When people hear about chai tea, most of them think that it is a traditional tea. For most of the people living in Pakistan and India, Chai just means tea.
It is made from oxidizing and fermented black tea leaves. To make it tasty and keep it smelling good, most of the manufacturers add spices which include:
- fresh ginger
- black pepper
- ground cloves
This Tea has a couple of health benefits that shouldn’t be understated. In this article, I am going to discuss some of the most common health benefits of chai tea.
Table of Contents
Health Benefits of Chai Tea: The Power of Herbs
Let’s discuss them one by one in detail…
1. Improves Digestion
There are some of the teas that are supposed to be best for improving digestion and chai tea is on them.
As I had stated above, chai which contains some spices such as ginger offers such properties that are responsible for regulating digestive systems and maintaining your gut health.
Black pepper is also responsible for helping the pancreas produce digestive enzymes. These enzymes speed up the digestion process and for this reason, aids in digestion and help eliminate some of the digestive system complications such as constipation and gas.
2. Deals with Nausea
Chai tea is also well known to help against nausea and again it is the ginger which is responsible for that. Chai tea contains about 1-2 grams of ginger, which is according to studies enough to treat nausea.
Ginger basically contains 2 elements gingerol and shogaol which have anti-inflammatory properties and help deal with nausea.
3. Reduces Blood Sugar Level
Although there is no satisfactory evidence that Chai tea can reduce blood sugar levels, there are several studies that support this claim.
One study shows that Chai tea has some flavors that may reduce insulin resistance by something like 10%-29%. The most active components in this are ginger and cinnamon and they both have beneficial effects on the blood sugar levels.
4. Helps in Weight Loss
There are several ways through which it may help you deal with weight loss.
The one is that in most of the cases, chai tea is prepared using cow’s milk or soy milk which are rich sources of protein. For this reason, you will not have to deal with hunger from time to time.
One research shows that the compounds found in Chai tea may as well promote the fast breakdown of fat and at the same time help reduce the number of calories in your body.
5. Improves Bone Health
In most of the cases, chai tea is prepared using either cow’s milk or soy milk (mentioned above) and both are good sources of protein, calcium, and vitamin D.
All the 3 elements are good for your bone’s health and if you drink chai tea regularly, you will eventually have stronger bones.
6. Improves Heart Health
There are several studies that have been carried on animals to determine the effects of chai tea on overall heart health.
Here is a study which shows that some of the ingredients (cinnamon) in chai may help to lower bad cholesterol and at the same time reduces blood pressure.
Although there’s not enough evidence that it can help, most of the scientists are in support of these claims.
7. Boosts Immunity
Chai tea is very useful and it is one of the best drinks that you can take when you are concerned about your immunity. What this means is that if you are looking to grow a very strong immunity, then you should start taking it regularly.
It has some of the spices such as Cardamom which is very useful in terms of boosting your immunity.
Cardamom is available in 2 different forms, green and black.
Both forms have different benefits to the body like black cardamom has antiseptic properties while green is well known for its detoxifying properties.
8. Promotes Cell Growth and Reduces the Risk of Chronic Diseases
Chai tea has a couple of properties that help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Its antioxidant properties help to eliminate free radicals which are caused by pollutants and the surrounding environment.
There are several other claims that it contains more polyphones and for this reason, it can protect your overall body’s health.
9. Chai Tea has Anti-Inflammatory Effects
Some of the ingredients found in it have strong anti-inflammatory effects and for this reason, you are likely to get multiple benefits from drinking it.
Ginger is one of the ingredients that has strong anti-inflammatory effects which has been proven to strengthen the body’s defense mechanisms.
One study shows that ginger is one of the most valuable ingredients in Chai tea.
10. Relieves Stress
This tea is packed with very beneficial medical properties and at the same time has some soothing effects. It is recommended that you take chai tea especially when you are having problems with your emotions.
There are several studies that show Chai tea has an impact on stress levels.
A recent study found that chai tea has antidepressant effects that can help deal with stress and other related emotional problems. This property interacts with the feel-good hormones and eventually helps regulate stress.
11. Reduces Menstrual Cramps
Are you having problems with menstrual cramps? Chai tea can help you deal with menstrual pain.
There are several ingredients that serve the work well and ginger is one of the ingredients that are very useful in alleviating pain.
In fact, ginger has become the main cure for menses pain in traditional medicine.
How to Make Chai Tea?
I am sure after reading these amazing health benefits of Chai Tea you want to try it and want to know how to make it. If you do not know how to make it then watch this short video tutorial…
The Bottom Line!
Chai tea has a rich history and there are several studies that have been carried forward to determine the health benefits of it. The above mentioned are not the only health benefits that you can get after drinking it but there are several other health benefits that you are going to get.
Though, what determines the benefits is how well the tea is prepared. You also have to take it in the right amount (1-2 cups daily) and consistently in order to get significant results.
The good thing is that Chai tea is now easily available in most of the shops and drink joints.
Usama Azam is a medical student (MD) and an expert in natural medicine. He believes and writes on natural treatments about different health and medical conditions. To know more about him visit About page.