In the drinks sections of most health food stores, you'll typically find little bottles of juice 'shots' for different health purposes. A common combination you have probably seen is turmeric and ginger. I have to admit—the cute size and promise of health made me start buying them without even reading about what those ingredients are good for! So, if you're like me and went straight for the cute bottle, or if you're not like me and are curious to know the point of those little juice shots, keep reading to learn more about why we need turmeric and ginger!
Why Do We Need Turmeric?
Registered dietician nutritionist Anne Pesek Taylor, RDN, CD, explains that there are three different phytochemicals in turmeric, but curcumin is the one that we look to for the health benefits.
“Researchers have found that phytochemicals from natural foods, such as the curcumin found in turmeric, may be a safe and effective way to help reduce inflammation and prevent and treat disease. While acute inflammatory responses are beneficial for the body in that they help heal injury, irritation, or infection, we know that chronic inflammation can contribute to disease onset. There is promising research to support curcumin’s use for the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects on obesity, to reduce arthritis pain and swelling, and to aid in complications such as diabetic retinopathy, nephropathy, and cardiomyopathy.” —Anne Pesek Taylor
READ MORE: Benefits of Turmeric
Why Do We Need Ginger?
Ginger is packed with antioxidants, and Medical News Today lists several health benefits such as:
- Reducing gas and improving digestion
- Relieving nausea
- Easing a cold or the flu
- Relieving pain
- Reducing inflammation
- Supporting cardiovascular health
- Lowering cancer risk
READ MORE: Why is Ginger Good for You?
"The awesome, centering energy of golden turmeric root is enhanced by strengthening licorice root and zesty ginger in this Ayurveda inspired blend. Fragrant lemongrass and citrus peels create a lemon drop candy sweetness that balances the pungency of the roots. The combination of turmeric, ginger, lemon and honey is an ancient herbal recipe for longevity, stamina and balance."
"Turmeric Ginger is inspired by Ayurvedic herbal tonics for cough and cold season. It is our signature lemon-ginger blend, balancing soothing licorice root, spicy ginger, sweet orange zest and lively lemongrass in a remarkably aromatic infusion featuring turmeric- golden root related to ginger."
"Our Some Like it Spicy cold-pressed blast has a little bit of cayenne in it which both boosts turmeric's absorption and your taste buds. The drying and pulverizing process can destroy many of the nutrients that make turmeric great, so we only cold-press our juice from 100% organic, fresh, raw ingredients. Experience the benefits of this super-food, with no other additives and always pressed fresh. Our single-serving 2-ounce bottles are excellent for a quick boost in the morning, or a pick-me-up during your busy day. Just remember to keep them cool!"
"Combines the zesty flavor of chicken bone broth with organic ginger and fresh ground turmeric root for mouth-watering anti-inflammatory support. Calming, centering, and absolutely delicious. A natural source of collagen, glycine, and other beneficial nutrients. Never any antibiotics or hormones. Perfect for sipping and cooking."
"Dose yourself with turmeric- the most powerful anti-inflammatory food in the world- plus black pepper which increases turmeric's effects! Superfood spices bolster the body's natural defenses with their innate antiviral and antibacterial properties. Ginger provides a circulatory system boost for added immune support. Promote an alkaline body balance and stimulate healthy digestion. A balanced gut is the cornerstone of a healthy body."