Ginger and garlic tea is a popular folk remedy for ailments ranging from common colds to high blood pressure. While ginger and garlic both have many healthful properties when consumed fresh, it is less clear whether a tea made from these foods has a beneficial impact on circulatory health.
Ginger and garlic tea has many potential health benefits, including treatment for high blood pressure. However, there are potential negative side effects of this combination to consider.
Ginger and garlic tea as a treatment for high blood pressure can also be a dangerous combination if you are taking medication for circulatory or cardiovascular disorders.
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Get to Know Garlic
Garlic — Allium sativum — is known for its antibiotic, anti-fungal and health-building properties. Garlic is often used as a dietary supplement to reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
Numerous studies support the proposition that garlic and garlic supplements are useful in preventing and treating cardiovascular conditions, according to a January-February 2014 article published in Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine.
Garlic has also been studied for potential cancer-fighting impacts of its sulfur compounds. These health-promoting compounds are not present in intact garlic, but form when fresh garlic cloves are crushed or chopped and exposed to air.
These compounds have anti-bacterial powers comparable to penicillin, according to an October 2016 article published by Journal of Infectious Diseases and Treatment. Fresh garlic cloves, rather than tea, contain the antibacterial properties.
Get the Benefits of Ginger
Ginger has been used in traditional medicine in several cultures for thousands of years, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Its use has primarily been directed at digestive disorders, including nausea, motion sickness and loss of appetite.
Numerous studies support ginger's effectiveness for these purposes. Ginger increases calcium uptake by the heart, which in turn reduces high blood pressure, according to the Clayton College of Natural Health.
However, only fresh ginger produces this effect. The active components of ginger vary widely from plant to plant, so the beneficial effects even of fresh ginger use can not be wholly predictable.
Use Garlic and Ginger Tea
Garlic and ginger tea benefits also include treatment for colds and easing the symptoms of flu. This use takes advantage of garlic and ginger's antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as ginger's reputation for easing headache and relieving nausea, as explained in a February 2019 article published by Current Trends in Biomedical Engineering & Biosciences.
Since studies regarding these healthful properties of ginger and garlic have focused on consuming the fresh products or dietary supplements, it is uncertain whether a tea made from fresh or dry garlic and ginger would impart the same healthful properties.
However, ginger and garlic tea tastes good, especially with honey and lemon, and adds warm fluids to the diet when suffering from a cold or flu.
Be Aware of Potential Dangers
Garlic and ginger both thin the blood, leading to increased risk of bleeding. Taking ginger and garlic together could potentially interfere with blood clotting, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Neither should be consumed when you are taking other anticoagulants like aspirin or warfarin.
Consult your doctor before beginning any home treatment for high blood pressure, as consuming ginger and garlic in supplement or tea form may interfere with your medication and create a real risk of health dangers.
- Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine: "Garlic: A Review of Potential Therapeutic Effects"
- National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Garlic"
- Journal of Infectious Diseases and Treatment: "Anti-Bacterial Effect of Garlic (Allium sativum) against Clinical Isolates of Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli from Patients Attending Hawassa Referral Hospital, Ethiopia"
- National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Ginger"
- Current Trends in Biomedical Engineering & Biosciences: "Medicinal Properties of Ginger and Garlic: A Review"