Turmeric is a bright orange-yellow spice mostly used in sauces and curries.
It comes from the turmeric root. This spice is being used for its antioxidant, medicinal, and anti-inflammatory properties for thousands of years.
Turmeric tea is one of the most popular forms of consuming turmeric. It has a unique flavor. The tea is also a great way to reap the following health benefits of turmeric.
1. Eases arthritis symptoms
Tea made from turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties that can help ease inflammation and swelling in people with arthritis. This reduces painful symptoms. Researchers found that an active compound in turmeric, called curcumin, was effective in reducing pain in patients with osteoarthritis.
2. Helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease
While researchers are still searching for what exactly causes Alzheimer’s disease, it seems that the curcumin found in turmeric may help prevent it. Turmeric’s antioxidants prevent damage that can lead to Alzheimer’s. Even more importantly, some research shows that turmeric can reduce synaptic marker loss and the accumulation of amyloids linked to Alzheimer’s development.
3. Helps prevent cancer
Turmeric tea’s many medicinal properties, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, could contribute to cancer prevention. The National Cancer Institute has recognized curcumin as a substance that may help prevent cancer.
4. Boosts the immune system
The medicinal properties in turmeric may help to boost the immune system, even in people with immune disorders. One study theorized that turmeric can moderate the immune system.
5. Lowers cholesterol
Lowering LDL or bad cholesterol can help in reducing the risk of developing some serious conditions, including heart disease and stroke. There is also evidence that turmeric is effective at doing this. For example, in 2009 a research found that a low dose of curcumin was associated with reduced LDL and total cholesterol levels.
6. Can help treat uveitis
Uveitis is an inflammation of the iris. Some early research has indicated that curcumin found in turmeric may actually be as effective of treatment as corticosteroids, but without the side effects.