In the eastern world, ginger has always been known for its healing powers as medicine. It is also used as seasoning. In the middle ages, ginger was used to fight plague while today it is used for diseases ranging from simple cough and cold to rheumatoid arthritis.
Benefits of ginger can work wonders in headaches like migraines. Ginger can block prostaglandin, the substance that causes inflammation of blood vessels in the brain leading to migraines.
1/3 teaspoon of fresh powdered ginger can not only stop the migraine pain before it starts, but also helps in producing marked relief in arthritis pain. Besides this, ginger can shorten the discomfort of cold and flu. It is a natural cough suppressant.
According to Japanese researchers, gingerols found in ginger might be responsible in blocking body’s vomiting reflex. Drinking ginger tea (boiling 3-4 ginger slices in water) can help to get relief from nausea caused by motion sickness.
Like aspirin ginger works to thin blood thereby reducing blood clots, risk of heart attacks and strokes and dissolving the clumping quality of blood platelets. Ginger reduces the high cholesterol level of blood by reducing thromboxane.
arlic is equally powerful like ginger. Like ginger, garlic also reduces the tendency of a blood clot. It reduces pulmonary blood pressure as well.
The enzymes of Garlic oil restrain the protaglandins production that causes several types of cancers. Garlic has anti-tumor properties. It has been proven that garlic can shrink breast, skin, and lung cancer. Not only that studies suggest that garlic may reduce the risk of colon cancer by 35 percent and that of stomach cancer by as much as 50 percent.
Garlic can reduce cholesterol. Over 12 studies published around the world have confirmed the same.
Garlic has the ability to enhance body’s immune cell activity, which is regarded as one of the most potent health benefits. Today garlic is very much regarded as health enhancing supplement. Garlic is also particularly effective for clearing respiratory ailment.
Garlic is known to have a distinct taste and smell when cooked and because of this taste and aroma, it is commonly used with ginger and onions in preparing various dishes.
However excessive intake of garlic may have harmful effects. Some side effects include headache, occasional allergic reactions, disorders in the stomach, association with bronchial asthma, complaints of garlic odor in skin and breath, etc.