Two of the several spice ingredients that you can find in your kitchen has an incredible health benefits especially boosting the immune system. Both are the most extensively studied herbal medicine and is used over centuries for several ailments.
In Ayuvedic Medicine, Turmeric and Ginger are two most famous and useful herbs used in many forms and many routes of administration such as oral and skin applications. They can be consumed as fresh, dry or powdered form and can be added to a variety of dishes and drinks, also available as supplements.
Ginger also called Zingiber Officinale originated in South East Asia, it contains phenolic compounds including gingerol, which is thought to be a potent anti inflammatory and anti oxidant properties. Turmeric, or Curcuma longa, belongs to the same family of plants often used as a spice in Indian cooking. It contains a chemical compound called Curcumin believed to aid in treating and preventing chronic ailments, inflammation, cancer and antioxidant properties.
Benefits of Turmeric and Ginger Tea
1. Reduce Inflammation and Decrease Pain
Chronic inflammation is thought to have a significant role in the development of Chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid arthritis and Inflammatory bowel diseases. A recent study shows that taking 1 gram of ginger extract per day for 3 months effectively reduced inflammation and decreased level of Nitric Oxide, a molecule that play an important role in the inflammatory process, it also decreases C- reactive protein CRP, an inflammatory marker. While several human study shows that taking turmeric extracts decreases several markers of inflammation such as decrease level of CRP, interleukin-6 (IL-6). It was also found out that both relieve chronic arthritic pain and improved physical mobility, relieve menstrual and muscle pain.
2. Boost Immune System Function
Research study shows that fresh ginger was effective against Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus (HRSV) which can cause respiratory tract infections in infants, children and adults. Several studies also revealed that taking ginger blocked the growth of several strains of respiratory pathogens, at the same time blocked the activation of several pro-inflammatory immune cells which decreases the symptoms of seasonal allergies such as sneezing. Similarly, a research found that Curcumin in turmeric has a potent anti-viral properties which decreased symptoms of influenza and common colds.
3. Decreased nausea and Vomiting
Research studies has shown that Ginger is effective in decreasing nausea and vomiting to pregnant women having morning sickness and post-operative nausea and vomiting.
How to Prepare Turmeric and Ginger Tea
Fresh Turmeric, Fresh Ginger, Lemon Slices, Water, Honey (Optional), pinch of black pepper
1. Rinse fresh turmeric and ginger each 1 inch or 1 1/2 inch. Slice 1 medium lemon.
2. Chopped them up into small pieces and placed into a saucepan, add 2 slices of lemon
3. Put 3-4 cups of water. Add a pinch of black pepper, add 1 teaspoon of honey.
4. Bring it to a boil, as soon as it comes into a boil, strain it and garnish it with lemon slice depending on your preference.
Note: You can also use dry ginger and turmeric for 3/4 teaspoon each. You can also serve it cold by placing at room temperature to cool and put some ice. Active components in the black pepper piperine enhance absorption of curcumin when they interact with each other so that’s the role of black pepper in our tea.
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