Reprinted with the kind permission of Dr. Mercola
A close relative of ginger,1 the popularity of turmeric as a superfood has been snowballing throughout the years. This spice has been present since the ancient times, and was primarily utilized to combat different conditions brought on by inflammation. Nowadays, turmeric is available in the market in different forms and incorporated into numerous products, one of the most popular being turmeric tea.
Turmeric tea may be used to alleviate numerous body conditions and assist in the treatment of many others. To learn more about this tea, its benefits, nutrition facts and correct storage, continue reading this article.
What Is Turmeric Tea?
You’ve probably seen the bright yellow-orange powder during one of your trips to the grocery store. With its striking color, it’s hard to miss this spice. But there’s more to this yellow powder than meets the eye.
Turmeric, or golden spice, is one of the most beneficial spices in the culinary world, which may be credited to its astounding amounts of curcumin, its bioactive component. Studies have shown the different mechanisms that curcumin can influence, some of which directly affect disease prevention.2
This spice can be added to numerous recipes to boost both the flavor and the nutritional content, but one of the easiest ways to add turmeric into your diet is by brewing turmeric tea and drinking it once or twice a day. Turmeric is available in the market as fresh root, turmeric tea bags or as powder, all of which can be used to brew tea. You can opt to use fresh turmeric root to extract as much nutrients as you can.
The tea also has the same distinctive yellow hue as raw turmeric, and is reminiscent of orange juice. But even though they may look alike, the taste couldn’t possibly be any more different. Regular turmeric tea drinkers say that while raw turmeric tastes extremely bitter, turmeric tea tastes milder and is actually quite soothing.3
What Are the Potential Benefits of Turmeric Tea?
Aside from being a soothing drink, turmeric tea is loaded with numerous healthy components and nutrients. Drinking turmeric tea will provide you with a whole plethora of health benefits, some of which include:
• Helps alleviate swelling from arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. The curcumin in turmeric tea helps mitigate inflammation brought on by arthritis, thus helping to decrease the pain it brings.
• May help prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Curcumin has been observed to assist in neural stem cell growth, increasing it by as much as 80 percent. It also helps mitigate the inflammation in the brain, which usually accompanies Alzheimer's disease.
• May help reduce risk of cancer. Because of curcumin, turmeric is identified as an anti-carcinogen. Its ability to arrest the presence of inflammation throughout the body may help fight the development of cancer. Its antioxidant properties also help remove toxins and harmful components that may trigger the development of cancer cells.4
• Provides an immune system boost. Turmeric has the ability to strengthen your body's immunity against illnesses.5
Caffeine Content in Turmeric Tea
If you’re sensitive to caffeine, the good news is that turmeric tea does not contain any of it.6 People who have difficulties regulating their sleep pattern may also benefit from drinking this tea, with some claiming that drinking turmeric milk or golden milk before bedtime has been beneficial for both relaxation and promoting sleep.7
Here’s How You Can Make Your Own Turmeric Tea
If you want to reap the benefits of turmeric tea, here’s how you can brew it at home:8,9
Homemade Turmeric Tea
• 4 cups of water
• 1 teaspoon of grated turmeric root or turmeric powder
• Lemon, to taste
1. Boil 4 cups of water.
2. Reduce the heat and add 1 teaspoon of turmeric.
3. Let it simmer for 10 minutes.
4. Strain tea using a fine sieve.
5. Add lemon to taste and serve.
(Recipe from Turmeric for Health)
You can also try a tea combination of ginger and turmeric to benefit from the nutritional components of both of these roots. Here’s a recipe you can follow:
• 1 cup of water
• 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
• 1 teaspoon of turmeric
• 1 teaspoon of honey or lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon of black pepper
1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan.
2. Add the turmeric and ginger.
3. Bring the heat down and let simmer.
4. Steep the mixture for 10 to 15 minutes.
5. Strain the tea into a teapot.
6. Add black pepper, honey and lemon juice to taste.
(Adapted from Organic Facts)
How to Correctly Store Turmeric Tea
Turmeric tea is usually brewed using turmeric powder, which is made from ground dried turmeric root. The powder is widely available in the market today and may be bought from numerous grocery stores and health food shops. To correctly store turmeric powder without the risk of it clumping together or becoming stale, make sure that you keep it in an airtight container. Here are some tips you can follow to prolong the shelf life of your turmeric powder:10
• Store container in a cool, dark cupboard far from direct sunlight or any type of heat. Avoid placing turmeric on kitchen shelves directly above the stove or oven to avoid indirectly exposing it to heat.
• If bought in bulk, store your turmeric powder in a glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid. This will ensure that the powder won't lose its potency and flavor due to inadvertent exposure to air.
Side Effects of Turmeric Tea You Should Look Out For
While turmeric tea may help in disease prevention and maintenance of good health, it’s good to note that it can also cause detrimental side effects. These include the following:11
• Upset stomach. If taken in large amounts, some of the most common side effects of turmeric tea are stomachache, indigestion and gas. Consuming it for long periods of time may also cause ulcers because of it causes stomach acid to increase. If you notice that you're suffering from these side effects after drinking turmeric tea, consult your healthcare provider to lower your recommended amounts.
• Blood thinning. Turmeric has blood thinning properties, which may heighten your risk of bleeding. If you're currently on blood thinners or you're drinking other herbs with blood thinning capabilities, consider asking your doctor to be sure that adding turmeric into the mix is safe.
• Miscarriage. Pregnant women should avoid drinking turmeric tea as it may increase their risk of preterm birth or miscarriages. The curcumin content of turmeric has been observed to thin the lining of the uterus, which is dangerous for the unborn child.
If you’re planning on drinking turmeric tea or adding turmeric as a spice to your dishes, it’s highly recommended that you consult a physician before doing so. This will help you avoid endangering both you and your child.
Take a Sip of Turmeric Tea and Enjoy Its Many Benefits
As a spice, turmeric offers some of the most impressive health components, and the increasing availability of it in the market is making it easier for people to reap its benefits. Hence, it’s no surprise that turmeric tea offers the same health advantages. If you’re trying to live a healthier life, adding turmeric tea to your daily routine would be a great idea. Just make sure that you take all the factors into consideration to avoid its potential side effects.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Turmeric Tea
Q: Where can I buy turmeric tea?
A: You can buy turmeric from numerous grocery stores and online shops. The availability of this tea has been increasing in the market, as more and more people are finding out about turmeric's health benefits. Just make sure that you get certified organic turmeric tea that isn't loaded with pesticides, herbicides and other possible toxins used in conventional farming.12
Q: How often should I drink turmeric tea?
A: It's important to note that turmeric tea is a potent drink. It's best that you limit your intake to one cup each day to avoid suffering from its side effects. If you want to increase the frequency in which you drink this tea, make sure that you consult a medical practitioner.13
Q: Can I put plain turmeric powder in my tea?
A: Yes. People have been adding turmeric to their tea and even to their coffee to boost the nutrient content they can get. You can add also add it to milk and fruit smoothies.14
Q: Can I use fresh turmeric for brewing tea?
A: Some people note that using fresh turmeric gives you a stronger flavor. You can grate fresh turmeric and simmer it in water for a few minutes. Just make sure that you wear protective gloves, as fresh turmeric can stain your skin and clothes.15
Sources and References
1 LiveStrong, What are the Differences Between Ginger and Turmeric
2 Supplement Place, Curcumin: The Golden Ingredient in Turmeric
3 NutriInspector, What does Turmeric Taste Like? Is It Really Disgusting?
4 TheHeartySoul, How to Make the Most Powerful Anti-Cancer Turmeric Tea Ever
5 Rooted, 5 Health Benefits of Turmeric You Never Knew
6 United States Department of Agriculture, Spices, turmeric, ground
7 Asulia, Turmeric and Sleep
8 Turmeric for Health, How to Make Super Healthy Turmeric Tea!
8 Organic Facts, Turmeric Ginger Tea: Benefits, How To Make & Side Effects
10 StillTasty, Turmeric, Ground, Dried, Commercially Bottled or Purchased in Bulk
11 LiveStrong.com, Side Effects of the Curcumin in Turmeric
12 TheHeartySoul, Some Turmeric is Full of Pesticides and Radiation
13 Organic Facts, Turmeric Ginger Tea: Benefits, How to Make & Side Effects
14 PaleoHacks, 37 Ways to Drink Turmeric
15 VeganRicha, Ginger Turmeric Root Tea
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