Ginger – 1cm cube
Garlic – 1cm cube
Turmeric – 1cm cube or half a teaspoon of powder
Honey – to taste
Black Pepper – to taste
Coconut oil – 1-2 teaspoons
|Ginger (11g)||Garlic (3 cloves 9g)||Turmeric 7g|
|Vitamin A||0.0 IU||Vitamin A||0.8 IU||Vitamin A||0.0 iu|
|Vitamin C||0.6 mg||Vitamin C||2.8 mg||Vitamin C||1.7 mg|
|Vitamin E||0.0mg||Vitamin E||0.0 mg||Vitamin E||0.2 mg|
|Vitamin K||0.0 mcg||Vitamin K||0.2 mg||Vitamin K||0.9 mg|
|Thiamin||0.0 mg||Thiamin||0.0 mg||Thiamin||0.0 mg|
|Riboflavin||0.0 mg||Riboflavin||0.0 mg||Riboflavin||0.0 mg|
|Naicin||0.0 mg||Naicin||0.1 mg||Naicin||0.3 mg|
|Vitamin B6||0.0 mg||Vitamin B6||0.1 mg||Vitamin B6||0.1 mg|
|Folate||1.2 mcg||Folate||0.3 mcg||Folate||2.6 mg|
|Vitamin B12||0.0 mcg||Vitamin B12||0.0 mcg||Vitamin B12||0.0 mcg|
|Pantothenic Acid||0.0 mg||Pantothenic Acid||0.1 mg||Pantothenic Acid||0.0 mg|
|Choline||3.2 mg||Choline||2.1 mg||Choline||3.3 mg|
|Betaine||0.0 mg||Betaine||0.0 mg||Betaine||0.7 mg|
|Calcium||1.8 mg||Calcium||16.3 mg||Calcium||12.4 mg|
|Iron||0.1 mg||Iron||0.2 mg||Iron||2.8 mg|
|Magnesium||4.7 mg||Magnesium||2.2 mg||Magnesium||13.0 mg|
|Phosphorus||3.7 mg||Phosphorus||13.8 mg||Phosphorus||18.1 mg|
|Potassium||45.7 mg||Potassium||36.1 mg||Potassium||170 mg|
|Sodium||1.4 mg||Sodium||1.5 mg||Sodium||2.6 mg|
|Zinc||0.0 mg||Zinc||0.1 mg||Zinc||0.3 mg|
|Copper||0.0 mg||Copper||0.0 mg||Copper||0.0 mg|
|Manganese||0.0 mg||Manganese||0.2 mg||Manganese||0.5 mg|
|Selenium||0.1 mcg||Selenium||1.3 mg||Selenium||0.3 mcg|
|Omega-3||3.7 mg||Omega-3||1.8 mg||Omega-3||32.5 mg|
|Omega-6||13.2 mg||Omega-6||20.6 mg||Omega-6||114 mg|
A little bit about the ingredients
Ginger – Ginger has a vast array of benefits and has been researched extensively. Ginger is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic. It is also anti-inflammatory and can be very beneficial for those with chronic inflammation and inflammatory disorders; it has been shown to reduce pain causing prostaglandin levels in the body and inhibit inflammatory proteins. The recommended intake is 500 to 1000 milligrams a day. Studies have also shown Ginger to be as effective as Anti-inflammatory drugs. Ginger has also been shown to have a growth-inhibiting effect on tumours and even causing death to cancer cells. Furthermore Ginger has been shown to reduce blood glucose levels and LDL cholesterol.
Garlic – Like Ginger, Garlic also has many health benefits. Garlic is an anti-fungal and can be used to combat fungal infections like candida. The Active compound Ajoene is what gives Garlic its anti-fungal properties. Garlic contains anti-oxidants which prevent oxidative stress and can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s as well as other diseases. Garlic is also good for detoxifying heavy metals. It contains the compound sulphur which protects against heavy metal toxicity.
Turmeric – Turmeric has been researched extensively for its benefits in fighting cancer. To be more exact the compound Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric which has been shown to inhibit cancer growth. Curcumin is also anti-inflammatory and very good for chronic inflammation and inflammatory diseases. Turmeric is also an anti-oxidant. But Curcumin is not so easily absorbed into the body, research shows that by eating turmeric you only absorb about 3% of the Curcumin but if you boil it you can absorb up to 12%. This is one of the main reasons for consuming Turmeric as a Tea. Also consuming turmeric with pepper increases the amount of Curcumin absorbed by the body, to further increase the bioavailability of Curcumin you can add a teaspoon of coconut oil to your tea if you wish because Curcumin is fat soluble.
How to prepare
- Fine grate the ginger, garlic and turmeric into a pot
- Add 1 ¼ cups of water to the pot
- Bring the water to a simmer and then time for 10 minutes, but make sure not to boil the water (you don’t want to destroy the nutrients).
- After 10 minutes pour the tea into a cup. You can leave the grated pieces in for added benefit or sieve them out.
- Now add the pepper and honey and enjoy
You can have this tea a few times a day; make sure to not make a strong tea to start with. If you would like you can increase the strength of the tea over a period of time. It is essential to take care as ginger, garlic and turmeric in high dosages can be harsh on your stomach and liver, but having a few cups of this tea should be fine. Also garlic has blood thinning properties so it could cause problems if you are on medication. It is best to discuss with a medical professional first before making any changes to your diet.
[Note: This blog is only for informational purposes only. It is not medical advice or diagnosis. Please consult with a Health care practitioner before making any diet, nutritional changes or when starting a new fitness program.]