The Benefits of Turmeric Tea
Turmeric is a spice that has its origins in Southeast Asia. It comes from the Curcuma longa plant. Turmeric is popular in Asia as both a spice for many culinary preparations as well as an herbal remedy. It is an extremely important part of Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese medicinal practices and has been used for hundreds of years to cure many illnesses. For those who aren’t used to strong South Asian curries and sauces with lots of turmeric in them, the best way to consume turmeric would be turmeric tea. It has a unique but delicate flavor that may take some getting used to at first. Turmeric tea has many proven health benefits. Turmeric tea can be found online, in health stores, or at any grocery stores. We recommend drinking a cup three to five times every week either in the morning or night to get maximum health benefits.
Turmeric tea contains antioxidants
Turmeric contains curcumin which is an active ingredient that gives turmeric its bright yellow coloring. The curcumin is what mainly contains all the health benefits in turmeric. It is known for its anti inflammatory properties and antioxidants. To name just a few health benefits derived from turmeric tea: it boosts the immune system, lowers cholesterol, reduces the likelihood of acquiring certain cancers, decreases mental aging and this reduces the chances of Alzheimer’s disease, and is also known to relieve arthritis symptoms. Studies have also shown that curcumin increases the production of bile and shields the liver cells from damage.
Turmeric tea is good for heart
Curcumin may also assist in reducing cardiovascular diseases. A study conducted in 2012 linked curcumin and a reduction of acquiring a myocardial infarction after surgery. The study had participants taking 4 grams of curcumin daily 3 days before and after a CABG (a type of heart surgery). Those who had taken the curcium had a 17% less chance of having a heart attack after the surgery compared to those who didn’t take the curcumin. Curcumin isn’t only useful for the cardiovascular system though. It also aids with many digestive problems and can help manage irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Turmeric tea is good for weight loss
For those trying to lose a little weight, turmeric tea is a great option to increase metabolism. As with any other diet food, turmeric tea alone won’t do much, but combined with proper diet and exercise, turmeric tea can definitely help boost your weight loss. Last but definitely not least, turmeric tea is also a great detoxifier. It boosts liver functions and also promotes sweating to help your body get rid of all those unwanted toxins.
After reading all the amazing health benefits, you may be wondering how to make turmeric tea. There are several recipes online so pick the one that suits your taste buds. As a general outline, to make turmeric tea: boil some water, add one or two tablespoons of turmeric powder (more or less depending on how strong you want it) and stir well, strain the tea, and add honey or any other ingredients you like in your tea to taste. We recommend starting off with small amounts of turmeric to start with and gradually increasing it. Although turmeric tea is safe for almost everyone, if you experience any side effects like stomach aches, stop use immediately and contact your primary doctor.
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