Turmeric Tea

While this is departing a little from the more traditional teas that I have been writing about, I am going to continue with another herbal tea; only this time it is turmeric tea. Turmeric is used in many dishes–it is a mainstay of many Indian curries for example–and it is also used in commercial preparations of mustard. However, its use is not as widespread as other spices or herbs; in fact Americans do not generally use it when preparing their foods very much at all. It is a shame, really, as recent studies have shown that it does have some rather spectacular benefits.

For example, did you know that elderly people in India have a far less chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease? This is attributed to the fact that one of the active ingredients in turmeric is curcumin, something that is supposed to be beneficial for many different maladies. In fact, the branch of Indian Ayurvedic medicine has long used turmeric in curing various diseases and illnesses. In light of this, clinical trials on humans have been conducted and though it should not be a surprise, they have revealed that there is a reason they are considered an important ingredient in Ayuryedic medicines. These studies showed that it may well be beneficial in treating people suffering not only from Alzheimer’s disease but also that it has antioxidant properties, anti tumor properties, and anti inflammatory properties. It is also possible that it has anti-depressive benefits as well as helping to alleviate stress and anxiety.

Of course, in order to benefit from turmeric one would have to consume it on a fairly regular basis. Not everyone loves a good, rich yellow curry and there is really a limit as to how much commercially prepared mustard one can eat on a regular basis. So, how can you adapt so that you can include this very healthy spice into your daily diet? As you may be aware, people living in Okinawa, Japan have been found to have the longest average life-span when compared to people from other countries and areas. Guess what is different about people in Okinawa? Probably quite a few things, however one interesting fact is that they drink a lot of turmeric tea Okinawa style. Some prepare it using fresh turmeric while others simply buy prepared turmeric tea powder from their local tea store. In this way, they are able to take in a large amount of curcumin on a daily basis, complete with its antioxidants which are well known for the part they play in slowing down aging. You can experience the same turmeric tea benefits as well fairly easily.

Preparing Turmeric Tea From Fresh Turmeric
This is probably the simplest turmeric tea recipe. All you need do is take a teaspoon of ground turmeric–just as you buy it from the spice section of your local supermarket–and add it to three cups of water. Let it simmer gently for around ten minutes then take it off the heat. Strain the liquid through a very fine strainer so you remove all of the powder from the tea, and enjoy your drink. You may want to add some honey or maple syrup to sweeten it, along with a dash of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Alternatively, other people like to add a little grated or powdered ginger to the mix while it is simmering. It can also be prepared using milk instead of water–though be careful not to boil the milk, just let it gradually heat up, till it is hot but not boiling.

There are quite a few other variations on recipes for preparing it so you can get the most benefits of turmeric tea. You can find quite a few suggestions for preparing it online; though basically you can prepare it in a number of different ways depending on your particular preferences.

Where to Buy Turmeric Tea
Obviously, if you are taking a trip to Okinawa you should be able to fairly easily pick up some tea there. But it can be a little difficult to locate good quality turmeric tea products online and at health stores. You do have to be careful, as some that is sold as ‘tea’ is merely repackaged turmeric which you could probably buy for a lot less money at your supermarket. If you cannot find any actual tea products you may want to look into buying turmeric or curcumin capsules instead. These are also helpful if you do not care for the taste of turmeric yet want to benefit from taking it. I was able to locate some turmeric tea bags, Yogi Joint Comfort, Herbal Tea Supplement, 16-Count Tea Bags (Pack of 6) online, as well as some Jarrow Formulas Curcumin 95, 500mg, 120 Capsules and Botanic Choice Turmeric, 500 mg, 90 Capsules (Pack of 5) all of which seem to be great products for those who do not wish to go to all the trouble of brewing up a cup of turmeric tea.

My Recommendation
In summary, I would recommend that you try to buy some organic turmeric, such as this Simply Organic Turmeric Root Ground Certified Organic, 0.53-Ounce Containers (Pack of 6) and make your own tea. You should be able to find a way to prepare it that is palatable and even enjoyable, by experimenting with some of the different recipes you can find online.

Alternatively, if you really cannot stomach the thought of drinking turmeric tea, you may want to look for some supplements that contain this ingredient. It has been well researched, and well documented that many of the claims made regarding the benefits of drinking turmeric tea (or taking turmeric supplements) are validated and well worth considering.

Simply Organic Turmeric Root Ground Certified Organic, 0.53-Ounce Containers (Pack of 6) Yogi Joint Comfort, Herbal Tea Supplement, 16-Count Tea Bags (Pack of 6)
Jarrow Formulas Curcumin 95, 500mg, 120 Capsules Botanic Choice Turmeric, 500 mg, 90 Capsules (Pack of 5)

Side Effects
As with any herbal or natural remedy, it is important to exercise caution regarding the amount of tea you drink. Some people have experienced nausea or diarrhea when drinking it. If you have circulatory system problems you may also want to be cautious with your intake and check with your doctor beforehand–it may increase the risk of bleeding, and it has been known to lower blood pressure too. Pregnant women are generally not encouraged to drink it either as it may stimulate the uterus. Finally, it apparently can cause your gall bladder to constrict; something which would end up being very painful if you have gallstones.

Don’t forget the other herbal teas either. When it comes to health benefits chamomile tea also has a lot to offer, as do many other different types of herbal teas. Hopefully I can highlight some others on site from time to time.

3 Responses to “Turmeric Tea”

  1. Chamomile Tea Benefits says:

    I love turmeric when its used as a spice in cooking but I never thought to use it for tea! I’m going to give this a try today. Thanks for the great read 🙂

  2. harry levett says:

    i have a query, regarding spelling. tumeric is the spelling i come across in geelong australia. is tumeric and turmeric different spelling for the same thing. or are they actually two differnt things ? keenly awaiting your response. harry.

  3. Robyn says:

    Harry, for years I spelled it tumeric. However, according to the dictionary the correct spelling is actually turmeric though you will often found it referred to using both spellings. 🙂

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