Garlic and ginger are two commonly used kitchen herbs that possess many little-known therapeutic and health benefits. Consuming ginger and garlic in the raw (fresh) form is more effective than the dried form and can be used as a health booster especially during the rainy season. Hence they are rightly called The Kings of the Kitchen.
So let’s look at some of the health benefits of garlic and ginger
Garlic is traditionally used as a remedy for ailments like worm problems, intestinal disorders, flatulence, respiratory disorders, skin diseases and wounds. Modern Research indicates that the consumption of garlic improves the functioning of the heart. It also acts as a blood thinner ,lowers the blood pressure and reduces inflammation. Many studies have shown that an increased intake of garlic reduces the risk of cancer.
It also enjoys the triple benefits of being antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal. Thus consuming raw cloves of garlic is a natural remedy to common cold and many other ailments.
Some tips on how to choose garlic for your culinary escapades
- The garlic pod should appear full and have unbroken skin.
- Avoid soft, shrivelled garlic that is beginning to sprout.
- The chemicals in garlic are relatively inert until crushed or chopped. After this the enzymatic process of converting the phytonutrient allicin starts which is responsible for many of the health benefits of garlic. For maximum benefits, it is best to wait for 5 minutes after chopping or crushing the garlic for use.
- Raw garlic is always more potent. You can add garlic towards the end of cooking for more benefits.
Ginger root has been traditionally used to aid digestion, treat stomach upset, nausea, diarrhea, arthritis, flatulence, motion sickness, morning sickness, common cold and menstrual pain. It has anti- inflammatory compounds called gingerols which help in treating inflammatory conditions. Daily usage of ginger helps in relieving muscle pain, swelling, osteoarthritis or any muscular discomfort.
It also breaks down and flushes out toxins in the body. Intake of fresh Ginger is found very helpful in relieving cold, flu and other respiratory problems.
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