Turmeric is an essential part of Indian diet and is one of the most important spices grown in India. In recent times, various studies have shown that turmeric is loaded with several health benefits which are attributed to its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Turmeric has also been considered to heal cancers.
Recent studies have shown that turmeric contains an active ingredient called curcumin, which plays a vital role in preventing a host of age related ailments like Alzheimer’s disease, Cancer and Osteoarthritis. While there are several clinical trials which have proven the benefits of turmeric, the quantity of turmeric consumed in diet is not adequate to provide these benefits. Turmeric tea is considered to provide additional supply of curcumin, which can enhance the benefits of this miracle spice.
Turmeric tea is tea primarily composed of turmeric. The recommended dosage of turmeric in adults is about one to three grams, while curcumin (active ingredient of turmeric) can be consumed to a maximum of 1.5 grams in separate doses.
Health Benefits Of Turmeric Tea
Recent research reports and clinical trials have proven that turmeric has the potential to treat a host of chronic ailments. Here are some of the simple health benefits associated with consumption of the spice,
- Turmeric has anti-microbial and anti-septic properties which help in the treatment of a wide range of infections. External application of turmeric is considered useful to hasten the healing of cuts and burns.
- Turmeric tea when consumed in adequate quantities can help in prevention of breast and prostate cancer. It is also useful in treatment of skin cancer and childhood leukemia.
- Regular consumption of turmeric tea can help in improving digestion as turmeric is a carminative. It not only helps treat bloating and abdominal distention but also promotes the production of bile which helps digest fats easily.
- Turmeric is also recommended in a wide range of inflammatory disorders like Crohn’s disease and osteoarthritis, both of which are associated with localized inflammation in the organs.
- Latest study findings suggest that regular consumption of turmeric tea can aid in preventing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in elderly population.
How To Make Turmeric Tea?
Here are some simple tips that can help you brew a good quality turmeric tea which is palatable and also loaded with several health benefits,
- Boil four cups of water. Add one teaspoon of turmeric powder and allow the mixture to simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
- Strain the tea through a fine sieve and drink it warm.
- Turmeric is bitter to taste and hence occasionally you would be tempted to add sugar to it. Avoid sugar and instead use raw honey (which is also loaded with several health benefits).
- Additionally one can add a small quantity of freshly squeezed lemon juice to add flavor.
While one can experiment with the technique of brewing the tea, it is recommended to consume turmeric only within permissible limits. Also instead of using turmeric powder, organically grown turmeric roots are a better alternative, especially when they are fresh.