Health Benefits Of Turmeric Tea
Turmeric, ‘the spice of life’, is one of our most popular Herbal Teas. Why? Because of the health benefits of Turmeric Tea. For thousands of years, Turmeric Tea benefits have boosted immune systems, lowered cholesterol, eased osteoarthritis and even enhanced cognitive function. We consider it a wonder-brew. Is it time you did, too? This article will answer the following questions:
- What is Turmeric Tea?
- Is Turmeric Tea good for you?
- Turmeric Tea for weight loss?
- Turmeric Tea for headaches?
- Turmeric Tea for coughs and colds?
- Turmeric Tea for inflammation?
- Where Can you Buy Turmeric Tea?
What is Turmeric Tea?
Turmeric Tea comes from the rhizomatous, herbaceous, perennial plant of the same name. This plant, botanically known as Curcuma longa, belongs to the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It originates from Southeast Asia, though has since spread as far as Queensland in Australia, Fiji and Hawaii. Its largest producer, however, is India.
The turmeric plant prefers warm, humid climates. When the conditions are right, it can grow up to a metre (3 feet) tall. It consists of long, aromatic, oval leaves and yellow or white flowers on a single stem. Nestled underground is the rhizome, better known as the root, which has a rough, pale-brown exterior.
When cut open, it boasts a bright orange or yellow colour. It's the root of the plant we use in the making of Turmeric Root Tea. When brewed, it has a sharp, earthy, bitter taste known to many as “liquid gold”. Some drink Turmeric Tea as a standalone beverage while others enjoy it as a Tea blend. Ingredients often found in such blends include ginger, chilli and mace. Another noteworthy brew that sometimes includes turmeric is Chai Tea.
History of Turmeric Tea
The history of Turmeric Tea may have started some 4,000 years ago, according to archaeological evidence unearthed in New Delhi, India. It later became an ingredient used in Indian Ayurvedic Medicine, which recommended the herb for a multitude of ailments. Milk boiled with turmeric, for example, became a common cold and flu remedy.
It still exists today, known as Golden Milk. Although no one knows with any certainty, some records suggest that turmeric arrived in China during the 8th Century CE. It could have then spread to East Africa by the 9th Century and West Africa by the 13th Century. By 1280, Marco Polo had noted the similarities between turmeric and saffron, particularly when dying cloth. For centuries, turmeric had a modest existence. American historian and writer Michael Castleman said:
“The ancient Greeks were well aware of turmeric, but unlike its close botanical relative, ginger, it never caught on in the West as either a culinary or medicinal herb. American chemists used turmeric paper, but not even the botanically orientated 19th Century Eclectic physicians had much use for turmeric itself, except to add color to medicinal ointments.”
This has started to change. Now, modern science has given Turmeric Tea the recognition it deserves. While it seemed underappreciated in the past, its future looks bright.
Turmeric Tea Health Benefits
Some 400 miles from mainland Japan is the Japanese island of Okinawa. Beautiful tropical scenery aside, the island is home to a people known to have the longest average lifespan in the world at 81.2 years. There is a multitude of factors contributing to this astounding statistic.
This includes the diet of the average Okinawan, which consists of a variety of vegetables, tropical fruits, grains and, indeed, Turmeric Tea. Coincidence? We think not. Turmeric Tea benefits can support everyday life in a plethora of ways. But how? The main reason is curcumin, a yellow pigment found within it. In 1815, scientists first isolated this constituent, not fully understanding its significance.
Nearly one hundred years later, in 1911, researchers were able to accurately map its chemical structure. We now know that curcumin is a naturally occurring chemical compound belonging to the curcuminoid family. Curcuminoids are polyphenolic antioxidants that can combat free radicals in the body. This can ultimately lead to a reduced risk of developing several chronic conditions, including heart disease and type-2 diabetes.
Research suggests that curcumin is 5 to 8 times more beneficial than Vitamin E. However, the problem lies in the fact that this compound, despite its extraordinary potential, is notoriously difficult to be absorbed into the bloodstream. To counter this, some add black pepper to their infusions, which can enhance its bioavailability by 2000%.
Vitamins and Antioxidants in Turmeric
But what exactly are the health benefits of Turmeric Tea? Most famous of all is its anti inflammatory response. It can also help you lose weight while supporting the immune system, relieving headaches, improving skin health and even reducing kidney stones.
Turmeric Tea for Inflammation
There are around 5,600 biomedical study reports about the anti inflammatory properties of Turmeric. Most famous of all is its ability to reduce inflammation in those living with rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain. Indeed, researchers have long contemplated the possibility that Turmeric Tea benefits are more efficient than non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). It’s important to note, however, that some evidence suggests that while Turmeric Tea benefits acute inflammation, it could lead to complications when used for chronic inflammation.
Side effects recorded include poor digestion, a weaker immune system and heart-related complaints. For this reason, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company advise a medical consultation before taking this Tea, or any Tea, for chronic inflammation. But how exactly does Turmeric, and specifically curcumin, reduce inflammation in those living with rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain?
According to studies, it happens on a molecular level. Curcumin can block NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nuclei of cells and turns on genes related to inflammation. Additionally, curcumin and gingerols work together to provide analgesic properties, which can relieve pain caused by inflammation. One study saw participants consume turmeric curcumin extract with gingerols extract daily. The results indicated that the 200-milligram treatment enabled participants to experience significantly less pain and increased mobility due to the properties of Turmeric.
Turmeric Tea Weight Loss
A 2009 study conducted at Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA, recognised that curcumin suppresses fat tissue growth in mice. As humans and animals alike gain weight, fat tissue expands when new blood vessels form. Analysis of the results indicates that the mice, after consuming curcumin, didn’t form these blood vessels, which in turn led to less weight gain. It’s worth noting, however, that this was strictly animal-based.
Another, although admittedly less studied way that Turmeric Tea benefits can help you to lose weight is due to its potential metabolism-boosting properties. If proven, this would mean that the health benefits of Turmeric Tea include boosting the metabolism of fat cells, thus enabling the body to burn fat quicker and more efficiently. We await further research on Turmeric Tea weight loss benefits before fully endorsing it for this purpose.
Coughs and Colds
Ayurveda has long used Golden Milk to treat coughs and colds. Even today, such practices hold up thanks to the health benefits of Turmeric Tea. This beverage has antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties that can not only support but boost the immune system.
This, in turn, wards off the common cold and symptoms associated with it. Some Turmeric Root Tea drinkers even use it to relieve nausea, similar to Ginger Tea. Better still, one study published in the 2009 edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases, suggests that Turmeric Tea benefits can also ward off the flu!
The research indicated that it could reduce viral replication by approximately 90% in laboratory cells infected with influenza (flu) varieties. The reason? The wonder that is curcumin.
Turmeric Tea for Headaches
The anti-inflammatory properties of Turmeric benefits can also alleviate headaches and migraines, according to various preliminary studies. Around four cups of this Herbal Tea a day might indeed do the trick, although it isn’t guaranteed. An Iranian study conducted in 2017 found that a combination of omega-3 fatty acids and curcumin reduced the production of the protein tumor necrosis factor (TNF).
This protein activates neurons, neuroinflammation and pain. Researchers suggested that taking this combination might lead to people having fewer migraines. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Turmeric Tea will have the same impact. We await further evidence.
Eczema and How Turmeric can Help
Eczema is a skin condition that leads to symptoms such as itching, lichenification, scaling, oedema and erythema. A 2015 Pakistani study discovered that 360 eczema patients treated with topical formulations containing turmeric experienced reduced itchiness, swelling and redness.
Despite typically being a chronic condition, these results suggest that Turmeric Tea benefits can at least support those living with eczema. Some health professionals, however, have noted complications concerning Turmeric Tea for eczema.
For this reason, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company strictly do not, at the present moment, endorse this Tea, or any Tea, for reducing symptoms associated with the condition. Nevertheless, we support ongoing research.
Where Can I Buy Turmeric Tea?
The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company stock several Turmeric Root Teas and Tea blends. If you’ve only recently opened your eyes to the world of Turmeric Tea benefits, we recommend our ever-popular Turmeric Root Tea. Every sip of this infusion boasts distinct earthy flavours and delicious herbaceous undertones. Indeed, it’s a great place to start.
Alternatively, we have our Turmeric and Ginger Tea. This is a blend, as the name suggests, of turmeric and ginger. It makes for a match made in heaven, a combination like no other. This bold and beneficial Herbal Tea has strong, spicy notes with every sip, leaving a satisfying tingling sensation on the palate after you’ve drained your cup. It also comes with Ginger Tea Benefits as well as Turmeric.
Another choice is Turmeric, Lemon and Ginger Tea. This particular blend contains not only earthy turmeric and zingy ginger, but also zesty lemon! Adding lemon creates a beautiful, complex flavour note somewhere between herbaceous and fruity. It suits the palates of many, including many here at our Kent-based factory. What more could you want from your cuppa?
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