Turmeric is the root stalk of a tropical plant that's part of the ginger family. It is a bright yellow-orange spice commonly used in curries and sauces. One of the main components of the spice is a substance called curcumin, it has been used for its medicinal, anti-oxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties for many years.
Turmeric tea is one popular form of consuming turmeric. It is also a great way of getting the following benefits of turmeric.
1. Reduces The Risk Of Cancer
Turmeric tea's medicinal properties including anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties could contribute in preventing cancer growth. The National Cancer Institute has recognized curcumin as an effective anti-carcinogen.
2. Relieves Arthritis
Turmeric's anti-inflammatory properties are great for treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It reduces painful symptoms, helps ease inflammation and swelling. In addition, the anti-oxidant properties of turmeric destroys free radicals in the body that damage cells.
3. Lowers Cholesterol
Curcumin in turmeric reduces LDL (or "bad cholesterol). It reduces the risk of developing some serious conditions, including heart disease and stroke. It prevents blood clots and build-ups in your arteries ensuring a healthy heart.
4. Boosts Immune System
Lipopolysaccharide, a substance found in turmeric helps stimulate the body's defense against cough, flu and colds. Its antibacterial, antiviral and antifugal properties also help strengthen the immune system. If you do get a cough or cold, try mixing one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and drink it once a day.
5. Prevents Liver Damage
Curcumin may help in the fight against liver damage. It seems to delay the onset of cirrhosis, a typical result of alcoholism and hepatitis. It also boosts anti-oxidant defenses which helps the liver detoxify.
Make Turmeric Tea At Home By Following These Steps:
1. Boil 3 to 4 cups of water on the stove
2 Add 2 teaspoons of turmeric and stir.
3. Let it simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
4. Strain the tea into a another container
5. Add in honey or freshly squeezed lemon to taste.
Anyone can benefit from drinking turmeric tea, especially because it can boost the immune system and act as an anti-cancer agent. It is generally safe as long as you consume it in moderation. However, people who have diabetes or who take blood thinners should seek medical advise first before trying any turmeric supplement.