Both, Ginger and Garlic are so essential for cooking not only together but even individually, they’re literally the soul of lip smacking flavours in so many cuisines around the word and especially in most Indian cuisines. In fact they are so popular as a combination too that we have the biggest to smallest brands sell Ginger Garlic pastes for cooking.
Let’s look at some benefits of Ginger and Garlic beyond our admiration for such brilliant tasting creations of nature, since they both have therapeutic uses and health benefits too:
- Antiseptic properties: Did you know Garlic was used in both World Wars upon wounds to prevent infections? Garlic is a superfood with antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties and is used to naturally treat ringworm and athlete’s foot among other things. As far as Ginger is concerned, studies have shown it to have higher antibacterial properties than three commonly used antibiotics in hospitals.
- Anti-inflammatory properties: Both Garlic as well as Ginger are known to have anti-inflammatory properties where Ginger is used to treat Arthritis that is a result of inflammation and studies have found a component in Garlic that can be used to treat chronic inflammatory conditions.
- Cancer and its symptoms: Various studies across the world have proved Garlic to prevent various cancers in several ways especially given that it has strong antibacterial properties. However, it only prevents and doesn’t cure cancer or it’s symptoms.
- Motion sickness: Ginger has been used since time immemorial to treat digestive issues and motion sickness. So instead of going for medicines to prevent motion sickness, the next time you could just suck on a small peeled piece of ginger and it’ll have the same effect along with a refreshing long lasting after taste.
- Heart related issues: Garlic tends to thin blood which helps in avoiding heart attacks and strokes, it also helps in lowering blood pressure. It must be included in your daily diet especially is you have a family history of heart problems.
- Cold prevention: The next time you get a sickly feeling that you’re going to catch a cold or fall sick, just chop two three cloves of garlic and pop it with hot water like you’d pop a pill. Additionally you could even have a 500mg Vitamin C tablet that’ll make it a fool proof plan against cold altogether.
- Menstrual pains: Women have a tough time during that time of the month and it only becomes worse if there are stomach cramps and pains caused due to the period. Ginger works just as well as ibuprofen, a drug used to reduce menstrual pain and works wonders naturally without side effects of medicinal drugs on the body.