Ginger, Turmeric and Ginseng. These three roots are superfoods and are effective natural remedies. You most certainly have at least one of them on your kitchen table already, but what are their health benefits? Let’s go over them in detail.
Ginger is a popular spice high in gingerol, a substance with powerful antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties. Ginger is the number 1 superfood in my opinion and is packed with many health benefits:
- helps treat nausea, especially morning sickness
- can reduce exercise- induced muscle pain and soreness
- can reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis
- lowers blood sugar
- improves heart disease risk factor in people with type 2 diabetes
- Helps with chronic indigestion
- Reduces menstrual pains
- Can lower cholesterol levels
- May help prevent cancer
- Improves brain functions
- Protects against alzheimer’s disease
- Helps fight infections
- Cures colds
Turmeric is another magical root when it comes to health. Turmeric is full of important nutrients such as iron, manganese, vitamin B6, copper, dietary fiber, potassium and curcumin, a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
Some of the health benefits are:
- Lowers the risk of brain disease
- Improves brain health
- Can help prevent or even treat cancer
- Protects from alzheimer’s disease
- Great against arthritis
- Helps treat depression
- Fights against age-related chronic diseases
- Delays ageing
- Good for skin
- Great liver detox
- Improves blood circulation
- Improves digestion
Ginseng is one of the most popular herbal remedies, especially in asian countries. It is believed to restore and enhance wellbeing. There are three different types of ginseng: the Asian ginseng, the American ginseng, and the siberian ginseng. All three of them have slightly different benefits, but common health benefits are:
- Boosts energy
- Lowers blood sugar
- Boosts cognitive functions
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Helps reduce stress
- Treat diabetes
- Manages sexual dysfunctions in men
- Prevents flus
However, mixing ginseng with other medications may be dangerous. Doctors advise not mixing ginseng with a class of antidepressants called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). Taking these antidepressants at the same time as ginseng can cause manic episodes and tremors.
Ginseng can alter the effects of blood pressure, diabetes, and heart medications. Do not mix ginseng and heart medications without first consulting a doctor.
Ginseng can also increase the risk of bleeding when taken with blood thinners, such as warfarin or aspirin.
Ginseng may intensify the effects of caffeine and other stimulants, leading to a rapid heartbeat and possible sweating or insomnia. It could also cancel out the painkilling effects of morphine.
Super Shot recipe.
All you need is a blender and 30 seconds.
- 3 lemons (2 peeled, 1 with peel intact)
- 2-inch chunk of ginger
- 1 to 2 teaspoons turmeric powder (optional)
- 1 glass of water
1. Juice the ingredients, mix thoroughly, and pour into an ice cube tray to freeze.
2. Every morning add one cube to hot water. Stir for 30 seconds, and it is ready to drink. It’s best to have it 20 minutes before breakfast.