Turmeric Tea: Facts and Benefits

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Turmeric tea is a spiced tea which has built reputation for its healthy and rejuvenating qualities. Turmeric tea is made from boiled and grounded turmeric stocks. Taking turmeric tea brings with it a large number of benefits given the added nutritional content to the drink. Instead of relying on caffeine, turmeric’s key compound curcumin is the main compound in turmeric tea offering the wide range of healing and health properties to the drink. However, this tea contains several other nutrients which increase its health properties. Among the major nutrients in this powerful tea are;

  • Vitamins; Vitamins C, E, K, B-1, B-2, B-6
  • Essential mineral salts like Manganese, Iron, Fiber, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Calcium and Zinc.

Making turmeric tea

Turmeric tea can be made in different ways but you can still get the health benefits of turmeric. You can either make from scratch a cup from your home, or simply add a tablespoon of turmeric grounded powder to a cup of green or another herbal tea. There is also the option of buying packets of instant turmeric teas. For making it yourself from scratch at home there are several recipes but you can create a powerful strong cup of tea by simply powering boiling hot water over turmeric and allowing the mixture steep for 7-10 minutes. You can also add a number of ingredients to increase the absorption of the turmeric compounds as well as add flavour. Such ingredients include other herbs and spices like black pepper, whole milk and pastured butter. You can also use turmeric tea along with ginger for an even more powerful effects and rich aroma and taste. It’s recommended to take 2-3 cups of turmeric tea to avoid taking too much turmeric, and still have enough of it to be effective.

The benefits of turmeric tea

  1. Turmeric tea helps combat inflammation in the body

Turmeric anti-inflammatory properties make it useful for people struggling with body swelling, wounds and cancerous cells. It has proven useful for people with rheumatoid arthritis which is an inflammation of the joints and bone cartilage. It also quickens up healing of sores and cuts while its antibacterial properties work to reduce risk of infection. Turmeric tea contains enzyme inhibitors for COX-2 which is a naturally produced enzyme that facilitates swelling and pain in the occurrence of stimuli. This is a factor which also makes the tea a great cancer fighting agent as it inhibits growth of cancerous cells.

  1. Help in the management of Alzheimer’s

While Alzheimer’s cannot be reversed or treated, taking turmeric tea regularly can help manage and slow down its effects. This is because the turmeric content in the tea contains enzymatic blockers which block the substance responsible for the formation of plaques on the brain that leads to Alzheimer’s. It has also been found that turmeric can be helpful in the management of multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

  1. Weight loss

When used alongside other weight loss plans of exercise and good diet, turmeric tea can lead to great gains in weight loss. This is because it aids in the digestion process while also reducing chronic or low level inflammation caused by oxidized lipoproteins, uric acid, and glaciation and elevated blood sugar. This allows the body to function properly burning fats and food faster and leading to significant weight loss. 

Maggie Martin is Ph.D. in Cell Biology graduate. She is very passionate about healthy living and has been writing about Food and Healthy Lifestyles. When she is not busy, she takes interest in a variety of things such as lifestyle, food, health, herbal medicine, and the benefits of turmeric. Follow her on Twitter @Maggiemartink.

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