Ginger and Garlic: Wonder Foods
When my son came down with a terrible headache and the beginning of a rasping
cough, my daughter-in-law strode into the kitchen and made him her well-known
concoction for colds and flu: pressed garlic, minced ginger, honey and hot
“Maybe some Tylenol would help him as well,” I suggested.
“This will do,” she said. ”Trust me.”
And she was right. The next morning, he was on his feet, bright, alert and symptom-free.
His quick recovery comes as no surprise to me. Ginger and garlic have been for centuries the most popular of home remedies. Closer inspection reveals why they work so well and why, in straightforward cases of colds and flu, they are perhaps even better alternatives than over the counter prescriptions.
Ginger has been used as both seasoning and medicine for over 50 years. During the Middle Ages, it was used against the plague. Today, it is used for ailments that run 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.
As well, ginger blocks the production of substances that cause bronchial
congestion and stuffiness. Its main compounds, gingerols, are natural cough
It works as well to reduce joint swellings in people who suffer from
rheumatoid arthritis. A recent 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.
A runner for 27 years, retired schoolteacher and writer, Mary is now doing what she loves--running, writing, helping people reclaim their bodies. Nutrition, exercise, positive vision and purposeful engagement are the tools used to turn their bodies into creative selves. You can subscribe to Mary's newsletter by contacting her at http://www.GreatBodyafter50secrets.com or visit her at http://www.greatbodyat50.com
A runner fitness buff writer and retired teacher Mary is doing what she
loves--working with the body and helping others reclaim their bodies through
nutrition exercise and positive vision.