Health Benefits of Ginger and Garlic – Natures Medicines

ginger and garlicGinger has been used as both seasoning and medicine for over 500 years. During the Middle Ages, it was used against the plague. Today, it is used for various ailments from simple colds and sniffles to rheumatoid arthritis.

Its effectiveness against headaches has been documented. Taken at the first sign of migraine, ginger can reduce the symptoms and severity of headaches by blocking prostaglandins, the chemicals that cause inflammation in blood vessels in the brain. This anti-inflammatory activity in ginger can shorten the discomfort of headaches, colds and flu. Ginger blocks the production of substances that cause bronchial congestion and stuffiness. Its main compound, gingerol, provides natural anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative properties and is also a cough suppressant.

It works as well to reduce joint swellings in people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. A study found that ginger eased the symptoms in 55 percent of people with osteoarthritis and 74 percent of those with rheumatoid arthritis. Considering the health implications of drugs like Vioxx and Celebrex, ginger seems a much safer and more cost-effective alternative.

Ginger works like aspirin to thin the blood. A study involving Danish women between the ages of 25 to 65 years, one group of whom consumed 70 grams of raw onion daily while a second group consumed 5 grams of ginger daily for one week, showed unequivocally the benefits of ginger. When the researchers tested both groups of women, they found that ginger, more clearly than onion, reduced thromboxane production by almost 60 percent. Thromboxane compounds stimulate the clumping of blood platelets and the constricting of blood vessels. By dissolving the clumping quality of blood platelets, ginger reduces blood clots and the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Ginger can also relieve menstrual cramps. Chemical compounds in ginger act as anti-spasmodics inhibiting painful contractions of both smooth muscles of the digestive tract and the uterus.

Garlic is no less powerful. The restorative powers of garlic have been known to the ancient Egyptians who gave garlic to slaves constructing the pyramids in order to increase their efficiency and stamina.

Garlic, like ginger, reduces the tendency of blood to clot. Garlic improves blood flow throughout the body, not just in the coronary arteries. It acts as a vasodilator by causing blood vessels to expand and blood pressure to drop. Researchers at the Garlic Research Bureau in Suffolk, England, recently reported that “even small amounts of Garlic, say 3 or 4 grams, will have a pronounced effect on fibrinolytic (breaking down of blood clots) activity in doses from 25 grams ( 10 cloves) to 50 grams. Garlic seems to be highly effective in promoting beneficial changes in blood fat composition and platelet adhesiveness.”

Garlic also lowers cholesterol, tryglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels while also increasing the beneficial cholesterol HDL.

Garlic may have some anti-tumor properties. Garlic oil inhibits enzymes that curtail the production of protaglandins (many cancers are prostaglandin dependent). Research in China also shows an inverse relationship between the incidence of stomach cancer and garlic intake. Studies even suggest that garlic may lower the risk of colon cancer by 35 percent and stomach cancer by as much as 50 percent. Garlic inhibits the formation of nitrites, chemicals that could trigger stomach cancer. There have also been claims that garlic can shrink cancers of the breast, skin and lungs.

Finally, the essential oils in garlic are excreted through the lungs, which means that it is particularly effective for clearing respiratory ailments.

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  200 comments for “Health Benefits of Ginger and Garlic – Natures Medicines

  1. MotleyHealth
    May 5, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Juli, I doubt it. See a doctor if you are urinating more than usual, there could be an underlying health condition (such as diabetes).

  2. Abbas
    May 9, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I have a disease that causes my both knees,both ankle and both toes swelld,pain,warm in affected area,dislocation,stiffness which i dont know the type of disease and what can i do to stop the effect.Pls help doc

  3. Juli
    May 9, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Ve tested for that it cums out very normal, also diff test said stapp,odas said candida,but i doubt it cos i dnt ve boils or itching or even discharge or pain wen urinating,i was tinkn it to be an over active bladder

  4. MotleyHealth
    May 13, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Might be a good idea to get a second doctor’s opinion. If it is Overactive Bladder Syndrome, did the doctor suggest a treatment?

  5. MotleyHealth
    May 13, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Abbas, there are no doctors here. Make an appointment with a local doctor.

  6. Patrick DG Jang
    July 24, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Generally, weakness in the body, pains and heat. Pelvis, back and chest pains, etc.

  7. vina
    August 19, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Taking lemon grass with lemon fruit, ginger and garlic all boiled together. Hope it’s health benefits is still effective due to the heat

  8. Chicobrains
    October 12, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    i can hear pains at my back head
    and can feel something moving in my head like bubbles what should i do to cure it

  9. MotleyHealth
    October 12, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    See a doctor.

  10. Ray Manclark
    November 29, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Thought you all may want to hear this; I have taken blood pressure tabs for 10 yrs. Tried a recipe of Garlic, ginger, lemon, cider vinegar, orange and few dates, olive oil, glass of filtered water, blend for one minute. `drink every morning on empty stomach. BP is now 118 over 68 and I am 70 yrs old. At last, no more tablets.

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