What are the benefits of chai tea?
We can’t deny the cultural impact chai tea has had on American food culture. You can pick up a hot or cold version of a chai tea at almost any indie or mainstream coffee shop.
This aromatic beverage has been used for centuries in India for both mental and physical well-being. Today, most of us drink chai because it tastes good, warms us up, and is oh so comforting! But did you also know that chai contains powerful antioxidants, improves your digestion, helps boost your immune system, fights inflammation, and so much more? In fact, many say it has anti-cancer properties and is also antibacterial!
The classic chai flavor that you know so well comes from these basic ingredients: black tea, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, fennel, clove, and black pepper. Although the ratio and recipe may be different from one area of the world to another, these are the main ingredients. Each of these components has its own health benefits. Combined, they provide a powerful cocktail to boost your overall health and well-being!
Did you know that black tea is full of antioxidants? It also has anti-viral and anti-cancer properties. Ginger aids digestion and improves your circulation. It also boosts your immune system and can reduce inflammation in your body. So, this is ideal for people who suffer from arthritis. Some studies have shown that ginger can help to fight cancer!
Cardamom aids digestion and also helps boost your immune system. It also acts as a detoxifier and improves your circulation. Cinnamon is also anti-inflammatory, can help to balance your blood sugar, can help with your digestion.
Fennel is high in vitamin C, potassium and fiber. And cloves not only aid in digestion, they also contain pain relieving properties too! Black pepper helps our metabolism by lessening fat accumulation.
So given all of these health benefits, nothing would sound better this season than a hot, comforting mug of chai tea! Drink up!