If you have been brought up by eating homemade food, then you will surely be familiar with turmeric. Also known as ‘haldi’ in Hindi, turmeric is the most common spice used in Indian households. Having a warm taste with a touch of citrusy bitterness, this versatile ingredient is used to add flavor to many delicacies. But do you know that the pinch of turmeric in your food is not just to add that yellow glow but also for its potent health benefits? Turmeric is an herbal remedy used by Indians for thousands of years. You might know turmeric as commonly used in vegetables and other food items. What if you could make a tea out of this health-giving spice and gently sip it on a cold morning? A cup of turmeric tea every day is a great way to reap its health benefits. Here’s how turmeric tea works magic on your health.
02/7 Fights inflammation
You will be surprised to know that the anti-inflammatory power of turmeric is as effective as that of anti-inflammatory drugs. Sipping a cup of turmeric tea can actually relieve inflammation in all of its forms. It is the best option for people with arthritis. Curcumin, present in turmeric cures pain and aches in the body. It reduces inflammation by neutralizing free radicals and preventing oxidative stress.
Turmeric reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases as well as heart attacks and strokes. This is because turmeric is able to prevent the oxidation of LDL(bad) cholesterol and stops it from forming the plague in the arteries. This lowers blood pressure and keeps your heart healthy.
04/7Helps in weight loss
A cup of turmeric tea every day can help you get back in shape. Weight gain causes fat tissues to expand and as a consequence new blood vessels are formed. Consumption of turmeric suppresses the fat tissue growth and thus could help deal with obesity. You can choose to drink turmeric tea before exercise for increased metabolism.
05/7Helps prevent cancer
The medical properties of turmeric tea can also contribute to cancer prevention. The National Cancer Institute has recognized curcumin, a polyphenolic compound as an effective anti-carcinogen.
It is essential for the immune system to work properly. Our immune system is the force that prevents us from diseases and viruses. Drinking turmeric tea regularly helps in boosting the immunity because of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-viral properties.
07/7How to prepare turmeric tea?
Making a cup of turmeric tea at home is quite easy. All you need is turmeric powder and water. You can choose to buy organic turmeric powder from the supermarket or powder whole dry turmeric at home. Alternately, you can also grate fresh turmeric root. Here are the steps to follow.
Step 1: Add 1-2 spoons of turmeric powder to 4 cups of boiled water.
Step 2: Allow the mixture to simmer for around 10 minutes
Step 3: Sieve the tea into a cup and let it cool down a bit.
Isn’t it simple? Now you might be worried about the taste. It might not taste great, but you can sweeten it a bit by adding a teaspoon of honey