the mix. They boost the immune system.
I used to take them in my smoothies and salad daily and healed amazingly my gut, and my whole body. But I am always for the whole body approach. That means that I consume many different foods daily, all organic.
If you are suffering from any disease, always visit your doctor. These statements are not meant to replace your doctor.
The nutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds are helping to improve brain and heart function. They may lower LDL cholesterol, known as the ‘bad” cholesterol, reducing conditions like heart disease and stroke. Tumeric and Ginger need to be taken daily if you want to have any effects. Together with garlic, they are powerful!
What is better? – fresh or powdered?
I am always for real food, which means, in this case, a fresh root. One thing that makes it difficult is that every fruit or vegetable shipped from other countries are likely harvested unripe. They will have a reduced amount of nutrients.
Also, to receive health benefits, you need to include them in your diet daily. It is not difficult because I make my smoothies, and I love the taste. But for you, it might be difficult to consume these roots daily if you don’t like the taste.
If the processing of roots into powders is done gently, you will have more benefits by taking a powder in capsules. The concentration is higher, so you will really have the right amount to improve inflammation, infection, and pain. Also, the processing of the roots keeps all nutrients and antioxidants. That is an excellent way to get the whole benefits of these plants.
I use them in my cooked meals, smoothies, teas, salads, and pure water, including a lemon. So I use quite a lot of ginger and turmeric in my diet.
If you get up in the morning, you could fill a glass of water, take the juice of half a lemon and some pressed ginger into your water, and drink this shortly after you left your bed. This helps your metabolism and cleanse your body.
Also, try to drink some Turmeric and Ginger milk or tea throughout the day. I love to drink coffee!
But this milk is a great substitute for coffee.
haver-, almond-,or cashew milk( it doesn’t matter, whatever you like. If you make tea, use water)
pressed piece of Turmeric and Ginger root
coconut blossom sugar
optional, some cloves or cardamom,
Put everything together and cook lightly; don’t boil the milk.
Take a sieve, pour the milk through the sieve, drink the milk warm. It is great in the winter. You could also put some cinnamon in the milk. The taste is amazing! Try it every day; you will get addicted to the taste!
Ginger and Turmeric are very beneficial spices that support the body and help heal from inflammatory diseases. It is easy to include them in your daily diet. You could take them in capsules too if you don’t like the taste. But to consume them daily will improve your health very much. The health benefits are to be sought in the nutrients and the anti-inflammatory compounds like curcumin and gingerol.
I would like to hear what your thoughts are about Turmeric and Ginger. What are your experiences? Did you use them? Please let me know!
To your health,