8 Amazing Benefits of Turmeric Tea

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated - Medically reviewed by Zemira Barnes (MS)

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Turmeric tea is one of your best alternative tea options if you want to reduce pain and inflammation, promote weight loss, help reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, prevent cancer, balance cholesterol levels, and promote a healthy immune system.

Turmeric Tea Health Benefits

Turmeric tea boasts many different health benefits due to the many vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it contains, but it is perhaps most famous for its high concentration of curcumin, which is an extremely potent antioxidant that is connected to a number of health effects.

The benefits of turmeric tea are quite similar to the benefits you would derive from consuming turmeric as a spice in your food. From reductions in inflammation and pain relief to preventing cardiovascular trouble and lowering your risk of cognitive degeneration, turmeric tea is an excellent choice for those looking for a comprehensive health beverage.

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Reduces Inflammation

Turmeric tea is best known for its ability to relieve inflammation in all of its forms. The spice itself is one of the most popular options for people with rheumatoid arthritis but is also excellent for aches and pains throughout the body. Curcumin can eliminate inflammation in tissues by neutralizing free radicals and preventing oxidative stress from occurring. A study found that curcumin can also be used as an alternative to NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to relieve short time joint pain in 2-gram dosages.

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Weight Loss

This legendary spice can stimulate the metabolism, which is always a good thing for people trying to lose weight. By drinking a cup of turmeric tea every day, you can help your body passively burn fat in a healthy way, while also providing the body with more usable energy by affecting the way that the body metabolizes fat.

Antioxidant Activity

Curcumin found in turmeric makes up 2-6% of the spice and can counteract the activity of free radicals within the body. These byproducts of cellular metabolism are responsible for increasing the risk of chronic diseases, as well as premature aging and the signs of aging, such as wrinkles and blemishes on the skin. Curcumin works to scavenger out those byproducts or free radicals that can be harmful to the body and increase the activity of antioxidants in neutralizing harmful substances.

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Turmeric tea helps to relieve inflammtion in your body. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Anticancer Potential

Curcumin, a polyphenolic compound found in turmeric tea, has also shown promising results as an anticancer agent, according to a 2019 review study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. It is said to play a role in the suppression of growth and proliferation of cancer cells.

Another study in the Journal of Experimental Pharmacology suggests that this turmeric compound may prove helpful specifically against colon, cervical, oral, as well as lung cancer. Also, using curcumin in addition to conventional chemotherapeutic agents could enhance the process of therapy, as observed in a study published in the Plos One journal.

Therefore, drinking turmeric tea can be an effective way of making curcumin a part of your routine.

Keeps Heart Healthy

Lowering LDL or bad cholesterol levels is a critical step in preventing cardiovascular disease, as well as atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. Turmeric tea is able to prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which stops it from forming plaque in the arteries. This can help lower blood pressure and keep your heart in excellent shape as you age.

Detoxifies the Body

The active ingredients in turmeric tea are also able to stimulate the liver and improve its detoxification function. Turmeric can also promote sweating, which can further eliminate toxins via the skin before they can negatively affect your health.

Cognitive Boost

Alzheimer’s research in relation to turmeric and turmeric tea is very exciting, and this spice has been found to prevent the formation of beta-amyloid in the brain, which is the sticky protein that can create a plaque buildup and shut down neural connections. Due to this and other effects of cur curcumin, turmeric tea helps to improve the memory of AD patients as per a study published by Mishra, Shrikant, and Kalpana Palanivelu, “The effect of curcumin (turmeric) on Alzheimer’s disease: An overview” in the Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology (2008). The natural anti-inflammatory properties also help lower neural tissue inflammation, helping keep your mind sharp as you get older.

Improves Circulation

Curcumin in turmeric can help improve blood flow by promoting blood vessel dilation and relaxation of smooth muscle. This can encourage arterial health and lower blood pressure which can reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease.

How Often Should You Drink Turmeric Tea?

Turmeric tea can be consumed 1-2 times per day, particularly if you are using the tea for a specific health concern. Provided you are not allergic to turmeric tea, which is quite unusual, there is a very small chance of experiencing any toxicity-related side effects by consuming too much.

Note: It is not recommended that anyone take more than 1500 milligrams of turmeric per day, as this can result in abnormal heart rhythms. Symptoms like diarrhea, headaches, and yellow stool have been reported when taking dosages ranging from 500-12,000 milligrams. However, turmeric is relatively safe and efficient, large doses mentioned above are not commonly consumed. Speak with your doctor if you are wanting to add turmeric to your diet as its interactions with blood thinner medications such as warfarin.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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