Garlic ginger paste is commonly used in Indian food and combines two of nature’s most powerful healers. According to AllRecipes.com, to make garlic ginger paste combine 4 ounces of chopped garlic and 4 ounces of chopped ginger, with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Puree the mixture in a food processor or blender until it forms a smooth paste. Use garlic-ginger paste in your diet to provide significant health benefits.
Pain Relief and Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Both garlic and ginger have been proven effective in treating pain and inflammation. In a study conducted by the Nursing and Midwifery School, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, ginger proved as effective as ibuprofen and mefenamic acid at relieving the pain symptoms related to premenstrual syndrome. Similarly, in a double-blind trial conducted by the Headache Center in Springfield, Missouri, ginger proved effective at relieving migraines when taken at the pre-migraine headache stage, thus preventing sever attacks. Garlic is traditionally used to treat tooth pain, migraines, back pain and a number of other pain-related conditions.
Cancer Treatment and Prevention
Garlic and ginger are both effective at fighting and preventing a wide range of cancer-related issues as well. Rex and Christine Munday, a research team from New Zealand reported in 1999 that garlic causes the digestive system to produce an enzyme that readily attacks cancer. Similarly, a study conducted at the Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the University of North Carolina concluded that garlic intake was effective in battling colorectal and stomach cancers. MedLine, a publication by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, suggests that a variety of studies have shown interest in garlic as a treatment for breast, lung, prostate and bladder cancers too. Ginger has also been linked to effective treatment of multiple cancer varieties. According to USA Today, a study conducted by the University of Michigan shows that ginger may reduce the inflammation caused by colon cancer. Professors at Harvard opine that these findings may hint to ginger’s effectiveness as a preventive measure for those at risk of colon cancer.
Ginger can also be used to treat the nausea associated with chemotherapy and radiation treatments. According to the New York Times, the American Society of Clinical Oncologists reported that patients taking ginger experienced roughly 45 percent less nausea and vomiting. The Mayo Clinic conducted a study that found that ginger, when combined with traditional anti-nausea medications, were more effective than either treatment on its own.
Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
There is evidence that ginger and garlic are effective in lowering blood pressure and limiting cholesterol. A study conducted by the Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at the Aga Khan University Medical College, concluded that ginger lowers blood pressure by blocking the voltage-dependent calcium channels that regulate blood flow. In another trial, carried out at the Department of Biological Sciences by the Faculty of Science at Kuwait University, ginger proved effective at lowering the blood serum glucose level and cholesterol in diabetic rats; leading the biologists to conclude that ginger can reduce both blood glucose and cholesterol. Similarly, according to the University of Chicago, garlic has been studied as a method of controlling the development of atherosclerosis because it both reduces blood pressure and lowers blood serum cholesterol levels.
- Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology: Ginger lowers blood pressure through blockade of voltage-dependent calcium channels
- British Journal of Nutrition: Anti-diabetic and hypolipidaemic properties of ginger (Zingiber officinale) in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats.
- AllRecipes.com: Ginger Garlic Paste
- USA Today: Ginger can help reduce nausea after chemotherapy
- MedlinePlus: Garlic