Keep'er Fit

Gary Wallace

Benefits of turmeric and ginger

If you are looking to add a bit of spice to any of your dishes or shakes, then these two super spices are a must.

I add these two spices, especially turmeric, into most of my meals.

They are great in shakes and I do enjoy them sprinkled over my yoghurt, fruit, mixed nuts and granola.


Not only do they add that extra kick to all my dishes the come with some amazing health benefits Turmeric contains more than 300 antioxidants, which makes it a powerful healer.

Ginger is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.

These two come from the same family of spices so it’s no surprise that they have similar health benefits and make a great pairing to any dish.

Both Are Loaded with Antioxidants
One of the common benefits of ginger and turmeric, and reason enough to include them both in your diet, is their antioxidant content.

Antioxidants are like an army that search for free radicals (these contribute to ageing and cancer) and neutralise these commands to fight cellular damage.

May help in fighting cancer
According to a 1999 study published in the British Journal of Cancer, extracts of ginger and turmeric have been found to inhibit the growth of cancerous tumours.

In this study of human cancer cells, turmeric was found to completely inhibit further growth of cancer cells. Ginger was also found to inhibit tumour growth.


In 2006, an additional study by researchers at showed that ginger has further benefits for women suffering from ovarian cancer, as it kills ovarian cancer cells.

Reduce Inflammation
Nowadays our bodies are riddled with inflammation from what we eat and the stress we put ourselves through.

Both ginger and turmeric have anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that both these spices play a re role in reducing inflammation within the body.

Stomach Problems
Turmeric and ginger are used to treat different forms of stomach and digestion-related issues.

Ginger has been shown to be effective at reducing symptoms of nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy.

Turmeric may help reduce symptoms of indigestion, such as bloating and gas.

When researching turmeric, it is also recommended using black pepper as well.

Black pepper contains piperine, which has been shown to dramatically increase the absorption and effects of turmeric.

What have you got to lose? You aren’t going to lose out when adding these spices to your diet.

You can buy them in many forms and for convenience I take mine in powder form.

There is no preparation needed just add them to any dish and not only will you bring your meals alive your body will also be thanking you later.

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