In today’s world, we are always looking for new ways to add healthy food or supplements to our lives. One herb that is frequently used in Thai food and has a wealth of added health benefits is Galangal. It is known to be bitter, often described as having an earthy/citrus flavor with a kick, and is part of the ginger family. Galangal is native to Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia where it is used regularly in medicines, as well as a spice in many of the meals enjoyed in these countries and around the world.

Galangal oil is often prescribed by herbalists and homeopaths for its impressive health benefits, here are just 5 of them:

Anti-inflammatory Properties

There is research suggesting that galangal holds anti-inflammatory properties which can be great remedies for arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, aids in alleviating abdominal inflammation, and discomfort caused by ulcers.

Helps Digestion

Treating an upset stomach is one of the most common and oldest uses of Galangal, especially in Asian cultures. It also offers relief from hiccups, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Improves Cognitive Function

ACA, found in galangal root, is a property that may be responsible for cognitive-protecting effects. According to studies, it can also help reduce some forms of age-related brain degeneration. Looking for a way to fight depression naturally? A phytonutrient in galangal can also help suppress TNF-alpha activity. That’s one powerful herb!

Heals Burns

The juice in galangal, applied topically to the affected burned area, instantly provides relief for the discomfort and works to heal the burn. If you don’t have any juice, rub fresh galangal slices to the burnt area 3 to 4 times daily to reduce the scars.

Lower Your Cholesterol and Blood Lipid

Chinese researchers have found that galangal extract can help fight fatty-acid synthase from its flavonoids; kaempferol, quercetin, and galanin. While Korean researchers have proven galangal extract substantially reduces cholesterol as well as Triglyceride.

If you were looking for a reason to enjoy Thai food, now you have 5 more! When you are in the Arlington, VA area, come into Thaiphoon @ Pentagon Row and enjoy some delicious Thai food which also offers some amazing health benefits as well as amazing flavor. Come on in or call us to place an order to go at 703-413-8200.