Normally used in Indian Curry, turmeric (Curcuma longa) considered one of the most potent herbs on the planet on fighting or even potentially reversing disease. There were around 10,000 reviewed articles published proving the benefits of turmeric as a effective healing compounds. This actually put turmeric first of the pack in term of the most frequently mentioned medicinal herbs in all of science ahead of other herbs such as garlic, cinnamon, and of course ginger.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Antidepressants (Prozac)
- Anticoagulants (Aspirin)
- Pain killers
- Diabetes drugs (Metformin)
- Arthritis medications
- Inflammatory bowel disease drugs
- Cholesterol drugs (Lipitor)
- Skin Care
Ginger is a flowering plant native to Southern Asia. It’s the root that you’re most likely familiar with – it’s often used as a flavouring in food and a traditional remedy. Ginger has a hot and spicy taste used in recipes across the world – from Indian chai masala to a palate-cleansing sushi accompaniment in Japan.
Ginger’s most-known medicinal use is as a folk remedy is for for nausea, diarrhoea and gas. I give my kids ginger candy to relieve their travel-sickness on road trips and it seems to work well. It has also been used as a treatment for colds and respiratory symptoms.
Not only are ginger and turmeric great on their own, but they actually work better together. Like many natural substances, the different phytochemicals present interact with each other for increased potency. Compounds called gingerols in ginger act as bioenhancers . This means that they help your digestive system absorb other compounds. Since the main active component of turmeric – curcumin – is poorly absorbed on its own, it’s likely that consuming it with ginger helps the process along.
The Health Benefits of Turmeric Tea
The main compound of turmeric is curcumin which gives the spice its distinct color and contains most of the health-boosting properties.
The book Herbal Medicine reports that turmeric contains anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and can help to relieve gas and boost liver health. Among the health benefits of turmeric, Herbal Medicine states that it has been used to treat joint inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic digestive problems, and treat abdominal pain.2
However, curcumin is poorly absorbed by the body. To increase the amount of curcumin the body absorbs, it’s important to add black pepper. For example, a study published in the journal Planta Medica reported that by adding piperine (found in black pepper), you can increase the absorption rate of curcumin by around 2000%.3
The Health Benefits of Ginger Tea
Ginger and turmeric belong to the same family (Zingiberaceae family) and contain some similar compounds. The health benefits of ginger come mainly from gingerols which have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body.
The book Herbal Medicine reported that as well as having properties to reduce inflammation, ginger also helps to relieve pain. In fact, some studies have shown that the pain-relieving properties of ginger are as effective as ibuprofen. Among the health benefits of ginger, the book stated that it can treat arthritis pain, rheumatism, osteoarthritis, reduce nausea, stop stomach cramping, and improve cardiovascular health.
How Turmeric Ginger Tea Boosts Your Health
1. It may increase lifespan
Let’s start with the most impressive claim, shall we? A study in fruit flies (I know, not exactly similar to humans but they’re frequently used because of their short lifespan to study generational changes) showed that the compound curcumin in turmeric increased lifespan significantly. (source)
2. It has anti-inflammatory properties
A study in the journal Oncogene compared the anti-inflammatory power of turmeric with conventional drugs ibuprofen and aspirin. It was found to be stronger and with fewer side effects. Ginger has also been used to treat inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and ulcerative colitis.(source)
A study measured this effect and found that curcumin “significantly reduced” signs of inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis. It may even prevent arthritis from developing in the first place. (source) If you suffer from chronic inflammation, drinking a cup of ginger turmeric tea every day is a great idea.
3. It can help manage diabetes
Turmeric has an effect on blood sugar and insulin. One study found that its blood sugar-lowering abilities are much stronger than a common antidiabetic drug. If you’re already taking a medicine for diabetes, check with your doctor before adding ginger turmeric tea to your routine. (source)
4. It has anti-cancer properties
So many foods on the market these days claim to have anti-cancer powers as a selling point. But the science backs this claim up when it comes to turmeric ginger tea. A study published in the British Journal of Cancer found that ginger and turmeric extracts had the ability to inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors.
Ginger has shown to be useful for women suffering from ovarian cancer whereas turmeric may work against bladder and lung cancer. Both plants have antioxidant properties that may be responsible for these effects. (source 1, 2, 3)
5. It boosts brain repair and prevents Alzheimer’s
A study in animals showed that turmeric can increase neural stem cell growth in the brain – an important factor for self-repair. Other research showed that curcumin in turmeric may slow buildup of beta-amyloids – destructive substances involved in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s patients. It also helps with inflammation in the brain in Alzheimer’s. (source)
6. It aids digestion, nausea and vomiting
Most of us have heard of ginger to relieve motion sickness or upset stomach. This effect has been attributed to the compounds shogaol and gingerol present in the root. Ginger relaxes your gut muscles allowing food to move smoothly through your digestive system. (source)
Turmeric may help with indigestion – reducing symptoms such as bloating and gas (source).
7. It improves heart health – prevents stroke and heart attack
Ginger helps prevent blood clots, which are involved in stroke and heart attack. Be careful though, if you’re taking any medicines for this it can be a major interaction. Check with your doctor if this is the case. (source)
Curcumin in turmeric also has the power to lower your cholesterol! It’s been suggested that taking turmeric along with anti-cholesterol medicines such as statins leads to an enhanced effect. (source)
8. It fights infection
The Journal of Microbiology and Antimicrobials compared ginger’s antibacterial ability with that of common antibiotics. It was found that ginger had more power to kill staphylococcus aureus and streptococcus pyogenes than conventional drugs. (source) Curcumin is one of the strongest herbal antifungals too – more potent than ginger, clove and oregano. (source)
9. It helps improve mood and fight depression
A study in India tested curcumin in 60 volunteers with major depressive disorder. It was found to have similar efficacy to the drug Prozac, without the unpleasant side effects. (source)
10. It improves skin quality
Turmeric has been used as a traditional remedy for skin conditions for years. Its antibacterial properties make it helpful for acne and the anti inflammatory properties ease redness and irritation. As well as drinking it in your tea, why not use some turmeric to make a natural face mask? (source)
How To Make Healthy Ginger And Turmeric Tea
Turmeric tea recipe
If you want to make a simple quick cup of turmeric tea, this is what you should do:
- Put 1-2 teaspoon of fresh turmeric root or 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder in a cup.
- Fill with boiling water, cover and let infuse for 5 minutes.
- Add 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.
- Add raw honey and lemon to taste when the tea has cooled down.
- Drink a cup a day to help reduce inflammation.
Ginger tea recipe
Similarly, you can make a cup of ginger tea to help reduce inflammation and stimulate your immune system. Ginger tea on its own has many health benefits to relieve symptoms of cold, flu, or other upper respiratory infection.
To make a delicious ginger tea, follow the recipe for turmeric tea, but replace the turmeric with ginger. You can also leave out the black pepper.