Benefits of Turmeric Chai
Benefits of Turmeric Chai
Originally from Asia, turmeric has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. With increased awareness of the health benefits of Turmeric, products containing the golden spice are more popular than ever.
How Does Turmeric Work?
Becoming a common complementary treatment for everything from hay fever to cancer, turmeric has developed a reputation for being a wonder spice. Turmeric products are typically made from the root of the plant (Latin name: Curcuma Longa) from the Ginger family. The active ingredient in Turmeric is Curcumin. This is what makes Turmeric such a sunny yellow colour. It is also a compound which is well known for being an anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant, and immune-boosting. Because we know that so many ailments & diseases are a result of inflammation, it’s a great addition to today's diet.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Turmeric?
There are many potential health benefits of Turmeric, whether you take a supplement, add some at mealtime, or in your daily cuppa. Below are some of the suggested ways Turmeric can have positive health effects.
Both the swelling & the pain that comes with arthritis is said to be eased by Turmeric. Improvement in inflammation is due to the Curcumin preventing certain molecules from creating inflammation.
The fact Turmeric has both anti-inflammatory & antioxidant properties means it helps fight viruses like colds & flu. By decreasing the number of unstable molecules called free radicals, Turmeric can help the immune system function better.
Turmeric has been used in India as a digestive aid for centuries. It has been shown to raise the mucus in the gastric wall, allowing the stomach to resist digestive acids. Turmeric can also help the colon in stimulating good bacteria growth.
Drugs taken long term by diabetics can cause liver damage. However, the properties of Turmeric shows potential in curbing the severity of this and other cell damage from the disease.
Increases Heart Health
Because chronic inflammation creates an increased risk in heart attack, Curcumin in Turmeric is proving to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Turmeric has also shown significant improvement in reducing bad cholesterol but improving the good cholesterol.
Ease IBS Pain
New studies have found that IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) can cause an inflammatory response in the body. This means that the anti-inflammatory properties of Turmeric could provide some sufferers with relief from certain symptoms.
Help Prevent Alzheimer's
Alzheimer’s is associated with neuroinflammation creating changes in the brain. Once again, Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties can go to work, along with the antioxidant effect, with the potential to slow the progression.
What are the benefits of Turmeric in Chai?
The primary benefit of a Turmeric Chai is the addition of pepper. It is said that the alkaloid, Piperine which is found in Black Pepper, can increase the absorption of Turmeric by up to 20 times. This means you can take less of the turmeric for you to enjoy more of the health benefits.
Other spices found in chai all have an array of health benefits. Cloves, Cinnamon & Ginger all aid with digestion. Cardamom, Cloves & Cinnamon are known to stimulate circulation. Fennel & Ginger both help to boost the immune system.
Then, of course, there is the tea itself, which is great for digestion, cholesterol, heart health and tastes great too!
*If you’re considering adding high doses of turmeric to your diet always consult with a doctor or primary care physician. It is always beneficial to err on the side of caution when making significant changes to your diet. All the information provided in this post is general in nature as more trials will be needed to verify the benefits.