Turmeric Curcumin (most commonly known as just “turmeric”) and ginger are easily accessible, yet potent traditional medicines that were in practical use for centuries. These herbs are loaded with calcium, vitamins C and B6. Apart from nutritional properties, there are more valuable health benefits of these plants:
- Reduce inflammation. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. Its bioactive essence hampers the molecules that are causing inflammation. This substance is as effective as over-the-counter medicine, only it is 100% natural. Gingerol is the compound found in ginger. It exhibits antioxidant, anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Contain antioxidants. There are some oxidative processes going on in our bodies all the time. Free radicals involved in these processes react with our body’s organic compounds and cause aging and illnesses. Ginger and turmeric are both considered to be an excellent source of antioxidants. In addition to that, turmeric neutralizes free radicals and stimulates body to produce its own antioxidants.
- Lower the risk of heart disease. Curcumin improves the function of blood vessels lining, reduces amount of “bad” cholesterol and prevents blood from clotting in the arteries. Ginger also can lower the risk of a blockage by improving blood circulation.
- Relieve pain. Both plants produce anesthetic effect. Ginger is effective for treatment of exercise-induced muscle pain, as well as menstrual related ache. Curcumin helps to reduce painful symptoms of joint related illnesses such as arthritis.
- Boost immune system. Turmeric and ginger contain large quantities of vitamin C and vitamin B6, which makes them invaluable during the cold and flu seasons. Ginger produces the immune boost, while curcumin possesses anti-viral properties that can help to reduce the severity of flu.
Turmeric and ginger are easily accessible and inexpensive herbs. Including them in your everyday diet can easily improve your health and wellbeing.