The scientific and official name of turmeric is Curcuma longa. It is an herbaceous plant of the same family as ginger. It is also known in Brazil by the names of earth turmeric, turmeric, sun-root, turmeric, saffron and yellow ginger.
It is commonly used as a spice in cooking, but medicine has proven many health benefits through studies and research.
With this plant it is possible to produce a natural tea that is a source of some healthy benefits, such as preventing and fighting various types of diseases, for example. Interested? See below for the miraculous benefits of turmeric tea that have already been proven by science!
Does turmeric tea slim?
Turmeric tea is a healthy weight loss aid , however it must be used correctly to have the slimming effects. That is, it is no use drinking tea and having a high calorie diet, as it will not work. Exercise practice is also essential.
As with ginger, turmeric is a thermogenic food (1) as it helps to increase body temperature. This is due to some substances that stimulate the metabolism .
Therefore, consuming tea made with this spice helps the body to spend more energy on a daily basis, burning the fat in this way. This helps you lose weight and lose measurements. Furthermore, studies have proven that it is a food capable of fighting obesity (2).
But, as we said before, it won’t do any good to consume turmeric tea and continue to eat poorly and live a sedentary life. Tea is not miraculous, but a powerful aid to slimming practices. Just follow a low-calorie diet and exercise regularly.
Other known foods that have thermogenic action similar to turmeric are mustard, cinnamon and ginger . Include these foods in your daily diet for their weight-loss benefits.
In addition to helping with weight loss, turmeric tea has several other medicinal benefits.
This is basically due to the presence of a yellowish-orange lipophilic polyphenolic substance called curcumin , which is acquired from the plant’s rhizomes. Curcumin is a substance with high medicinal powers.
Furthermore, it is a rich spice in active compounds that help the body to function better and prevent health problems. See the list with the main benefits of turmeric tea:
- It’s anti-inflammatory
- Fights skin diseases
- lower cholesterol
- It’s antioxidant
- improves circulation
- Helps in muscle recovery
- I prevented diabetes.
There are many benefits that would make an even longer list. It is worth remembering that those that were listed are the benefits proven by science so far.
There may be other benefits and advantages, but we chose the main and most supported by scientific sources that prove their veracity. Below, you’ll learn more about each.
In each topic, you will find the number in parentheses that refers to the scientific study or research that proves its veracity. Check out our scientific references at the end of the article!
First of all, it is important to emphasize that turmeric tea has a powerful anti-inflammatory action (3, 4, 5). This is a result of the presence of the substance called curcumin. This medicinal property is only found in some plants of the turmeric and ginger family and is excellent for fighting minor inflammation.
With this, turmeric tea makes it possible to naturally treat small inflammations that cause pain in the back, lower back, shoulders and joints . It is also a very suitable drink to relieve the pain of arthritis (6) and the remnants of diseases such as chikungunya.
Fights skin diseases
Another medicinal advantage of turmeric tea is the protective effect on the skin (3, 4). Studies confirm that, for many years, curcumin has been used in dermatological treatments, including being used in the treatment of serious illnesses such as psoriasis, acne and itching attacks .
The study also proved that curcumin acts on the healing of skin wounds, showing yet another dermatological advantage of using turmeric. Furthermore, there are no contraindications related to its external use on the skin.
Thus, this tea brings dermatological benefits through its consumption or application on the skin. If in doubt, start using it and see, for yourself, the benefits of this natural drink.
Turmeric tea is also recommended for lowering cholesterol (4). According to a Polish study, turmeric has antioxidant substances capable of lowering LDL (bad cholesterol) in the body of the patient who consumes it.
This tea can and should therefore be used as a treatment aid to control the level of cholesterol in the body. However, it is worth noting that without proper nutrition, tea cannot have an effect.
And since we’re talking about anti-oxidation, turmeric has antioxidant actives that help prevent several serious diseases (3, 4). They help to inhibit the action of free radicals, harmful substances that affect the healthy life cycle of cells.
Free radicals damage the health of cells, increasing the risk of diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s , degenerative diseases in general, diabetes, hypertension and premature aging. In this way, consuming turmeric tea helps to prevent these and other diseases.
In fact, curcumin, the substance mentioned above, is known as a potent anticancer property (3). It can be used in cancer prevention and as an aid to major treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, for example.
Turmeric is a food that has medicinal properties that help cardiovascular health by improving circulation (3, 4). Its consumption is related to a decrease in heart problems related to clots and blockages of veins and arteries.
In a simple way, we can say that turmeric has vasodilating substances that increase the size of the veins and help the blood to pass through. In addition, it sanitizes the path taken by the blood, cleaning substances that can cause blockages, for example.
Helps in muscle recovery
Another proven benefit of turmeric is that it helps in muscle recovery (5), thus being an auxiliary food for exercise , especially weight training. The study showed that some properties of turmeric act to benefit the muscles that were stimulated by exercise.
In addition to reducing the pain of recovery, turmeric helps throughout the process, so that the stimulated muscle grows in a healthy way. Thus, turmeric tea is a great ally for those who like to go to the gym.
Still talking about the benefits derived from the antioxidant action, turmeric tea helps prevent diabetes (3). The components that promote cell improvement also benefit the blood, helping to regulate glucose levels .
Furthermore, this effect is fully related to some metabolic functions, which are also essential to prevent diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.
How to make tea? learn the recipe
The recipe for turmeric tea is pretty easy. You will only need water, turmeric (powder) and, if you prefer, lemon. Follow the instructions below to make the best natural turmeric tea and get the many health benefits:
- In a saucepan, boil 1 liter of water
- When it comes to a boil, turn off and add 1 teaspoon of turmeric and mix well
- Then leave covered for about 10 minutes. All with the fire off
- Finally, strain and add a few drops of lemon .
The ideal is not to sweeten this tea, not even with a natural sweetener, as this can take away some of the benefits. But if you can’t drink the tea that way, sweeten it with 1 tablespoon of bee honey . Among sweeteners, it is the healthiest option.
Another important detail: It’s not because you made 1 liter of tea that you should drink it all at once. It could even end up making you sick. See how to drink correctly in the topic below.
How and when to take correctly
It is recommended that you drink 1 cup (of tea) of turmeric per day , preferably warm. This is because the most turmeric the body can metabolize is 5 g per day.
The most suitable time is after breakfast or after lunch . Do not drink this tea on an empty stomach as it stimulates the stomach and can greatly increase your appetite during the day.
Care and contraindications
Finally, let’s talk a little about some precautions and contraindications regarding the consumption of turmeric tea . First of all, be aware that some people are allergic to turmeric and should avoid consuming it as much as possible. Therefore, in case of an allergic reaction, seek an emergency room immediately.
On the other hand, turmeric can interfere with the effect of diabetes and high blood pressure medications . Therefore, ask your doctor if you can consume this tea before you start using it.
Excessive consumption (more than one cup a day) may bring some symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain and malaise. Also, consuming too much turmeric tea causes the body to absorb less iron, which can cause anemia. Use with moderation.
Likewise, this tea is not suitable for pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under 12 years of age. In these groups, drinking can end up making nutrient absorption difficult and causing side effects.