Turmeric is an age-old spice that has been renowned for its bright yellow color, distinct earthy flavor and numerous health benefits. Turmeric is an essential ingredient in ayurvedic medicine and recent research reveals that curcumin, the main component in turmeric, is the sole factor to its vibrant sunny color and has the ability to prevent many diseases.
While adding turmeric while cooking is a general practice in Asian families, turmeric tea is now gaining popularity across the globe. Turmeric tea can be made by using fresh turmeric roots of the plant or with turmeric powder made by drying and grounding the root.
Here are 5 reasons to drink turmeric tea.
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Builds Immunity
- Reduces heart damage
- Increases brain health
- Helps lose weight
Inflammation is a localized physical condition where an area of the body is reddened, swollen, hot, and often painful, due to injury or infection. Inflammation is often linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. Regular consumption of turmeric tea may assist in relieving symptoms and is often seen included in Ayurvedic medicine. Read more about Ceylon turmeric and its anti-inflammatory properties here.
The Curcumin property found in turmeric is an antimicrobial agent that reduces the replication of bacteria, viruses and bacteria which can guard the body from illness.
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of turmeric can assist in thinning blood, reducing cholesterol and preventing the narrowing of arteries that can cause cardiovascular conditions. It may also reduce the after-effects of existing heart damage.
Components in turmeric may help in improving memory and reduce changes in the brain
associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia. It is also said that a cup of turmeric tea helps in relieving depression and is an overall mood booster.
Turmeric tea can help people with metabolic disorders and assist in weight loss and the reduction of body mass index.
While the health benefits of consuming turmeric tea are manifold, it is important to note that its main component, curcumin, has low bioavailability. This is due to its low water solubility. However, bioavailability increases with black pepper as it contains piperine which also keeps turmeric compounds from being broken down during digestion allowing it to be retained in the body for longer.
The good news is that the Pure Turmeric Brew tea sachets available from Nature’s Rare are packed with organic Ceylon turmeric with the added component of organic black pepper which helps the body absorb the curcumin. Harvested from the island of Sri Lanka, this contains no preservatives or added sugar and is an excellent way to enjoy the benefits of turmeric.
Curcumin also binds well with fats, and it is best consumed with whole fat milk or dairy alternatives such as almond or coconut milk. So, a turmeric milk tea should definitely be in the cards for any health conscious consumer.
Best time to drink Turmeric Tea
Turmeric tea can be consumed any time during the day, however a cup consumed at night can be a great stress reliever and will help you relax after a hectic day.
Just pop a Pure Turmeric Brew sachet into a mug of hot water (not boiling hot, allow it to rest for 5 minutes before adding the bag), let it steep for a few minutes and enjoy with a dollop of organic honey for sweetness. Add a Nature’s Rare Pure Ginger Brew or Nature’s Rare Ceylon Cinnamon Brew sachet to the same brew to enjoy the ginger turmeric tea or cinnamon turmeric combo. Now sit back and enjoy a cup of goodness.