10 Benefits Of Turmeric And Ginger, How To Use, & Side Effects

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The modern world has taken notice of the ginger and turmeric benefits. There is a growing recognition that ginger and turmeric are powerful natural remedies. However, many ancient civilizations have used them for centuries. Early Indian and Chinese civilizations used ginger for medicinal purposes (1). Turmeric may stem from Ayurveda and India, but it was long used by ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans as food, dye, and cosmetic ingredient (2).

Let’s dive into the health benefits of ginger and turmeric, their side effects, and how you can incorporate them into your daily life. Read on to know more.

What Is Turmeric And Ginger Tea Good For?

Turmeric and ginger belong to the rhizome family. This means our terrific tubes grow not only roots but also shoots that are similar to a root system. While turmeric and ginger are primarily used as a spice and for cosmetic purposes, you can make your own turmeric and ginger tea every day and reap the benefits of it!

  • Helps In Reducing Nausea And Vomiting
Turmeric and ginger tea helps in reducing nausea and vomiting
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If you get bouts of morning sickness every day or you are going through chemotherapy, the side effects of which make you feel nauseous, then a good cuppa of ginger tea can sort that out! Researchers conducted a systematic review to understand the role of ginger in nausea induced by pregnancy and chemotherapy. The results showed that ginger played a beneficial role in reducing nausea and vomiting, thus proving the mighty power of ginger (3). Ginger tea provides a healthier alternative to people who are not very keen on taking anti-nausea medications.

  • Helps In The Prevention of High Blood Pressure

Are you looking for a natural alternative to help keep your blood pressure under control? Then look no further! A study was conducted to understand the correlation between daily consumption of ginger and the prevention of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure. The results showed that daily consumption of ginger is associated with a lower risk of developing high blood pressure (4).

  • Boosts Your Immune System

Dubbed “The Golden Spice”, turmeric comes with a lot of benefits. One of them includes boosting your immune system. Research shows that curcumin, the orange-yellow compound found in turmeric, helps in the activation of t-cells, which are responsible for developing the immune response in our body (5). Make tea out of this earthy spice and spice up your immune system! Also, the antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties of turmeric and ginger help manage seasonal cough, cold, and congestion.

  • Helps Improve The Symptoms Of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Turmeric and ginger tea helps improve rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
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Who knew this tangy spice is packed with so many benefits? Turmeric has been shown to help manage the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a medical condition that is characterized by inflammation of the joints. This condition develops when the body’s own immune system turns against its own body and attacks the cells. A study was conducted where researchers split forty-five patients with rheumatoid arthritis into three groups. One group was administered turmeric and the other two groups were given an anti-inflammatory drug alone or combined with turmeric. The result showed that the group administered turmeric alone showed signs of improvement in their symptoms, thus showing the medical potency of turmeric (6).

Now that you know the benefits of turmeric and ginger tea and how they can improve your health, let us have a look at the benefits of ginger and turmeric in general.

10 Benefits Of Ginger and Turmeric

As you can see, the dynamic duo, in any form, is good for your health. But in their purest form, what are the benefits of ginger and turmeric? Let us read further to find out.

1. Ginger Can Help You Shed Those Extra Pounds

If you are looking to shed those extra pounds naturally, go gorge on some ginger. Researchers conducted a systematic review to see the effect of consumption of ginger on weight loss in overweight and obese people. The researchers concluded that the consumption of ginger saw a decrease in body weight and an increase in HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) levels in the subjects, thus proving the goodness of good old ginger (7). Juliana Tamayo, MS, RD, a Clinical Dietitian at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, says, “Ginger is often included in diets and weight loss products due to its “detox” abilities. Most of these, though, come from the fact that ginger helps with proper digestion, overall improving how your body absorbs and processes nutrients.”

Emma J, a blogger and fashion enthusiast, took a ginger shot every morning for a month and explained how it transformed her energy levels. She writes, “The immediate health-boosting effect of ginger shots was astonishing. I felt more energized and less weary throughout the day, and by the end of the first month, I felt invincible (i).”

2. Ginger Is Beneficial For Indigestion

Ginger is beneficial for indigestion
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Do you ever feel gassy, bloated or a burning sensation in your chest, chances are that you might be suffering from indigestion. It is more common than you think. One in every four people in the USA is affected with indigestion or dyspepsiai  Commonly referred to as indigestion that causes bloating, gassiness, nausea and discomfort in the stomach. every year (8). A study was conducted to see how ginger has antioxidant properties that affect gastric motility in people with functional dyspepsia or chronic indigestion. The subjects were given three ginger capsules or a placebo followed by a soup after an hour. The results showed that the subject’s gastric emptying was faster after consuming ginger supplements than placebos (9). This is essential because gastric emptying is associated with relieving discomfort from indigestion.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the antioxidant gingerol present in ginger communicates with the feel-good chemical (serotonin) receptors in the brain to help relieve stomach discomfort. However, quality research is warranted in this regard.

3. Ginger Helps Reduce Period Pains

Ladies, if you suffer from painful period pains and no amount of hot water bags is helping you drive that pain away, then behold the zingy ginger. Research has shown that ginger is as effective as non-steroidal inflammatory drugs in reducing period pains in women (10). So, if you are looking to say bye to those painkillers and go natural, then ginger is the way.

A study conducted on 6 clinical trials involving 687 patients looked at the effectiveness of taking powdered ginger orally to help ease the pain of dysmenorrhea. The data suggests that taking 750 to 2,000 mg of ginger on the first three days of menstruation may be a promising option for pain relief. It was also found that ginger was more effective than a placebo and equally as effective as NSAIDs.

4. Ginger Improves Brain Function

Did you know that ginger can improve your brain’s functionality? Research says so. Researchers conducted a study to see the effect of ginger extract on middle-aged women’s cognitive function. Sixty women were given ginger extract for two months and the results were promising as the women showed an improvement in their working memory and general brain functionality (11).

5. Ginger Lowers Your Cholesterol Levels

High cholesterol levels have been linked to an increased risk of developing heart diseases. You can develop cholesterol when large deposits of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) form in your blood vessels, narrowing the blood flow to your heart, ultimately leading to a heart attack or stroke (12 ). How can you get your cholesterol levels down? In a study conducted in 2018, people ranging from the age of 18 to 70 years were asked to take 5 grams of ginger every day for three months. The results showed an astounding 17.41% decrease in LDL cholesterol levels and an 8.83% decrease in total cholesterol levels (13).

6. Turmeric Decreases Your Risk Of Developing Cardiovascular Diseases

Did you know that turmeric and ginger belong to the same family? Then you will not find it surprising that the health benefits of turmeric and ginger are many. Research shows that turmeric is excellent for maintaining good heart health. A study was conducted to see how curcumin, which is found in turmeric, affects heart health in young, healthy adults. Fifty-nine adults were given curcumin extract for eight weeks and saw a 3% increase in heart function (14). This suggests that curcumin decreases your risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

7. Turmeric May Help Decrease Symptoms Of Depression

Depression has been dubbed “The Silent Killer”. WHO estimates that 280 million people around the globe suffer from depression (15). A controlled study trial was conducted with sixty people diagnosed with a major depressive disorder to see the effect of curcumin on their symptoms. The results showed that taking 1000 mg of curcumin for six weeks had the same effect as the antidepressant, Prozac (16). It is also believed that curcumin in turmeric stimulates the production of serotonin and dopaminei  A neurotransmitter that acts as a chemical messenger between neurons and is responsible for mood regulation. , which have antidepressant effects (17) The presence of geraniol in ginger may also protect against stress. However, more quality research is warranted in this regard.

8. Turmeric Helps Lower Your Blood Sugar Levels

Although most research studies done today have been conducted on animals, they still show promising results when it comes to turmeric and its effect on blood sugar levels. A study was conducted to see how curcumin affects insulin levels in obese mice. The mice were given curcumin for a period of sixteen weeks with their insulin levels being monitored daily. The results reported lower levels of insulin in the mice along with lower body weight (17).

9. Turmeric Makes Your Skin Healthy

If you suffer from any skin disease or you simply want some smooth and shiny skin, then turmeric can give you that. A systematic review was done to examine the effects of turmeric on skin health. The researchers concluded after reviewing 234 articles that curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, had a beneficial impact on skin health in relation to skin conditions such as alopecia, dermatitisi  An umbrella condition causing skin inflammation, rashes, and itchiness and includes diseases like eczema. , etc (18).

10. Turmeric May Help In Preventing Eye Diseases

This golden spice has been used by ancient Indian and Asian cultures for thousands of years due to its pharmacological properties. One of the top turmeric benefits is that it helps in the prevention of many eye diseases. Research shows that curcumin plays an active part in slowing down degeneration in eye diseases such as macular degenerationi  A common eye disorder in old age that causes vision loss due to damage to the macula (central part of the retina). , retinal cancer, and diabetic retinopathyi  Eye disease caused due to diabetes that damages the blood vessels in the tissues at the back of the eye (retina), leading to vision problems. (19).

As you can see, the spicy twins— turmeric and ginger, offer innumerable benefits that can help us lead a healthy life. Learn about the nutritional breakdown of ginger in the following section.

Ginger Nutritional Value

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 100 grams of raw ginger root contains (20):

  • Calories: 80 kcal
  • Protein: 1.82 g
  • Fat: 0.75 g
  • Carbs: 17.8 g
  • Dietary fiber: 2 g
  • Calcium: 16 mg
  • Sodium: 13 mg
  • Magnesium: 43 mg
  • Potassium: 415 mg
  • Iron: 0.6 mg
  • Vitamin C: 5 mg
  • Thiamin: 0.025 mg
  • Riboflavin: 0.034 mg
  • Niacin: 0.75 mg

In addition, ginger contains other essential nutrients like vitamin K, vitamin E, choline, and folate and minerals like copper, zinc, selenium, and manganese.
This is the nutritional profile of ginger root. Let us dive into how we can use ginger and turmeric in our daily lives.

How To Use Ginger And Turmeric

Ginger is a spice that is used by various cultures around the globe, be it Chinese, Japanese, or Indian, ginger is a household staple in these cultures. It is not only used for medicinal purposes but is also some of the most common nd popular cooking ingredients used. Here is a simple recipe on how to make a nice, warm ginger tea at home. Try adding a teaspoon of coconut oil or clarified butter to this tea that helps in the better absorption of curcumin. Also, using full-fat dairy or coconut or almond milk for making turmeric milk helps in the effective absorption of curcumin and reap the complete benefits.

Ginger Tea

A cup of hot ginger tea
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Ingredients

  • ginger
  • boiling water
  • honey

Instructions

  1. Slice and peel 1 small piece of ginger.
  2. Take a saucepan and boil 1 cup of water.
  3. Add the sliced ginger and 1 teaspoon of honey to the boiling water.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil and then bring it down to a simmer.
  5. Let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove the ginger from the mixture.
  7. Pour the mixture into your favorite cup and sip it hot.
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As an alternative to honey, you can use agave nectar or maple syrup, which are both good vegan substitutes.

Turmeric Milk

Turmeric milk to regain energy
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Take 1 cup of milk in a saucepan.
  2. Boil it till it becomes slightly hot.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of pepper powder.
  5. Stir it well till the powders mix well.
  6. Add 1 teaspoon of honey and stir it.
  7. Pour it into your favorite cup and sip it.

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To enhance the flavor, you can also mix 1 crushed clove and 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Additionally, this recipe can use any milk (2%, soy, coconut, almond, etc.).

A nice, hot cuppa of ginger tea in the evening or a warm cup of turmeric milk can energize you and give you the much-needed break from work. Let us take a peek at some of the side effects of turmeric and ginger.

Side Effects

Just like everything else in this world, turmeric and ginger have their benefits and side effects. Moderate intake of ginger and turmeric is considered safe. Both ingredients may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, heartburn, and abdominal discomfort when consumed in excess (21), (22). Here are a few potential side effects of consuming turmeric and ginger:

  • Higher Chance Of Developing Kidney Stones

Research states that turmeric contains oxalates, which are compounds that are expelled from the body during excretion. Too much oxalate can increase your risk of developing kidney stones. This was seen in a study conducted by researchers to see the effect of turmeric and cinnamon on the excretion of urinary oxalate. The results show that high doses of turmeric lead to a comparatively higher rate of urinary oxalate excretion, increasing the risk of developing kidney stones (23).

  • Ginger Can Cause Gas And Bloating

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health states that one of the side effects of ginger consumption is that it may cause gas and bloating (24).

In addition, both these herbs may with certain medications, such as blood thinners, and may increase the risk of bleeding (25), (26).

Other than the above-mentioned side effects, consuming turmeric and ginger in moderation is the best way to go about it. If you experience any side effects, stop consuming these herbs and consult your doctor immediately. Now, let’s check out whether ginger and turmeric can help you fight pain and sickness.

Can Ginger And Turmeric Help Fight Pain And Sickness?

This dynamic duo has countless benefits that are essential for us. But can ginger and turmeric reduce pain? Let us see what research has to say about that. A study was conducted in the year 2016 to see the effect of ginger extract and echinacea on the pain and inflammation of patients with osteoarthritisi  A form of arthritis common in old age that results from the wearing down of cartilage surrounding the joints, leading to symptoms like stiffness and chronic pain. of the knees. The patients were given ginger extract and echinacea extract and their level of improvement was tracked for 30 days. The results showed a significant improvement in pain and inflammation in the patients, proving the effectiveness of ginger as a remedy for pain (27).

Research suggests that turmeric is an effective pain reliever. A study was conducted to examine the effect of curcuminoid in patients with knee osteoarthritis. The patients were either given curcuminoid or placebo for 6 weeks. The researchers found a remarkable decrease in pain and a marked improvement in the physical function of the knees (28).

Ginger and turmeric together have proven to be very successful in fighting pain, especially in people diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Let us look into whether ginger and turmeric are good for regular consumption.

Is It Good To Consume Turmeric And Ginger Every Day?

Modern research does not suggest the exact amount of turmeric and ginger you can consume on a daily basis. But consuming a moderate amount of turmeric and ginger with water or milk on a regular basis is recommended and can go a long way in developing a healthy lifestyle.

Adults should not ingest more than 4 grams of ginger root and 1 gram of turmeric per day (29), (30). However, it is best to consult a doctor before consuming the fresh herbs or their supplements.

The terrific tubes, ginger, and turmeric are the superstars that have been extensively studied and researched by the scientific community for centuries. Be it individually or combined, the benefits of ginger and turmeric are numerous. From reducing pain and nausea to being beneficial to our memory and body, these two rhizomes are what we need to spice up our lives. You can incorporate small amounts of ginger and turmeric in your routine by making ginger tea or turmeric milk and see the benefits that they provide. Juliana Tamayo adds, “Turmeric and ginger are a great mix to have any time of the day. If you want to have them at night, pair them with chamomile tea, lemon water, or in a golden latte for a good night’s sleep. Taking turmeric and ginger before bed might lead to better sleep, which can help relax your body and reduce pain.”

Infographic: Ways To Include Ginger And Turmeric In Your Wellness Routine

Ginger and turmeric are two natural ingredients that are not only therapeutic on their own but can also enhance each other’s taste and health benefits when consumed together. Click on the infographic below to learn the different ways you can include them both in your diet and wellness routine. Scroll down!

ways to include ginger and turmeric in your wellness routine (infographic)

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Ginger and turmeric are replete with beneficial nutrients and offer many benefits. These tubers are often featured in home remedies that promote good skin and overall health. The benefits of ginger and turmeric range from better immunity to regulated blood pressure levels. Ginger is good for improving cognitive function and lowering blood cholesterol levels. Turmeric also promotes heart, skin, and eye health. You can reap the benefits of these condiments by infusing them into teas. However, excess consumption may lead to bloating or increase the risk of kidney stones. Hence, limit their consumption and seek medical advice if you experience any side effects.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is turmeric and ginger good at night?

Jesse Feder, RD, CPT, CSCS, Clinical Dietitian at the Memorial Regional Hospital South, says, “Turmeric and ginger are safe, effective, and good at night. Turmeric has calming properties and both of them also help reduce any GI discomforts, which can help you fall asleep at night and leave you feeling less bloated.”

How long do turmeric and ginger take to work?

When taken daily, turmeric and ginger may show positive results within a month or two.

Can you take ginger and turmeric on an empty stomach?

Yes, ginger and turmeric can be consumed on an empty stomach.

What is the best time of day to take turmeric?

The best time to take turmeric would be soon after you wake up in the morning or just before bed.

Key Takeaways

  • Ginger helps reduce weight, lower cholesterol levels, improve brain function, solve indigestion issues, and manage period pains.
  • Turmeric helps maintain heart health, decrease symptoms of depression, lower blood sugar levels, improve skin health, and prevent eye diseases.
  • However, consuming an excess of turmeric and ginger can increase the risk of kidney stones and bloat, respectively. Hence, practice moderation.
turmeric and ginger benefits

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Silky has been practicing nutrition for more than 14 years and is an active member of the Indian Dietetics Association (IDA). She has a masters degree in nutrition and dietetics and is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator.   Under sports nutrition, she widely covers most nutrition aspects, such as carbohydrate loading, hydration strategy, energy, endurance, muscle building,...read full bio

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