Ginger is the underground rhizome of the ginger plant with a firm, striated texture. The flesh of the ginger rhizome can be yellow, white or red in color, depending upon the variety. It is covered with a brownish skin that may either be thick or thin, depending upon whether the plant was harvested when it was mature or young.
- Ginger is high in Gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties (1)
- Ginger is highly effective against nausea (2) specially pregnancy related nausea, such as morning sickness (3)
- Ginger may be indirectly effective in reducing the day-to-day progression of muscle pain due to exercise (4). These effects are due to anti-inflammatory properties of ginger.
- Ginger has been shown to lower blood sugar levels. In a study, 41 patients with type 2 diabetes were given 2g of ginger powder a day for 12 weeks. The result was 12% lower fasting blood sugar after the 12 weeks (5).
- Ginger may lower Cholesterol- in a study 85 individuals with high Cholesterol were given 3 grams of ginger powder for 45 days, and the result was a significant reduction in most cholesterol markers (6)
Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is native to southern Asia, requiring temperatures between 20 and 30 °C and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive. Turmeric has been used in Indian and Asian cuisine.
- Turmeric protects your liver-one study suggests that Curcumin, the yellow pigment of spice Turmeric, can help delaying liver damage and protect liver against potential liver damage (7).
- Turmeric can help slow down the aging process- a study shows that turmeric helps prevent premature aging by preventing DNA damage and stimulating DNA repair (8).
- Turmeric decreases heartburn- Turmeric plant supplements are effective at decreasing indigestion and heartburn symptoms due to the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin (9).
- Turmeric helps control blood sugar- a study shows that Turmeric improves glucose intake by the liver and suppress glucose production, and reduces the long term diabetic complications (10)
- Turmeric lowers LDL (bad Cholesterol)- study has shown that Turmeric help to keep the cholesterol levels in check and lower LDL (11).
My Turmeric/ Ginger water recipe:
1/2 Tsp grated fresh Turmeric (you can use powder turmeric instead)
1 Tsp grated fresh Ginger (you can use Ginger powder instead)
1 pinch of freshly grounded black pepper
Juice of 1/2 Lime
22 ounce Water
2-3 drops Olive or Avocado oil
1 T-sac (or tea diffuser)
Optional: Raw honey to taste
- Place grated turmeric, ginger and black pepper in a T-sac and place in a a cup, jar or bottle
- Add Lime juice
- Add water (room temperature)
- Add oil
- Optional: add Raw Honey to taste
- Place in the fridge (if you like it cold) or leave at room temperature overnight
Drink a cup of this Turmeric, Ginger tea in the morning and throughout the day.
Note: Oil and black pepper are necessary in order to get Turmeric fully absorbed into your bloodstream.
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