Ginger and turmeric are common ingredients found in every household. Apart from giving food a strong flavor, ginger and turmeric also have many health benefits because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Drinking ginger and turmeric tea can relieve digestive problems, nausea, and balance blood sugar. They are effective anticoagulants and antidepressants.
1. Prevents Cancer
Curcumin in turmeric can prevent and treat cancer, as it has the ability to suppress the growth of tumor cells. Turmeric also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as it contains curcumin, that plays a role in cancer prevention.1
Like turmeric, ginger contains gingerol, paradol, as well as shogaols, and zingerone, that exhibit certain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities that can help in preventing cancer.2 Ginger can protect you against lung cancer, colon cancer, and ovarian cancer and turmeric can prevent breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer, and skin cancer cells.3 4
2. Aids Digestion
The anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin in turmeric aids digestion and other digestive diseases such as peptic ulcer, irritable bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease.5
Both turmeric and ginger can prevent and treat diseases related to the gastrointestinal system. Ginger is a digestive stimulant and helps to clear the stomach, reduce nausea, and also prevents vomiting.
3. Reduces Risk Of Heart Diseases
Drinking turmeric ginger tea can help you improve your heart health and lower blood pressure.
The accumulation of bad cholesterol causes heart diseases. Curcumin found in turmeric can effectively reduce the bad cholesterol in the body, thus reducing the risk of developing heart diseases.6
Ginger, on the other hand, regulates blood pressure, prevents the blockage of arteries and reduces blood clotting.
4. Brings Mental And Emotional Well-Being
Curcumin in turmeric can treat depressive disorders.7 Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are responsible for treating Alzheimer’s disease, major depression, epilepsy, and other neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders.8 Also, turmeric and ginger increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine that help treat depression.
Ginger can increase the activity of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter, that can, in turn, improve your memory and cognition. These properties of ginger make it beneficial in the treatment of memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
5. Helps In Weight Loss
Drinking turmeric ginger tea can help you manage your weight and lose the extra pounds. Ginger increases the levels of leptin in the body that is responsible for keeping you full. This feeling of satiety will keep you from reaching for unhealthy snacks in between meals, thus promoting weight loss.
If you have diabetes, keeping your blood sugar levels in control is important and drinking turmeric ginger tea can have a positive effect.
Gingerols found in ginger can increase your insulin sensitivity and can prevent diabetes. Curcumin in turmeric keeps your blood sugar and cholesterol levels in check.
How To Make Turmeric Ginger Tea
- Take one cup of water and bring it to boil.
- Add 1 tablespoon of grated ginger and 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder to it.
- Let it simmer on low flame for 5-10 minutes.
- Strain the tea into a cup and add honey (optional).
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