Ginger and turmeric are two of the most extensively studied ingredients in herbal medicine. Interestingly, both have been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments ranging from migraines to chronic inflammation and fatigue.
Both have also been used to help relieve pain, decrease nausea and enhance immune function to help protect against illness and infection. Let us have a look at the importance of ginger and turmeric in your daily life routine.
Ginger and turmeric are two types of flowering plants that are widely used in natural medicine.
Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for various health conditions. Its medicinal properties are mostly due to the presence of phenolic compounds including gingerol, a chemical thought to possess potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Turmeric also belongs to the same family of plants and is often used as a spice in Indian cooking. It contains the chemical compound curcumin which has been shown to aid in treating and preventing several chronic conditions.
Chronic inflammation is thought to play a central role in the development of conditions like heart disease cancer and diabetes. It can also worsen symptoms associated with auto-immune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Ginger and turmeric have powerful anti-inflammatory properties which could help decrease pain and protect against disease.
One study in 120 people with osteoarthritis found that taking one gram of ginger extract per day for three months effectively reduced inflammation and decreased levels of nitric oxide (a molecule that plays a key role in the inflammatory process)
Both ginger and turmeric have been studied for their ability to provide relief from chronic pain. Studies show that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is especially effective at decreasing pain caused by arthritis.
In fact, a review of 8 studies found that taking 1000 mgs of curcumin is as effective at reducing joint pain as certain pain medications in those with arthritis
Another small study in 40 people with osteoarthritis showed that taking 1,500 mgs of curcumin daily significantly reduced pain and improves physical function compared with a placebo ginger has also been shown to decrease chronic pain associated with arthritis along with several other conditions.
For example: one 5 days study in 120 women noted that taking 500 mgs of ginger root powder 3 times daily reduces the intensity and duration of menstrual pain.
Another study in 74 people found that taking 2 grams of ginger for 11 days significantly reduced muscle pain caused by exercise.
Support Immune Function
Many people take turmeric and ginger at the first sign of sickness hoping to enhance immune function and sidestep cold or flu symptoms.
Some research shows that ginger in particular may possess powerful immune boosting properties.
One test tube study indicated that fresh ginger was effective against Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus (HRSV) which can cause respiratory tract infections in infants, children and adults.
Another test tube study found that ginger extract blocked the growth of several strains of respiratory tract pathogens.
Taking ginger extract blocks the activation of several pro-inflammatory immune cells and decreases symptoms of seasonal allergies such as sneezing.
Several studies have observed that ginger could be an effective natural remedy to soothe the stomach and help reduce nausea.
One study in 170 women found that taking one gram of ginger powder daily for one week was as effective at reducing pregnancy related nausea as a common anti-nausea medication but with far fewer side-effects.
A review of five studies also showed that taking at least one gram of ginger per day could help significantly reduce post-operative nausea and vomiting.
You will get the combination of these natural ingredients in Restore Sparkling water can which you can easily get from the OSOM Foods store in Auckland.