ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Health Benefits of the Trinity Roots

Updated on February 4, 2014
Source

Origins

The combination of garlic, onion and ginger has been utilized in Indian cuisines for years; the three of these magical roots are seen as staples in Indian kitchens. Although they are used in this case for their delicious flavors, is there more to these three roots? Yes. In fact,consuming a diet rich in all three of them can lead to great health benefits!

Careful!

Garlic may cause certain interactions with various medicines and antibiotics, so make sure to exercise caution and check the labels of your medications!

Garlic

Garlic (Allium sativum) has been used by humans for more than 7000 years to date. Although it is known for its bitter, distinctive taste, as well as its tendency to cause bad breath and repel vampires (the chance was to good to pass up), it also happens to contain powerful medicinal properties, such as:

  • Antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties: garlic can prevent and control bacterial infections, as well as prevent food poisoning as it is thought kill Escherichia coli (commonly referred to as E. coli), Salmonella enteritidis, and other harmful bacteria. The antibacterial properties of garlic can be used to fight acne! Try rubbing a clove on a pimple for quicker results! The antiviral properties can help prevent sickness and the antifungal properties can be used to help cure things such as athlete's foot!
  • Anti-inflammatory properties: chronic inflammation is said to cause many health problems such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and many others. Although cutting things like processed foods and trans fats out of your diet would be one of the best ways to battle this, garlic can help as well! These anti-inflammatory properties can also help soothe psoriasis, help people loose weight (garlic is thought to have a fat cell regulating property) and even reduce allergy symptoms!
  • Protection against free-radicals: the antioxidants in garlic protect against free-radicals, substances that are known to cause harmful damage to the body and diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
  • Anti-clogging properties: the compounds of garlic can help prevent blood clots as well as the clogging of blood vessels and the hardening of the arteries.
  • Diabetes regulation: garlic can increase insulin release and help regulate sugar levels in diabetics.
  • Blood pressure regulation: garlic can help control blood pressure by indirectly dilating blood vessels and blocking angiotensin II, a protein that causes blood vessels to contract and increase blood pressure.

Source

Although in recent times many have claimed that onions will turn toxic if stored in the fridge, these claims are not 100% scientifically backed. Nevertheless, keep up to date with your research and keep an eye out for this one!

Source

Onion

Onions (Allium cepa) are thought to have been cultivated for food around the same time as garlic, roughly 7000 years ago. Onions are closely related to garlic so do not be surprised to see some of the same health benefits listed below:

  • Improved immune system: the flavanoids in onions provide immune system boosting properties.
  • Regulation of blood sugar levels: onions help modify blood sugar and help prevent and ward off diabetes.
  • Increase of good cholesterol (HDL), thining of blood (which helps prevent against blood clots), reduction in asthma and chronic bronchitis symptoms, hay fever, atherosclerosis and infections: quercitin, an antioxidant found in onions, has been boasted has providing all of these health benefits and possibly even more!
  • Destruction of free radicals: the antioxidant properties of onions help attack and destroy free radicals that can be the cause for stomach ulcers and which are also linked to many health problems including cancer.
  • Regulation of hormonal balances in the body and protection of the nerves: this occurs due to various compounds naturally found in onions.

Source

Ginger

Ginger is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale. Ginger cultivation is thought to have started in Asia more than 2000 years ago. Although it has many different uses, below are some of the health benefits:

  • Soothing effect: ginger is used frequently to help soothe upset stomachs, cramps, nausea and diarrhea. It also helps to break down phlegm and can help control cold symptoms.
  • Regulation of blood circulation: ginger contains many nutrients that help maintain blood circulation such as zinc, chromium and magnesium.
  • Improvement in nutrient absorption: ginger does this by stimulating enzyme secretion in the body, leading to more efficient digestion and therefore better absorption of nutrients.
  • Prevention of colon and ovarian cancers: ginger may slow the growth of cancer cells in the colon as well as in the ovaries.
  • Strengthens immune system: ginger helps increase immunity by battling bacterial infections.
  • Asthma reduction: ginger contains natural compounds that help reduce the symptoms of asthma.

Ginger Onion Garlic Paste Recipe

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • cecileportilla profile image

      Cecile Portilla 

      4 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      As was the theme of you hub, these items all have great health benefits. But you are correct. We should all endeavor to live healthy lives!

    • thecollegeway profile imageAUTHOR

      thecollegeway 

      4 years ago

      I think that the thing to take away from it all is that you should try your hardest to live a healthy lifestyle, but should always keep in mind that just because these types of things have health benefits does not mean that they are 100% guaranteed to work in the end. Sometimes things such as genetics can prove to cause diseases even in the healthiest lifestyles, so taking precautionary steps in your diet will, at times, only help reduce the chances of becoming ill!

    • cecileportilla profile image

      Cecile Portilla 

      4 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      Many people really believe that Garlic helps to decrease high blood pressure. I know several people who are using Garlic this way. It is also a very tasty seasoning for savory foods.

    • profile image

      mikesquid 

      4 years ago

      other day in a shop.. a woman said she has taking carlic pils all her life to prevent something ( i forgotten what it is) and that didn't had any effect because she got that sickness .

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)