“Onions, garlic and ginger are not spices; they are the trinity roots of life.”- Yogi Bhajan
These delicious and fantastic roots are essential to a healthy diet for cleaning, maintaining and generating energy in the body. Since ancient times, humans have been using these roots for their wonderful qualities; even nowadays, these foods are being researched all over the world. The root trinity are an integral part of a diet that promotes potent, healthy living.
The first root of the Root Trinity
Garlic has a long recorded history of being a very sacred and powerful herb. Ancient Egyptians swore by the bulb when taking a serious vow. Doctors at the time of the Roman empire, declared that it cured sixty-one ailments. As published in the Journal of Nutrition, Hypocrates, known as the father of western medicine, prescribed garlic as a remedy for many illnesses. Hippocrates promoted the use of garlic for the treatment of respiratory problems, parasites, poor digestion and fatigue.
Modern science has been supporting garlic’s wonderful healing properties. Garlic and garlic extracts have been used against gastrointestinal disorders, septic poisoning, typhus, cholera, bacterial infections and even cancer. Scientific research done by Russians have made garlic oil so popular that it is being called “Russian penicillin.” Garlic can increase and stimulate semen production, fundamental for sexual potency and healthy nerves. Today garlic is used to help prevent heart disease, including atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries ), high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and to boost the immune system.
The second root of the Root Trinity
The onion was considered by the Egyptians to be a symbol of the universe; the word onion is derived from the Latin word unus, meaning one. Through the centuries, onions and onion juice were recommended to cure earache, colds, fever, laryngitis, warts and cancer. Onions are said to purify and help the production of blood, as well as help keep blood sugar balanced. A study done by the University of Bern in Switzerland, showed that by eating one gram of onion per day during four weeks increased mineral content in bones. The data from the study suggests that onions have the potential to decrease the occurance of osteoporosis.
The third root of the Root Trinity
Men have used ginger for medicinal purposes since before the days of Rome. At one time ginger was so valuable, it was literally worth its weight in gold. Ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which improves the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, being able to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects. One of the most well known benefits of ginger is for treating nausea, especially related to motion sickness.
Knowing the benefits of each one of these roots it is easy to see how the combination of the three is almost a miracle food. These roots will streghten the immune system, clean the blood, control blood sugar and cholesterol, promote a healthy digestive system, sexual potency, healthy nerves and even prevent cancer. By having these roots in our diet you we can maintain good health that will last through time and old age.
- Food As Medicine: How to Use Diet, Vitamins, Juices, and Herbs for a Healthier, Happier and Longer Life By Dharma Singh Khalsa