Top 10 Health Benefits of Turmeric Tea

Health Benefits of Turmeric Tea

Most people are only familiar with turmeric in its commercially processed form, which is often a small container of ground spice that is a dark yellow to orange color. This is the way in which turmeric is traditionally used in its most popular application, Indian cuisine. But, turmeric is actually a plant that is related to ginger, and it’s actually an amazingly exotic looking plant, especially the plant’s central and layered parts that nestle amongst the center of the leaves. It’s the perhaps less attractive rhizome of the plant that is responsible for the purported health benefits of turmeric tea, and just as what’s used in cooking, tea preparation starts with the ground root (fresh, if at all possible).

Almond milk serves as an ideal base for a turmeric tea recipe, and the soothing sweetness of almond milk helps counteract turmeric’s spice and gentle heat. One cup of almond milk can be heated in the microwave and to it added half a teaspoon of turmeric, a teaspoon of cinnamon, a teaspoon of honey and just a pinch of ginger. As in this case, many herbal tea recipes that include turmeric also include sweetening agents because they nicely complement the spice’s mildly bitter taste. Many enjoy the spice’s unique flavors that make it one of the most popular culinary spices on the planet. Yet, others may perhaps be more interested in the numerous supposed health benefits of turmeric tea, a spice which may have medicinal applications dating further back than those involved in cooking, ten examples of which can be found here.

1. Osteoarthritis: It’s possible that the use of turmeric to battle various sources of inflammation has been explored for over four thousand years – back to the Siddha system of medicine. The active ingredient in turmeric that is likely responsible for the herb’s medicinal effects is called curcumin, and this particular compound has been associated with reducing inflammation, according to many studies. Most of the benefits of turmeric tea are attributed to curcumin, which has numerous supposed positive effects on health. In fact, one study concluded that in terms of treating osteoarthritis related pain, turmeric was nearly as effective as ibuprofen.

2. Upset Stomach: Most people wouldn’t associate a spice famous for use in curry with helping soothe an irritated stomach, however research points to evidence that suggests precisely that – that curcumin as is found in turmeric may help relieve stomach upset.

3. Stomach Ulcers: It’s now known that despite early beliefs, stomach ulcers are caused by a bacterium known as H. Pylori. Since ancient times, the benefits of turmeric tea have been thought to include antibacterial properties lending some credibility to this historic use. However, while modern research doesn’t completely discredit this use, there is evidence that turmeric is a less effective form of treatment than modern medicine for ulcers.

4. Alzheimer’s Disease: Despite years of research and trials, there is still a lot that modern physicians just don’t know or understand about degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. What is clear though is that some herbs like turmeric may be able to reduce some of the symptoms related to the condition. While much more work will need to be done to fully understand the benefits of turmeric tea in relation to Alzheimer’s disease, early and preliminary trials point to some promise.

5. Colon Cancer: The way that herbals affect both the development of and the treatment of certain types of cancers is fascinating to say the least. In the case of turmeric, some studies have found that regular ingestion of curcumin as is found in turmeric may reduce the risk of developing the disease, a phenomenon observed specifically in those at high risk for developing the disease.

6. Gum Disease: Can enjoying a delicious beverage help improve oral health? Perhaps, if the benefits of turmeric tea turn out to include gum disease prevention. Early studies have found that gingivitis prevention is possible when turmeric is used orally in a mouthwash type of application. It’s worth noting that while bacterial reduction has been observed, so far there has been no association made between turmeric and plaque formation.

7. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): It’s been suggested that IBS is one of the single biggest causes of missed work in the United States, even in otherwise healthy individuals. And, it’s in these people who have no other gastrointestinal problems that an herbal remedy may be all that’s needed for a lot of symptom relief. With regular use of turmeric, some with IBS has a reduced recurrence of symptoms over time.

8. Inflammation of the Eye: A lot of the benefits of turmeric tea are related to reducing painful inflammation, and this can and does sometimes occur in the middle part of the eye. Some small studies have found the condition (anterior uveitis) responds positively to curcumin through taking turmeric; further supporting the remedy’s use for multiple anti inflammatory ails.

9. Kidney Inflammation: Some research indicates that in cases of inflamed kidneys (lupus nephritis) daily turmeric may help to restore some kidney function. Another of the benefits of turmeric tea may be useful here as well, in the form of reduced blood pressure.

10. Diabetes Prevention: In people who have pre diabetes, (blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet classified as diabetes) studies have found that the benefits of turmeric tea may include prevention of the full blown form of the condition altogether when used over longer periods of time.