Turmeric tea an orange-yellow tea that is slightly bitter with earthy notes. Turmeric is a flowering plant known as Curcuma longa, native to Southeastern Asia. And of the ginger family known as Zingiberaceae, the rhizomes of which are used for cooking. The rich yellow-orange color of turmeric is due to compounds called curcuminoids.
Turmeric has been used thousands of years as herbal medicine in China and Ayurveda. Turmeric tea has been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties, boost immunity, relieve pain, and ease digestion among other health benefits. Some of its other benefits include:
- Reduces arthritis symptoms: Turmeric tea contains a chemical called curcumin, an anti-inflammatory, which helps to reduce the most prominent symptoms of arthritis.
- Boosts immunity: Turmeric tea improves immune function with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial properties.
- Helps with weight loss: Studies have shown that Turmeric tea can help with metabolic disorders and significantly lower body mass index. It may also help reduce leptin, a hormone that regulates appetite and fat storage in the body.
How to drink Turmeric tea?
The rate of intake of turmeric tea largely depends on one’s health as advised by a nutritionist and the condition a person wants to treat.
It is important to use caution when deciding whether turmeric is something you need to try. As with any alternative therapy, speak with your doctor before you use turmeric to treat any health condition that you have.
How to Make Turmeric Tea?
Turmeric tea can be made using dried turmeric, turmeric powder or grated and ground turmeric. Fermented turmeric preparations, commonly sold as tea products, have higher concentrations of directly absorbable or biologically available curcumin
Below is a one-cup recipe for turmeric tea:
- 1 cup of water or milk
- 1 tsp of turmeric
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. of honey
- Boil water or milk.
- Add the other ingredients to the boiling liquid.
- Steep for 10 –15 minutes.
Your turmeric tea is ready to drink either hot or you could wait for it to cool a bit.