Almost anyone can benefit from drinking turmeric chai tea, especially due to its ability to boost the immune system and act as an anticancer agent. People with pain caused by inflammation can benefit the most. The wonderous tea is also known to help boost life longevity. How?
Studies have suggested that turmeric and turmeric chai tea have broad anti-inflammatory and other anti-cancer benefits.
An island nation known to have the world's longest average life span of 81.2 years are big fans of turmeric tea.
Okinawans drink copious quantities of the tea and could suggest their tea habit could influence their life longevity.
What is turmeric chai tea?
Chai tea is a sweet and spicy tea renowned for its fragrant aroma.
Chai tea is made from a combination of black tea, turmeric, and other spices.
Unlike regular tea, which is brewed with water, chai tea is traditionally brewed using both warm water and warm milk and can be sweetened to varying degrees.
Chai lattes are another popular way to consume the tea and people make these by adding a shot of chai tea concentrate to steamed milk.
Medical News Today said: "Curcumin has low bioavailability, which means the body has a hard time accessing and absorbing the compound.
"Turmeric chai tea, brewed using grated turmeric root or pure powder, is considered one of the most effective ways to consume the spice.
"Based on available research, the suggested daily intake depends largely on the condition it is being used to treat.
"Most research in adults supports the safe use of 400 to 600 mg of pure turmeric powder three times daily. Grating the turmeric, yourself is the best way to ensure a pure product."
Turmeric is used in Ayurvedic medicine and its active ingredient, curcumin has strong antioxidant properties essential for cell function.
Studies have shown that diets rich in antioxidants may help lower the risk of infections and disease.
Turmeric and curcumin are known to help with reducing cardiovascular complications, prevent and treat cancers and help and prevent type 2 diabetes.
Helps with liver damage
In a study with the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, turmeric extract and its active compound, curcumin and how it can help with liver damage was investigated.
The study noted: "Curcumin, a major active component of turmeric, has previously been reported to alleviate liver damage.
"We hypothesized that turmeric extract and curcumin protect the liver by reducing oxidative stress, inhibiting lipid peroxidation."
The study found that curcumin can protect against liver damage and that potential liver and gallbladder benefits of curcumin include increasing production of the digestive fluid bile while also protecting liver cells from damage from bile-associated chemicals.