Ginger and Manuka Honey — Ginger is a spice popularly used in Asian cuisine and for medicinal purposes, while Manuka Honey has recently gained traction across the world with its proven health benefits. Together, they make a great tea infusion with benefits derived from both ingredients.
Ginger helps to promote a healthy heart, soothe an upset stomach, reduce menstrual cramps, prevents cold and flu, and is good for diabetes and cancer prevention.
This spicy-sweet beverage not only contains high levels of protein which aid in the digestive process but also promotes bile secretion which helps emulsify (break down) fat. The blend’s digestive properties hastens the digestion of food in the stomach through the improved absorption of nutrients.
Furthermore, the naturally mild laxative effects of ginger stimulates smooth bowel movements. Hence, one may find that ginger with manuka tea helps to relief discomfort, nausea and bloating caused by over-eating.
Therapy for Treatment Side Effects
Research have shown that anti-oxidant enzymes help to alleviate the side effects of cancer treatments. Ginger contains anti-oxidant enzymes, thus it could minimise the effects of nausea-inducing agent, cisplatin, in chemotherapy. The spice along with the calming effects of manuka honey make a great drink to ease vomiting and nausea for cancer patients.
Promotes Good Heart Health
Since ginger and manuka both contain antioxidants, regular consumption of ginger manuka tea helps to control the effects of prostaglandin in the body, which ensures smooth functionality of every organ in the body. Ginger and honey possibly can also release the tension in blood vessels, hence reducing blood pressure.
Furthermore, the amino acids, minerals and vitamins in the blend encourages good blood circulation. With ginger’s ability to promote breakdown of fat (as mentioned in 1. above), it prevents fatty lipids from clogging the arteries. As a result, the tea helps reduce the risk factor of heart diseases and strokes.
Who Should Avoid Ginger
While this tea has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, encourages good heart health and improves better health, the other properties of ginger could deem some not suitable for this drink.
For instance, those on blood clotting medication, the pregnant, those on diabetic medication, those with high blood pressure and those prime to gall stones. This is because ginger has been found to thin the blood somewhat and encourages the release of bile, which could adversely affect these groups of consumers.