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Why Should You Use Ginger, Garlic and Turmeric in Your Cooking?

Posted May 31 2012 7:36am

My granny’s favorite was these ginger, turmeric and garlic and she made it a point to add it to every day cooking whether the recipe needed it or not. The result, she was hale and healthy and had a long life. In this post we will discuss the health benefits of ginger, garlic and turmeric.

Ginger

Ginger contains gingerols which are anti inflammatory and anti oxidant in nature. Ginger is an underground rhizome. It reduces the symptoms of gastrointestinal stress. It has many therapeutic properties and is rich in antioxidants. Ginger is very effective in reducing morning sickness and sea sickness. It is very effective for dizziness, nausea, vomiting and cold sweating.

When included on a daily basis ginger reduces the pain due to osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis to a greater extent. Ginger inhibits the growth of human colorectal cancer cells and induces cell death in ovarian cancer cells.
Chemotherapeutic agents make the cancer cells resistant to drugs whereas cancer cells do not become resistant to ginger.

Ginger boosts immunity, promotes healthy sweating, gives relief against menstrual crams and migraine, prevents kidney damage in diabetic patients and it is a natural pain killer.


Turmeric

The most famous aspect of turmeric is its component curcumin. It has anti oxidant, anti viral, anti inflammatory, anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti cancer properties. Turmeric boosts the health of the immune system. It slows down tumor growth in prostate cancer patients.

Turmeric may be considered as an inexpensive, well tolerated and effective treatment for inflammatory bowl disease. Clinical studies prove that curcumin has very powerful antioxidant and anti inflammatory effects and is very effective for those suffering from arthritis. Turmeric is very beneficial for those suffering from cystic fibrosis.

Turmeric inhibits cancer growth. When used frequently it reduces the likelihood of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers. Eating foods spiced with turmeric reduces the risk of childhood leukemia. Turmeric is very useful in detoxification process of the body. It improves liver function to a greater extent. Turmeric protects against diabetes, allergies and chronic illnesses, neuro-generative diseases and Alzheimer’s disease.

Garlic

Garlic is otherwise known as stinking rose. The key component in garlic is ajoene. Garlic is very useful for cystic fibrosis patients. Garlic helps improve iron metabolism. It is a good source of selenium. It has cardioprotective properties and is excellent for heart health.
 
It helps to lower blood pressure, prevents blockage of blood vessels and prevents clots. Garlic is a unique food for cardiovascular goodness. It is also good for atherosclerosis. Garlic extract is good for musculoskeletal system and respiratory system.

Crushed fresh garlic helps prevent infection in burn patches. It helps in cancer prevention, relaxes blood vessels and increases the flow of blood. It can be used for treatment for cough and throat irritation. It may reduce the severity of upper respiratory tract infection. Garlic promotes increased bile production to help reduce the levels of fat in liver. Garlic helps prevent weight gain. Overall it is a health booster.

Take care,
Swarnam

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photo of turmeric powder courtesy of wikipedia 



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