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Wonder Food or Medicine - What Foods Like Ginger, Turmeric, Green Tea Truly Do To Your Health


You may already be using them as important ingredients in your cooking or going full on home remedy expert and using them for medicinal purposes. In this article, the health benefits of these common foods are highlighted. Learn what properties are backed by science and you may realize some notions you have about them that are exaggerated or false. 


Lime

Lime is a sour green citrus fruit known in Nigeria for its many uses, to abate nausea, in large amounts, as an abortifacient, in removing slime from slimy foods and for skin rashes

Nutritionally, Lime is very rich in Vitamin C. it also contains nutrients such as Iron, Vitamin B6, Thiamine, Potassium and more.  Vitamin C is the only nutrient it contains in significant amounts to aid body functions.

The high vitamin C content serves the following functions

  • Boost immunity

  • Help wounds heal faster

  • Promote healthy skin

The lime peel is also rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants mop is also said to prevent against heart diseases, Iron deficiency anaemia, weight loss although extensive research has not been carried out in these areas to prove this.

Lime is that touch of sour you want in your cocktail, drinks etc. Isn't it delightful that you gain all this while enjoying it.

Garlic

Garlic is a species of the onion genus generally used as a seasoning and for medicinal purposes worldwide. 

Garlic contains some nutrients such as Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, selenium etc. but in typical daily use not in sufficient amount to serve body functions. 

The health benefits of garlic are due to the content of the sulphur-containing compound. The most important one being Allicin which is unstable therefore the fresher the garlic, the better the benefits you can get from it.  The benefits may include:

  • Reduction of blood pressure

  • Reduction of cholesterol levels

  • Slowing the ageing process

  • Detoxification of heavy metals

Note that garlic does not replace prescribed medications in carrying out these functions. It can only aid the functions of prescribed medications. 

If your blood pressure is high, see your Doctor!!!

Garlic should also be used with caution in pregnant women, people with ulcers, clotting disorders and garlic allergies, especially in large quantities.


Green Tea

Green tea is derived from brewing unprocessed unfermented tea leaves of the Camelia Sinensis plant.

Green tea is rich in polyphenols which have antioxidant properties that may protect against diseases and ageing.

It also contains caffeine which is a stimulant that energy level, mood and concentration.

There are many health claims that green tea reduces the risk of cancer, can cause weight loss, have antibacterial properties and are neuroprotective. Evidence supporting these claims are inconclusive.

Note that green leaf also contains tannins which prevent iron absorption and should not be taken following iron-rich meals.


Turmeric

Turmeric is a plant of the ginger family and is responsible for the yellow colour of curry. It is generally used as a seasoning and sometimes for medicinal purposes.

The key active ingredient in turmeric is curamin.

Curamin has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which are responsible for the majority of its health benefits. These benefits may include

  • Slowing progression of chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic osteoarthritis etc.

  • Slowing the ageing process

  • Prevention of cancers

Curamin can also increase Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), a growth factor found the brain that may delay or reverse brain diseases or age-related decline in brain function.

Ginger

Ginger is a flowering plant. The ginger root is the part mainly used. It can be used fresh, dried, powdered or its oil is extracted. 

Ginger contains gingerol which reduces nausea and also has anti-inflammatory properties, therefore, it may be effective for

  • Reduction of nausea and vomiting 

  • Reduction of menstrual cramps

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Morning sickness

  • Dizziness

However, there is no conclusive scientific research to support this. It is therefore advised to use it in moderate amounts like adding it as a spice in food, to add flavour to teas and avoid excessive consumption for unverified benefits.

Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a plant. It is commonly taken orally, its oil applied directly to the skin or used as aromatherapy.

Health benefits of lemongrass may include

  • Prevention of the growth of some bacteria and yeast. 

  • Relieve pain and swelling, 

  • Relieve fever, 

  • Improve levels of sugar and cholesterol in the blood

  • Reduce menstrual flow and

  • It also has antioxidant properties.

  • It is often consumed by boiling the leaves to make tea. Because these benefits are not substantiated, it should be used in moderation. Article By: Dr Ilo Azeezah

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