Each of these ingredients has many health benefits and immune-boosting
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is known as
an anti-inflammatory agent, helping to relieve allergy symptoms
as well as arthritis (or any condition caused by excess inflammation).
It is also a powerful anti-oxidant, that can protect the body
from damage by toxins and free radicals. Curcumin also protects
platelets in the blood, improving circulation and protecting
As such, turmeric has been known to be a valuable digestive
aid, it helps those with arthritis and cardiovasular conditions,
it protects the body from bacterial infections (such as wounds),
and has been proven to fight skin and breast cancers in animal
To add more turmeric to your diet, try to eat curry (the
kind that includes turmeric) at least once a week.
Though foreign to most of us in the West, this relative of
ginger has many health benefits, and as such it is used extensively
in Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Galangal is
thought to be more beneficial than ginger in some ways, and
has been used around the world as a medicinal cure for a thousand
years or more. Hildegard von Bingen recorded its various medicinal
uses as early as the 11th century.
Galangal is known to alleviate abdominal discomfort and pain,
assist in digestion, remedy vomiting, cure hiccups, and treat
diarrhea. Like turmeric, galangal also has anti-inflamatory
properties that can help relieve arthritic pain.
This fragrant lemony herb is used extensively in Thai cooking.
It has also been used since ancient times in Chinese medicine
for the following conditions:
* flus and colds, which may be why Tom Yum Soup is so good
at relieving cold & flu symptoms
* abdominal pain and other stomach conditions
* fungal conditions
Want to learn how to buy, prepare, and cook with Lemongrass?
Check out my All About Lemongrass Guide.
In Thai cooking, coriander is used in two ways: in its seed
form, and as a fresh herb. In the West, coriander is also
known as "cilantro" or "Chinese parsley".
While fresh coriander has nutritional value, coriander seed
has been used since ancient times by healers in Greece, Rome,
the UK, China, and India for the following complaints:
* gastrointestinal trouble (including gas and bloating)
* digestive problems
* bacterial and fungal infections
* loss of appetite
CHILLIES(fresh or dried)
Recent human studies show that eating chillies helps you
sleep better, keeps your heart healthy, and help maintain
consistent insulin and glucose levels.
In recent years, coconut milk has somehow gotten a bad reputation
- unfairly. Yes, coconut milk and oil contain fat - but this
is good, not bad fat. Contrary to what you might believe,
coconut milk helps to lower bad cholesterol, while promoting
good cholesterol. It also has immune-boosting power, and offers
numerous other health benefits, including anti-aging.