You’ve likely heard about the benefits of turmeric recently; it’s been all over the news as more studies have come out about its potent anti-inflammatory properties. And you probably already know about the benefits of ginger; it’s a popular anti-nausea herbal medicine that doctors have suggested for decades. These profoundly beneficial roots are so good for your health that taking them daily may be a good idea! Read on for more about turmeric and ginger benefits and how to incorporate them into your daily life easily.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a root native to tropical South Asia. It is part of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae); turmeric and ginger are cousins. They have a similar appearance; papery outer skin and finger-shaped roots. Ginger is more bulbous than turmeric and is a golden, light yellow color. Turmeric is a deep orange color with more slender roots than ginger. Turmeric may most commonly be known as a spice; its bright, vivid orange color is world-renowned for its taste, health benefits, and ability to stain fingers and cutting boards. Humans have also used turmeric as herbal medicine for thousands of years, and now modern science is discovering why. You can find turmeric root in some grocery stores, but its powder is widely available. You can also find turmeric gummies, capsules, tablets, and tinctures.
What is Ginger?
Like turmeric, Ginger is a plant in the Zingiberaceae family and is native to South Asia. Its roots are prized for culinary and medicinal benefits and have been used by humans for thousands of years. Aside from its widespread culinary use, ginger is one of the most common herbal supplements in use today. You can find ginger root and ginger root powder in most grocery stores and online. Ginger is also available in more concentrated forms as an herbal supplement in capsules, tablets, and liquid tinctures. You can also find ginger gummies as both candy and nutritional supplements.
The main active compound in turmeric root is a polyphenol called curcumin. This powerful compound helps manage inflammation, which is the most significant benefit of turmeric, its ability to fight inflammation. According to this study, “it aids in managing oxidative and inflammatory conditions…”. This is mainly due to turmeric’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Read on for more turmeric benefits. Unfortunately, our bodies have a hard time absorbing curcumin, so its form is essential for supplementation to be successful.
1. Sports and exercise
Athletes of all stripes benefit from turmeric because it helps with muscle soreness and recovery. Everyone who works out knows that the day after pain can range from obnoxious to having a negative impact on the next workout. Taking turmeric before or after exercise helps muscles to recover faster and reduces soreness. A study was done with 28 healthy individuals who didn’t do resistance training. One group was given 400mg of curcumin for two days before the resistance training designed to induce muscle soreness and four days after. This group showed reduced creatine kinase levels compared to the placebo group. Creatine kinase shows up in the body post intense exercise and is part of what makes your muscles sore. This study shows that curcumin helps with recovery time, which increases performance during the next workout.
Arthritis is one of the first conditions to come to mind when you think of inflammation. Arthritis is a painful and potentially crippling disease that, typically associated with aging, can also affect younger populations. In one study, 40 people with arthritis ranging from mild to moderate were divided into two groups; one received curcumin, and the other received a placebo. The curcumin group took 500mg of curcumin a day. This group experienced a significant reduction in pain and improved physical function.
Here are some of the benefits of ginger.
Not only does ginger have potent anti-inflammatory properties, but it’s also been shown to have analgesic or pain-relieving properties. Ginger heats the body, which helps with blood flow. Studies suggest that ginger’s anti-inflammatory effects have to do with its impact on calcium levels and pain receptors.
Antioxidants are part of ginger’s benefits. Ginger contains very high levels of antioxidants, which protect your cells from oxidative stress, or damage. One type of free radical, reactive nitrogen species, has been effectively suppressed by gingerol, one of ginger’s active compounds.
We can’t leave a discussion about ginger without quickly touching on its anti-nausea properties. Ginger is prescribed to pregnant women because of its safety and efficacy. If you’re ever nauseous, reach for ginger.
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