Health Benefits of Turmeric Tea
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Turmeric Tea, also known as Golden Milk has many health benefits. It has a delicious, soothing, earthy taste and a beautiful golden color. Turmeric has been known since ancient times for its healing properties and is a powerful spice with an impressive list of uses and benefits.
It is well known for its antioxidant content and its ability to work as an anti-inflammatory. This common culinary spice is prized in many cuisines around the world and with good reason.
Its golden color is what gives curry its distinctive golden yellow look and a full rounded flavor. Turmeric, the powder from a dried rhizome of the ginger family, is one of the main ingredients in a good curry.
So what are the wonderful things that Turmeric tea can do for you?
1. Weight loss
The best news is that turmeric’s active ingredient called curcumin; helps to keep the blood sugar level balanced and increase the functioning of the metabolism. This helps to maintain a healthy weight. Turmeric tea is also great as a body detoxifier and is especially beneficial for the liver. Losing weight and staying at a healthy weight is much easier with a healthy liver.
2. Turmeric tea is good for your heart
Research has shown that the curcumin in turmeric tea can help prevent arteries from hardening. It can even help reduce bad cholesterol levels from building up in the blood vessels. High cholesterol has been associated with heart problems including heart attacks and strokes. Some research has shown that the active ingredient in turmeric stops blood clots from forming on the artery walls. However, an excessive consumption of turmeric tea should not take place when taking medications for blood pressure.
3. Turmeric tea can help prevent some types of cancer.
Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and antioxidants are the housekeepers in the body helping to keep it clear of free radicals. We know that free radicals can damage cell membranes and have been known to cause cancer. Research is currently underway on proving turmeric’s cancer prevention properties, but it may even be effective in actually treating cancer.
This wonderful spice looks as though it might cure several types of cancer including prostate, breast skin and colon cancer. It has also been known to stop cancer spreading to other organs, as well as preventing cancer stem cells reforming after treatment.
4. Turmeric tea helps your digestive system
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric tea, stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile, as well as improving the digestion of fats and sugars. Turmeric has also been used in treating digestive problems.
Curcumin is also one of the active ingredients in an old much prized and effective folk remedy for digestion known as Swedish Bitters. Studies have shown that turmeric reduces symptoms of bloating and gas in people suffering from indigestion. It also helps to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestines, as well as relieving cramping from diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome.
As it acts as an anti-inflammatory, it can also help relieve the pain of hemorrhoids. Some studies have also proved that turmeric may help people with ulcerative colitis stay in remission.
5. Turmeric helps fight infections
With its known anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being a good antibacterial remedy, turmeric tea is an excellent soothing cure for sinus infections and sore throats.
6. Turmeric tea is especially good for women nearing menopause
Older women are more at risk of osteoarthritis. Because of turmeric’s ability to reduce inflammation, it can help lessen pain and swelling of osteoarthritis. It is traditionally used in the Ayurveda formula for osteoarthritis consisting of herbs and minerals, namely turmeric, winter cherry,
Boswellia and zinc and people using this formula has been proven to have less pain and disability. A soothing cup of turmeric tea a day can help keep the bone doctor away.
7. Turmeric tea is a wonderful anti-depressive
There have been some clinical trials to show that curcumin is just as effective as Prozac in treating depression. So other than being delicious and soothing turmeric tea is a proven comfort beverage.
8. Turmeric tea helps keep your eyes healthy
On a more medical not Retinitis pigmentosa is a group of degenerative eye diseases caused by genetic mutations that lead to blindness. Research has recently found that curcumin; the active ingredient in turmeric tea may successfully treat some forms of this. A recent study showed that curcumin successfully prevented the abnormal and damaging protein build-up.
During this research, it was found that the curcumin could cross over the blood-retinal barrier, which means that drinking the tea will permit the active ingredient to be absorbed into the retina without having to have anything injected into the eyes.
How to make Turmeric tea, also known as Golden Milk
Making Turmeric tea is easy and quick as many ingredients can be substituted for others.
There are three important things to remember: in order to reap the maximum health benefits, turmeric needs heat, fat to aid absorption and black pepper to activate it.
One can make a spicier version of basic golden milk with the addition of cinnamon, and even a sprinkle of cayenne pepper for added heat.
- Two cups of milk, any type of milk can be used, from organic cow milk to pecan milk, particularly good base is a mix of coconut milk with pecan milk
- One teaspoon of turmeric powder
- A pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- Half a teaspoon of cinnamon
- A quarter of a teaspoon of powdered ginger
- Some raw honey, blackstrap molasses or stevia to taste
- A pinch of cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
- A tablespoon of coconut oil
Combine ingredients in a small pan, and whisk until perfectly combined. Heat to almost boiling while whisking, pour into cups and enjoy.
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