Ginger

April 28, 2017

GINGER

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant that is popularly used as a spice or medicinal herb. This plant grows about a metre tall, with narrow green leaves and yellow flowers that originated in the tropical rainforest of Southern Asia. This herb no longer grows wild but is commonly found in India. Indian ginger also has the largest amount of genetic variation. Ginger was exported to Europe in the first century AD and was used extensively by the Romans. The rhizome (root cluster) is the main part of the plant that is harvested and used.   HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Stimulates the production of saliva, making swallowing easier
  • Alleviates nausea caused by seasickness/ motion sickness, morning sickness, and chemotherapy
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Alleviates arthritis
  • Decreases the risk of cancer and destroys ovarian and colon cancer cells
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Aids digestion
  • Aids with heartburn and acid reflux
  • Eases headaches and sore throats
  • Helps with the cold or flu
  • Aids with asthma, bronchitis, coughs, and other lung/throat disorders
  • Alleviates colic, loss of appetite, heart palpitations, and diarrhoea
  • Reduces menstrual pain
  • May lower cholesterol levels

August 11, 2016

CINNAMON

Cinnamon is a spice that is made from the inner bark of several trees called Cinnamomum. Its medicinal benefits have been used throughout history, as far back as the Ancient Egyptians. There are two types of cinnamon: first Ceylon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum): known as true cinnamon, and Cassia or Chinese Cinnamon (Cinnamomum aromaticum): which originates from China and is generally less expensive.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Has loads of antioxidants
  • Anti inflammatory properties
  • May reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Dramatically reduces insulin resistance, allowing the hormone to do its job and therefore reducing blood sugar levels
  • Therefore cinnamon has and anti-diabetic effect by lowering blood sugar, reducing insulin resistance, and the presence of a compound in cinnamon acts by mimicking insulin
  • May help prevent Alzheimer’s disease by inhibiting the build up of protein called Tau in the brain
  • May help prevent Parkinson’s disease by protecting neurons, normalizing neurotransmitter levels, and improve motor functions
  • May help prevent cancer
  • Helps to prevent and treat bacterial and fungal infections due to the presence of Cinnamaldehyde which is a strong antibacterial/antifung