Turmeric has been used for 4,000 years to treat a plethora of diseases and conditions. Its active ingredient, curcumin, is believed to act as an antioxidant, neutralizing oxides produced during metabolism, and helping the body’s digestion of fat. Other health benefits include the prevention of certain cancers due to its high antioxidant activity and a reduction in the symptoms of arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Red ginseng is just one of many forms of ginseng and one of the most widely used forms. In addition to helping with sexual dysfunction, ginseng may have anti-cancer properties and boosts immunity and helps fight off viral infections. Although well tolerated by most people, ginseng can cause numerous side effects ranging from anxiety to vomiting.
Fenugreek provides a variety of vitamins, minerals, proteins, healthy fats and fiber. It has a hypoglycemic effect by mimicking insulin’s action of increasing glucose sensitivity. One study has even shown that subjects ingesting creatine with fenugreek experienced significant increases in bench press 1RM and lean mass after four weeks of strength training.
Garlic may well fight off vampires but garlic extract has been shown to prevent oxidation of bad cholesterol, a significant factor in atherosclerosis development. In addition, one study has shown that taking garlic during the winter months reduces the occurrence and duration of colds.
Green tea has been used as a natural immunity booster for thousands of years. It is packed with antioxidants called flavonoids. It is this substance found in plants that is thought to reduce the damage to cells in the body by fighting the build up of free radicals. The role of antioxidants is to interact with free-radicals and stop them from damaging cells. Flavoured green tea still has all the benefits and tastes significantly better!