Turmeric Tea Benefits, Preparation, and Questions
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric (pronounced ‘Tur-Mr-Uhk) is a spice with incredible health benefits and a long history. Turmeric, unsurprisingly, comes from the turmeric plant. Interestingly enough, this plant is in the same family as another powerful tea ingredient: ginger!
Turmeric’s use dates back over 4,000 years. Historically Turmeric was used as a spice in cooking, medicine for the sick, and as a component in religious ceremonies. To this day, there are traditions in both the Hindu and Buddhist faiths that include Turmeric. Turmeric powders’ yellow color is also used to dye clothing.
One of the main reasons that Turmeric is so good for your health is because it contains the compound curcumin. Turmeric Curcumin is great for fighting inflammation, reducing cancer risk, increasing brain health, and more!
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Health Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric Tea has many health benefits. It may ease the symptoms of countless diseases, including arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and cancer in some. Turmeric Tea may also help boost the immune system, lower cholesterol, and prevent ulcers.
Individuals found turmeric also helps reduce inflammation throughout the body, a significant cause of many illnesses. See below for other health benefits of Turmeric Tea.
Turmeric tea is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants can help neutralize free radicals in the body. Free radicals are molecular species that can exist inside our cells’ nucleus. They are known to attack macromolecules and can cause severe cellular damage. The antioxidants in turmeric tea help prevent our body from producing free radicals and minimize the damage they may cause.
High levels of oxidative stress cause high cholesterol. Oxidative stress occurs when your body is overrun with free radicals and is unable to break them down. The antioxidants in turmeric tea reduce your oxidative stress and positively impacts your cholesterol by lowering your LDL (bad cholesterol).
Helps With Inflammation
Turmeric contains Curcumin, a compound that decreases inflammation in the body. Inflammation is the source of several dangerous diseases. Inflammation can also exacerbate weight gain and cause discomfort. Curcumin will help fight inflammation and may decrease your risk of disease.
Arthritis is another disease that is exacerbated by inflammation. Turmeric reduces this inflammation and can relieve some of the painful symptoms of arthritis. It can also decrease swelling and may even help with osteoarthritis pain.
Curcumin can also be effective at helping you fight cancer. Some researchers hypothesize that it can reduce a cancer patient’s risk of metastasis. Metastasis is the process by which cancer cells spread from one part of the body to another. Drinking turmeric tea might prevent cancer cells from spreading and help keep cancer under control.
Inflammation and oxidation can also cause heart disease. Because turmeric tea is an excellent source of antioxidants, it reduces the prevalence of both inflammation and oxidation, making your heart stay healthier, longer.
Promotes Brain Health
Turmeric Tea may also help prevent dangerous brain diseases. Some research has demonstrated that the compound Curcumin can help reduce the synaptic marker loss and the build-up of amyloids linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Curcumin is also useful in warding off strokes.
And lastly, Turmeric can help lower blood sugar and has even been known to reverse insulin resistance in some. Curcumin, which does a lot in this tea, is also capable of keeping blood sugar levels in balance. Some people have even considered using Turmeric as an alternative to traditional diabetes treatments.
What Does Turmeric Tea Taste Like?
Turmeric has a strong flavor. Some people consider the taste of raw turmeric to be pungent and bitter. Fresh turmeric is quite aromatic and can, therefore, be unpleasant to eat. When mixed with other products, however, the taste can be pleasant. When served in powder form, turmeric tastes earthy and peppery.
Turmeric and Ginger are closely related spices and have similar flavor profiles. Turmeric Tea even smells quite a bit like Ginger mixed with oranges. Making turmeric into a tea helps cut much of the root's bitterness. Turmeric Tea has quite a rich, soothing taste, perfect on a cold night!
Turmeric Tea often includes a wide variety of additional spices that increase the tea's flavor complexity and depth. Turmeric is a responsive spice. Mixing it with lemon, for example, will result in a completely different flavor than mixing it with cinnamon.
At Full Leaf Tea Company, we offer three different turmeric teas. The Organic Turmeric Green Tea offers balanced flavors of Turmeric and Green tea, resulting in a medley of characteristics that are great for your health.
The Organic Turmeric Ginger Mate Tea combines the flavors of ginger root, turmeric, and Yerba Mate. Combined with Ginger and Turmeric, this tea is deliciously cozy and smooth to the taste.
The last turmeric tea is the Organic Lemon Turmeric Tea. This tea is a white tea that contains hints of orange and rose along with lemon and garlic.
How Much Caffeine is in Turmeric Tea?
Turmeric is a spice and does not contain any caffeine. The caffeine content of turmeric tea will, therefore, depend on the other ingredients in the tea. When paired with a black tea, turmeric tea contains up to 90 milligrams of caffeine in an eight-ounce cup. Turmeric mixed with green tea will contain slightly less caffeine, around 70 milligrams per eight-ounce cup.
The caffeine in white tea is slightly less. White turmeric tea will contain around 55 milligrams of caffeine. In comparison, Yerba Mate contains approximately 40 milligrams of caffeine. So our Organic Turmeric Ginger Mate is high in caffeine.
How Do You Make Turmeric Tea?
Turmeric tea in loose leaf form is simple to brew. If you have one of our infusers or our natural paper tea bags, all you need to do is portion one teaspoon of turmeric tea and steep in hot water for approximately 5-7 minutes.
Be sure to consider the base of your turmeric tea when steeping. If it's an herbal tea, you can steep it longer than a black tea, which grows bitter if steeped for too long. Lastly, many turmeric teas are great with raw honey!
Where Can I Buy Turmeric Tea?
Turmeric tea can be found online! Shameless plug: but as of writing this, we sell 8 different types of Turmeric teas. We’re USDA certified organic, and our products are vegan and free of GMO’s. To top it all off, we have over 10,000 positive reviews, so feel free to try us out!
However, if you’re more of an in-store person (we totally get that), you can find Turmeric tea at any organic or wellness store such as Whole Foods.
Teas with both Turmeric and Ginger?
Ginger is known to reduce inflammation, improve your respiratory system, lower bad cholesterol, and is great for your heart and blood health! Teas with both ground turmeric and fresh ginger have a robust flavor and are often wellness focused. Full Leaf Tea Co. offers three teas with both Turmeric and Ginger including Turmeric Ginger Mate, Heartburn Relief, and Hangover relief.