Which of the following has been found to improve brain function, reduce inflammation, relieve arthritis pain and stiffness, ease nausea, and alleviate gastrointestinal problems?
- Blanched Spinach
- Raw Mustard Greens
- Fried Kohlrabi
- Ginger and Turmeric Tea
Answer: Ginger and Turmeric Tea
Turmeric and ginger have been used for centuries as spices in cooking and for medicinal purposes. Both herbs are antioxidants and highly anti-inflammatory. Recent studies have proven the effectiveness of these herbs for treating a number of health issues.
Recent turmeric studies have shown many benefits for body and brain (1). One of the active ingredients in turmeric is called curcumin. Curcumin has been found effective at easing pain from inflammatory conditions such as colitis, osteoarthritis, chronic arthritis and joint pain (2). Curcumin has also been linked to improved brain function and a lower risk of brain diseases (3). For a complete list of benefits of turmeric visit here.
Ginger is loaded with nutrients and is known as one of the healthiest spices. Ginger contains gingerol, a powerful anti-inflammatory substance (4). Research participants with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis have reported a gradual reduction of pain, improved agility and movement and reduction in swelling when using ginger regularly (5). Read about additional benefits of ginger here.
A recipe for amazing health benefits:
2 cups of water
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
Honey (Organic, locally sourced if possible)
1 teaspoon of coconut oil OR 1/4-1/2 tsp of black pepper (to aid turmeric absorption)
Bring the water to a boil. Once boiling add ½ teaspoon each ground ginger and ground turmeric. Reduce to a simmer for 10-15 minutes. Strain and add honey to taste. Once the tea is at drinking temperature, add either the coconut oil or black pepper (to aid turmeric absorption). Enjoy twice daily. This recipe yields about 2 servings.
* Always consult with your doctor before deciding on herbs to treat health issues. Because these herbs are strong antioxidants it is recommended that this recipe should be avoided by pregnant and breastfeeding women.