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Turmeric Tea Health Benefits

Turmeric Tea Health Benefits

 

What exactly is turmeric? It’s part of the ginger family and considered a natural botanical compound. The roots are traditionally boiled, dried and ground into a powder. The plant grows to 5-6 feet tall in the tropical regions of Southern Asia with trumpet shaped, yellow flowers.

Turmeric has been used in India for 4,000 years and is a major part of Ayurvedic medicine, which originated in India more than 3,000 years ago and remains one of the country’s traditional health care systems. Its concepts about health and disease promote the use of herbal compounds, special diets, and other unique health practices.

The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in turmeric are mainly attributed to its most active component, Curcumin. This compound is also what gives turmeric is yellow-orange color. 

 

  1. Heart Disease:  Because Curcumin helps stops platelets from clumping together and forming blood clots, turmeric may help blood clots from building up in the arteries. Early studies have suggested that turmeric may prevent atherosclerosis, which is caused by plaque buildup that can cause heart attacks or stroke.

  2. Brain Health: A recent study suggests that Curcumin contains a brain boosting chemical could help slow the progressions of Alzheimer’s by helping hippocampal brain cells grow.  Taking turmeric as a component in an anti-inflammatory diet, can help prevent the risk of Alzheimer’s.  

  3. Cancer:  It has been suggested by early research that Curcumin may help prevent or treat several types of cancers, including prostate, breast, skin and colon cancer. More research is needed to determine whether this is due to its strong antioxidant properties which protect cells from damage.

  4. Indigestion: Studies have found that turmeric reduced symptoms of bloating and gas in people suffering from indigestion. It has been prescribed in Germany as an approved herb to treat digestive issues.

  5. Osteoarthritis: Researchers believe that the anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric can help people with the pain and disability of arthritis. When combined with other herbs such as winter cherry, boswelia and zinc, less pain was reported.

  6. Uveitis: In a study of people with chronic anterior uveitis, an inflammation of the eye’s iris, Curcumin was just as effective as prescribed medication of corticosteroids.

  7. Bacterial and Viral Infections: Turmeric has been shown to kill bacteria and viruses but researchers need to do more studies of this to determine how effective it would be in people. Some apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, bruising, soreness inside the mouth and infected wounds.

  8. Fat Metabolism and Weight Management: While studies are still preliminary, researchers at Tufts University believe turmeric may help prevent weight gain by blocking absorption of fat.

  9. Anti-Depressant:  In Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is used as an anti-depressant.

 

Pahadi Turmeric Tea

 Main Ingredients: Turmeric, Holy Basil, Basil leaves, Ginger, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Cloves, and Almond slices. 

How To Make The Best Iced Tea?

 

Pahadi Tea recommends that you use loose leaf tea for iced tea.

 

Why use loose leaf tea for iced tea

 There are a few reasons why you should consider switching to loose leaf tea for making iced tea:

 

It tastes better: Loose leaf tea is higher quality than most tea bags. Tea bags use fannings and dust, the leftover bits of tea once the good stuff is used.

 

More Variety: When you buy tea bags, you’re limited to a few selections. With loose leaf tea, you have a wider selection. Plus you can blend teas yourself to make you own specialty

 

More affordable: Given the same quality ingredients, loose leaf tea is more affordable than its bagged counterpart.

 

 

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST ICED TEA

1.      Use fresh tea. Look for fresh tea, because the oils that give teas their flavor break down over time. Opt for loose tea rather than tea bags, as tea leaves need room to expand to release their flavors. Look for brands that list the region where the tea comes from so you know exactly what you’re getting.

 

2.      Start with spring or filtered tap water. Mineral water contains too many minerals that can create off-flavors when they come in contact with compounds in the tea leaves, and mineral-free distilled water produces a flat-tasting brew.

 

3.     Turn up (or down) the heat. Use boiling water (212°F) to brew black, herbal and darker-colored oolong teas. But use cooler water (170° to 180°F) to brew green, white and lighter oolongs teas. Brewing teas that need cooler temps with boiling water can result in bitter or astringent flavors.

 

4.      Use just enough tea. Use 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons per cup of water when brewing teas with bigger leaves or flowers, like green tea or chamomile, and 1 teaspoon per cup for teas with denser, compact leaves, such as most black teas. If you want to make iced tea and don’t have time for the tea to cool down, brew it double-strength to compensate for the resulting water from melting ice cubes. Or cool it to room temperature and refrigerate until cold.

 

5.      Steep long enough to release flavors, but not so long that tannins and other bitter-tasting compounds dominate. Heartier teas, like black teas and darker oolongs, should steep for 3 to 5 minutes, while green, white and lighter oolong teas need just 2 to 3 minutes. Herbal tisanes and infusions have fewer tannins, so there’s less risk of oversteeping.

 

 

Tea Health Tip: Regardless of the variety of tea you brew, maximize the power of its flavonoids by drinking it freshly brewed. If you want to keep a batch of cold tea in your refrigerator, “add a little lemon juice,” recommends Jeffrey Blumberg, Ph.D., director of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston. The citric acid and vitamin C in that squeeze of lemon—or lime or orange—help preserve the flavonoids.

Your Body a Temple !

Your body is a temple. What you do with it and how you take care of it can directly relate to how you feel inside and out each and every day. So what can you do to help cleanse and ease this hard-working body of yours? Practicing the art of yoga and drinking soothing tea are two great things to do! That is why Sedona Yoga and Pahadi Tea have partnered together for the Sedona Yoga Festival to help your body feel as amazing as it should!

 

How does doing yoga and drinking tea relate, you ask? Both yoga and tea focus on some core necessities of the body. Yoga can lift your spirit, ease your mind, and help you recover from a long day of work. Tea can soothe your insides, elevate your energy, and on top of that, it tastes great! 

 

Yoga and Pahadi Tea both incorporate strong Indian traditions, as well. The tea sold by Pahadi Tea comes directly from the beautiful hills of Northeast India. The tea is made only from natural and fresh ingredients made by Mother Earth. When you drink Pahadi Tea, you not only receive a delicious tasting warm beverage, as you also receive the incredible energy that comes from drinking pure, organic, and natural flavors that elevate your health. Yoga, much like Pahadi Tea, focuses on you, your body, and your spiritual nature. Participating in this event can strengthen your inner consciousness and unlock your mind, body, and soul in order to receive the positivity you deserve. 

 

If you want to try something new, try practicing the art of Yoga, as well as trying out Pahadi Tea’s new products. Maharaja Chai Tea, which is an exotic flavor of herbs, fruit mélange, and spices. It has the typical spicy chai taste with a sweet apple flavor that blends together perfectly. As with everything Pahadi Tea sells, it is all natural and handpicked from Northeast India. Some of the spices that Maharaja Chai Tea incorporates include chamomile flowers, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, apple bits, and more. Ayurvedic Tea is another new product that brings to you a delicious and healthy way to cleanse your body. It can assist you with your digestive system and help ease your anxiety. You cannot spell health without heal, so the first step to getting good health is to heal your body.

 

Trying out our different teas, such as the ones mentioned above, and practicing yoga regularly can greatly benefit your life each day. 

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