I’m hearing a lot about turmeric these days. I’ve made sure I’ve started adding it to my food regularly (in particular curry dishes) as the list of health benefits is long! In Asian cultures, this is one of the most common ingredients in food dishes, but it is also used in ancient and modern medicine. If you’ve never heard of it, you may have heard of its other, less frequently used name, which is curcuma.
The list of turmeric tea health benefits is long. One of the main health benefits of turmeric tea is that it has incredible anti-inflammatory properties, combined with anti-cancer benefits. What’s more, scientific studies have shown that turmeric extract decreases beta-amyloid, which in plain language means that it helps with Alzheimer’s disease.
When it comes to arthritis, turmeric has recently been talked about a lot more. The power to decease inflammation comes from a chemical within Turmeric. This chemical is called curcumin.
All these benefits from adding turmeric to your food can be gotten from drinking it as a tea. In fact, some might argue that drinking the tea is more powerful, but this argument lacks evidence.
We’ve done some research and found very little evidence of turmeric side effects. People who are taking excessive amounts (over 1500 mg twice daily) have experienced side effects, but they have apparently not been directly linked to turmeric itself. Like with most things, moderation is the key to minimising side effects.
In case you’re still wondering about the power of this medicinal herb, we’ve done some additional research. We found 9,495 academic articles referencing Turmeric on PubMed. This clearly adds to the credibly of this herb, and makes us want to add it as part of our tea collection immediately.
How to Make Turmeric Tea
For best results, you might want to explore preparing your tea using freshly grated turmeric instead of ground turmeric, but results can be head with more convenient pre-prepared teas as well.
But as with anything, it’s easier to make something which you’ve seen prepared instead of just reading about it. So I found a video made by Dr. Andrew Weil, where he shows how you can easily prepare some turmeric tea yourself at home. You don’t need many ingredients, apart from some fresh water, turmeric obviously (fresh or ground), and for an added effect you can add some lemon and / or honey. You can then either drink it hot or cold with some ice (which is nice and refreshing in the hotter summer months). I prefer a nice hot cup of tea myself, but that one is up to you! Remember, if you’re new to herbal teas, the taste might be too strong, so dilute with water if that’s the case to make is easier to drink.
So whether you’re interested in a turmeric liver detox, losing weight, reducing inflammation or increasing the power of your immune system, you now know how to brew a turmeric tea yourself. Some of the benefits are scientifically proven, but as with many other natural herbal remedies, people trying it claim it helps. This sometimes is a good enough reason for us to try it ourselves.
Let me know in the comments below whether you like the taste of turmeric tea or not!