Ginger and Turmeric, Relatively Speaking

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As an avid natural health enthusiast myself, I have taken all manner of supplements every single day for well over fifteen years now.  Perhaps partly due to that practice, in that time, I have experienced very few health problems of any significance (I am neither especially young nor especially old; I fall somewhere vaguely in-between).

Admittedly, a great many of the supplements I have tried over the years are fairly transient among the overall assortment I ingest every day.  If I go through a bottle (containing 30 to 60 count, usually), and perceive no discernible benefit, I tend to feel I’ve given it enough of a chance and decline from replenishing my supply of whatever it might be.

However, there are a select few which I’ve always taken ever since I first decided to begin taking supplements so many years ago now. Among these which I deem so essential in their value and benefit to me is ginger. I take it in capsule form every day, and additionally, for minor disturbances like digestive unrest, I consume a strong ginger tea. I even keep the very nice instantized ginger and honey crystal packets presented by the Prince of Peace company in my car for any such “emergencies” which might occur when I am out and about (I swear these have saved the day more than once).

The list of ginger’s potential benefits goes on and on. I personally know its seemingly magical power to quell gastro-intestinal issues like indigestion and bloating, but it has been highly touted for ameliorating innumerable other health concerns — almost too many to even begin to list here. I’ve heard claims, including many scientifically substantiated, that ginger is useful for everything from general inflammation to even low testosterone.

When I think of ginger’s wide spectrum of beneficial aspects, I rather automatically tend to compare it to another well-known common aromatic spice, turmeric. And this comparison should really come as no surprise, since it turns out that taxonomically, in terms of the plant kingdom, ginger and turmeric are indeed quite closely related.

Though there are well over a hundred species in the Zingiber genus, household ginger is typically obtained from the root of Zingiber officinale. The Zingiber genus is classified under the family Zingiberaceae, and thereafter, in the tribe Zingibereae — the same tribe which contains Curcuma longa, a.k.a., turmeric.

More than one astute supplement manufacturer offers a combination of ginger and turmeric in capsule form, for greater convenience.  Vimerson Health provides a quality product of this type, as does Naturo Sciences; both of these additionally contain BioPerine, a patented black pepper complex which has been shown to significantly enhance the body’s uptake of turmeric and most any other nutrient as well.  The nutritional one-two punch of ginger and turmeric makes a lot of sense, as the two are so similar in their effects, and biochemically so analogous, that the two may well operate in synergy. Also, many people who have tried straight turmeric in supplement form have found that, beyond a certain dose, they experience some degree of intestinal protest. Since ginger would likely offset this undesirable effect, it seems a very logical pairing indeed.

We humans are very privileged to share the world with so many plant species which confer myriads of health-enhancing properties, with many more no doubt awaiting scientific discovery. And I personally find it fantastic that two very common household spices — the kin of ginger and turmeric — are becoming more and more established as magnificent titans in the arena of natural health enhancement.

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