I remember trying out this powerful anti inflammatory natural shot in 2011.
I came down with a nasty bug that kept me a few days in bed with a low grade temperature, aching bones and a never ending cold. Sometimes, despite our best efforts and a healthy diet, we need that extra boost, especially during the cold season.
So, according to mother nature’s medicine cabinet
I combined one of the most powerful anti inflammatory ingredient, turmeric, with one of the top anti bacterial foods, ginger
and a dash of coconut oil to better help the absorption of these important nutrients.
I took it every 3-4 hours until I felt better, which didn’t take long. I felt better almost immediately!
It is now my number 1 remedy when I feel I’m coming down with something.
Turmeric Flu Shot
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For this recipe I’m using my juice extractor.
1 inch fresh ginger root
1 inch fresh turmeric root
1 orange, peeled
1 tsp coconut oil
½ tsp Manuka honey*
Warm water as needed
**(because it contains honey it should not be used in children under the age of one)
Add all the ingredients, except the Manuka honey, the coconut oil and the water, in the extractor one at the time. When the juice is ready it will be very concentrated. Add 1 cup of warm filtered water to the juice. Stir the Manuka honey and the coconut oil. Drink immediately.
Nutritional properties & Links to studies
Turmeric, also known as Curcuma longa, is an ancient spice that has been used in Asia and especially in India for 2000 years. It is a very popular spice rich in beneficial properties.
Turmeric, or curcumin, its main medicinal compound, is a great source of iron and manganese. It is also a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fiber, copper and potassium.
Anti inflammatory properties
The most powerful aspect of curcumin is its anti-inflammatory effect. Inflammation, as we know, is the basis of many conditions today, such as ulcerative colitis, arthritis, high cholesterol levels and chronic pain. The Oncogene newspaper published the results of a study that evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that aspirin and ibuprofen compared to curcumin are less effective, while turmeric is one of the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds known.
Benefits of digestion
In another study on mice, curcuma was also used for its soothing properties on digestion. Protective effects on the stomach mucosa have been noted with strong contrast power to the acid solutions used to induce stomach ulcers. It has thus been observed that curcumin has protected the stomach cells and the damage has been very low [Link to study].
Curcumin has also been associated with the inhibition of endometrial cell growth by modulating oestrogen secretion [Link to study].
Ginger is one of the oldest and most widely used medicinal spices in the world.
This root is known not only for its digestive and anti-inflammatory properties, but it is also used to prevent colds, flu and nausea (if the fresh root flavour is too strong, you can try to use the powder instead of the fresh root).
This root also has strong antibacterial properties [Link to study] against metabolic acidosis.
Studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in fighting Escherichia coli, Staphylococcal and Candida albicans infections.
Anti-tumor properties, beneficial effects on vascular disorders, diabetes mellitus and gastrointestinal health
In addition, as noted in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine study titled “Anti-inflammatory Ginger Antioxidant Effects in Health and Physical Activity: An Up-to-Date Review of Evidence”, it is cited:
“Ginger anticancer potential is well-documented [Link to study] and its functional components such as gingerols and shogaols are the precious ingredients that can prevent different types of cancer, angiogenesis and metastasis, induction of apoptosis and inhibition of progression of the cell cycle. It also improves cardiovascular disorders, diabetes mellitus and gastrointestinal health. ”
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MANUKA HONEY IS ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE AND BENEFICIAL FORMS OF HONEY IN THE WORLD.
Raw, unfiltered honey contains many important nutrients such as amino acids, B vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc.
Manuka honey, however, contains higher amounts of enzymes. These enzymes create a natural hydrogen peroxide functioning as an antibacterial.
MANUKA HONEY HEALTH BENEFITS
Bacteria related disorders: SIBO, Low Stomach Acid, Acid Reflux
Manuka honey can be very beneficial at reducing reflux and help to heal stomach and intestinal imbalances.[Link to study]
Staph Infections (MRSA)
UK researchers from Cardiff Metropolitan University have discovered that Manuka honey is effective against the MRSA bacteria.
Anti inflammatory, protects colon and repair free radical damage.
This study [Link] shows that Manuka honey act as anti inflammatory in the colon, “in the inflammatory model of colitis, oral administration of Manuka honey 5 g/kg and Manuka honey 10 g/kg body weight significantly reduced the colonic inflammation”.
Research shows how Manuka stops the growth of sore throat-causing Strep bacteria [Link to study].