Why you should drink chai tea? What’s in the chai tea that enticed many people to love it for centuries?
According to Dr. Isaac Eliaz in his article Why Everyone Should Drink Chai Tea, chai tea is powerful blend of tea, herbs and spices cherished for centuries in India to preserve health and increase peace of mind. In addition to improving digestion, chai enhances the immune system, fights inflammation and has antioxidant properties. It has also been suggested that chai has antibacterial and anti-cancer effects.
Chai is made using different formulas, depending on the region where it is being consumed, but there are a number of standard ingredients: black tea, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, clove and black pepper.
In HannahMaria’s Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate recipe, Hannah uses stick cinnamon, fresh grated ginger, cardamom pods, anise pods, cloves, freshly ground black pepper, freshly ground nutmeg, black tea, honey and vanilla.
The blogger and social justice advocate was using ingredients in her chai tea recipe with powerful properties such as:
Cinnamon – wonderful digestive properties, helps balance blood sugar and has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant effects
Ginger – aids digestion, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation
Cardamom – aids digestion, supports the immune system, helps detoxify the body, improves circulation and may also fight respiratory allergies
Clove – helps digestion and alleviates ulcer pain, has analgesic (pain relieving) and antibacterial properties
Black Pepper – useful to prevent fat accumulation, offers antibacterial and antioxidant support and aids digestion
Black Tea – helps prevent cardiovascular disease, has anti-viral and anti-cancer properties