Garlic and ginger and are two foods popularly used as spices in most areas of the world. These two historically prized foods add incredible flavor and aroma to many different kinds of dishes and can be used either as regular health boosters to include in the diet or as instant remedies to help relieve a wide variety of conditions. Garlic and ginger are available in dried powder, but are more effective, medicinally speaking, in fresh form.
Medicinal benefits of Garlic
- Anti-inflammatory benefits
- Sore throat relief
- Upset stomach relief
- Treatment of stomach distress including nausea, heartburn, and bloating.
- It serves as a remedy for many different ailments, including intestinal disorders, respiratory infections, skin diseases, wounds, and symptoms of aging.
- It lowers high blood pressure.
- It improves blood flow throughout the body, not just in the coronary arteries. Researchers at the Garlic Research Bureau in Suffolk, England, recently reported that “even small amounts of Garlic, say 3 or 4 grams, will have a pronounced effect on fibrinolytic (breaking down of blood clots) activity in doses from 25 grams ( 10 cloves) to 50 grams. Garlic seems to be highly effective in promoting beneficial changes in blood fat composition and platelet adhesiveness.”
- Garlic also lowers cholesterol, try-glycerides and LDL cholesterol levels while also increasing the beneficial cholesterol HDL.
- Garlic may have some anti-tumor properties. Garlic oil inhibits enzymes that curtail the production of prostaglandins (many cancers are prostaglandin dependent). Garlic inhibits the formation of nitrites, chemicals that could trigger stomach cancer. There have also been claims that garlic can shrink cancers of the breast, skin and lungs.
- Ginger has been used to help treat arthritis, colic, flatulence and motion sickness.
- Ginger is an effective anti-nausea agent, likely because of its carminative effect, which helps break up and expel intestinal gas.
- Ginger contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols and helps treat some inflammatory conditions.
- Daily ginger use has been found effective for relieving muscle pain following strenuous exercise.
- Ginger can also relieve menstrual cramps. Chemical compounds in ginger act as anti-spasmodics inhibiting painful contractions of both smooth muscles of the digestive tract and the uterus.
- It also helps morning sickness, painful menstrual periods, and the common cold.
Ways to use Garlic
- Cook with it.
- Use to spice meat.
- Use a food processor to process garlic and add to sauce.
Ways to use Ginger
- Make ginger tea
- Spice up a wide variety of vegetables by adding freshly minced ginger.
- Combine fresh ginger, Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos, and olive oil to make a simple salad dressing.
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