Do you ever feel like you need a boost? A cup of herbal tea, or, of course, coffee, comes to mind, but I wanted something different and a little out of my usual sphere. This Ginger-Tumeric Tonic is just the thing!
Ginger has an amazing history of health benefits and has been used extensively in traditional medicine for thousands of years.
Fresh ginger can be grouped into two wide range categories – volatiles and non-volatiles. Volatiles include sesquiterpene and monoterpenoid hydrocarbons which provide the distinct aroma and taste of ginger. The non-volatile compounds include gingerols, shogaols, paradols, and zingerone.
These chemical components give ginger its powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant capacities.
Animal models showed that ginger significantly lowered induced lipid peroxidation and raised the levels of ani-oxidant enzymes, together with serum glutathione. (source)
What this means is that ginger can ameliorate the creation of free radicals and can increase levels of serum glutathione – the most powerful anti-oxidant in the body.
Best of all, ginger has a wonderful flavor and gives a bit of heat to any recipe!
Tumeric has been used as a spice and a medicinal herb for thousands of years. It contains curcumin, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant compound.
Many studies have been conducted on the properties of curcumin. Since there are relatively small amounts of curcumin in tumeric, the studies focus in on using curcumin supplements.
Additionally, curcumin is not readily absorbed, but having black pepper (piperin) in the supplement seems to help with absorption.
Rather than taking expensive supplements, I love the idea of taking these powerful substances on a daily basis, in small amounts.
I recently started to drink about 2 to 3 ounces before my first meal and I find that it definitely aids in digestion. If you drink this tonic, you will not have to take digestive enzymes.
The use of fresh lemon, apple cider vinegar and raw honey also add to the medicinal properties of this tonic.
Let me know how you like it!Print