Turmeric is one of the hottest properties in the supplement industry right now. It’s cheap, it’s abundant, and it’s one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients in the world. And all of this in a simple spice that has been at the heart of Indian cooking for thousands of years.
One of the best ways to consume this substance is via turmeric tea. If done right, this can be a creamy, super-tasty tea that is both delicious and healthy. It’s something that can detox you, provide you with a host of health benefits and trigger very few—if any—side effects. So, let’s take a look at many health benefits of turmeric tea, including tips on how to brew it yourself.
How to Detox with Turmeric Tea
To detox with turmeric you just need to consume regular amounts of it. If you can consume varying concentrations and types, even better. One of the best ways to get plenty of turmeric into your system for a detox is to drink one or two cups of turmeric tea a day, add a little sprinkle to a smoothie and take a small tablet.
There are several reasons for this. Firstly, most of the turmeric health benefits we will discuss in this article were conducted on large quantities of the spice. We also know that large amounts of turmeric is consumed every day by people in India and considering they have some of the lowest rates of the cancers and inflammatory disorders that we know turmeric can prevent, it’s always good to follow their example.
Finally, and most importantly, it’s very well tolerated in large amounts. However, we would still recommend that you build your way up to large doses and not dive into a huge amount straight away, especially if you’re not used to consuming turmeric on its own and you don’t eat a lot of curries or spiced food. That way, if it does begin to interfere with your digestion, triggering nausea, reflux and other uncomfortable conditions, then you can find a lower, more comfortable dose or stop it altogether.
What are the Health Benefits of Turmeric
There are many proven benefits of turmeric. These have been known to the population of India for many years, but only in recent years has the rest of the world realized that they were onto something.
The healthy properties of turmeric lie within a compound called curcumin. This is one of the many compounds found in turmeric, but it’s the healthiest and it’s also the most abundant. One of the most notable benefits of this compound is its anti-inflammatory effects. In fact, according to one study, the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin are said to rival anti-inflammatory drugs. That doesn’t mean you should stop using NSAIDs in favor of turmeric, but it does mean that an addition of turmeric in your diet could help you with whatever issues you are taking those harmful drugs for in the first place.
As you probably know, inflammation is at the root of many major illnesses. By reducing inflammation and keeping it low then you can drastically reduce your chance of developing many major illnesses, thus extending your life considerably.
Most forms of cancer can result from constant inflammation, but this is not the only reason that curcumin is listed as an anti-cancer drug. It is also a potent antioxidant, which means it can eliminate cancer-causing free radicals in your body, thus reducing cancer, and according to some studies, even preventing some forms of the disease.
The health benefits of this miraculous compound don’t end there either. It has been linked to an increased cognitive function and a reduction in many brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s and dementia. It isn’t entirely clear how it is able to do this, but in some cases it is believed to be the result of turmeric’s ability to reduce a specific hormone that has been linked to brain diseases like Alzheimer’s.
How to Make Turmeric Tea
One of the most important things to consider when consuming turmeric in any form is that it needs to be taken along with black pepper. This small addition can make a huge difference as the compound piperine, which is found in black pepper, helps turmeric absorption by as much as 3,000%. Without it, very little of the turmeric you consume will actually be absorbed and most of it will be wasted.
It may not sound like an appealing addition to your tea, but you don’t need a lot of it and if used right it actually helps to add a pinch of heat and to bring the turmeric tea to life.
To make the tea, you just need to boil some fresh turmeric root in water for between 10 and 15 minutes, add a little honey to sweeten it and then drink. It really is that simple. If you want a super creamy latte-type drink then you can add it to frothed milk instead of water. You can also simply froth some milk and add it to the top of your turmeric tea, making it that little bit creamier.
Sugar can also be added and there are other ways to sweeten the drink as well. If you’re used to consuming teas and coffees without any sweetener at all then you will like be okay drinking turmeric tea without any additives. It doesn’t have the best taste in the world, but it’s certainly not unpleasant and has a spicy kick.
You can also add spices like ginger and licorice root to give it that little bit more of a kick. And whatever you do, don’t forget at least a little pinch of black pepper, otherwise a lot of that healthy turmeric could be going to waste. The same goes for turmeric pills—these can be a great way to get an extra dose of turmeric, but make sure they contain black pepper.