Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is an herbaceous plant in the same family as ginger. In some regions of Brazil it is also known as turmeric , turmeric, sun root, turmeric, saffron and yellow ginger. It is usually used as a spice in cooking, but medicine has also proven several health benefits.
With this plant it is possible to produce a tea that brings some healthy advantages, such as the prevention and combat of various types of diseases, for example. Interested? See below for the miraculous benefits of turmeric tea that have already been proven by science!
What is turmeric tea for?
The medicinal effects of turmeric are generally a consequence of the presence of a yellowish-orange lipophilic polyphenolic substance called curcumin, which is acquired from the plant’s rhizomes.
In addition, it is a spice rich in active compounds that help the body to function better and prevent from mild health problems to serious diseases such as cancer, hypertension and Alzheimer’s disease . See the list with the main benefits of turmeric tea:
- It’s anti-inflammatory
- Fights skin diseases
- lowers cholesterol
- It’s antioxidant
- improves circulation
- Helps in muscle recovery
- Prevents diabetes .
There are many benefits that would make an even longer list. But 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.
Healthy benefits and properties
In this topic you will see more details about each of the benefits listed above. This is also where you will confirm that all these benefits are true.
Information is based on scientific sources and official research. Check out our scientific references at the end of the article!
First, it is noteworthy that turmeric tea has a potent anti-inflammatory action (1, 2, 3). This is due to one of the unique properties of turmeric called curcumin. This medicinal substance is only found in some plants of the turmeric and ginger family, and is excellent for fighting minor inflammation.
With turmeric tea, for example, it is possible to 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 (4) and the remnants of diseases such as chikungunya .
Fights skin diseases
Another significant advantage of turmeric tea is its protective effect on the skin (1, 2). 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 one more advantage of turmeric in relation to the skin. Furthermore, there are no contraindications related to its use.
Thus, this tea brings dermatological benefits through its consumption or application on the skin. If in doubt, start using it and check out, on your own, the benefits of this natural drink.
Turmeric tea is also recommended for lowering cholesterol (2). According to a Polish study, turmeric has antioxidant substances capable of lowering LDL (bad cholesterol) in the body that consumes it.
Turmeric tea can and should be used as an aid in cholesterol lowering treatment. However, it is worth noting that without proper nutrition, tea cannot have an effect.
And as we’re talking about antioxidant, turmeric has these assets that help prevent various serious diseases (1, 2). They help to inhibit the action of free radicals, harmful substances that hinder the healthy life cycle of cells.
Free radicals affect 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 . Therefore, consuming turmeric tea helps prevent these and other diseases.
In fact, curcumin, a substance mentioned above, is known as a potent anticancer property (1). It can be used in the prevention of the disease and as an aid to the main treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, for example.
Turmeric is a food that has substances that help cardiovascular health by improving circulation (1, 2). Its consumption is linked to the reduction of 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 clogging, for example.
Helps in muscle recovery
Another benefit of turmeric is that it helps muscle recovery (3). Thus, it is a complementary food for exercise, especially weight training. The study showed that some properties of turmeric act to benefit muscles that have been stressed by exercise.
In addition to lessening the pain of recovery , turmeric helps throughout the process, so that it goes through everything in a healthy way. Thus, turmeric tea is a great ally for those who like to go to the gym.
I prevented diabetes
Still talking about the benefits derived from the antioxidant action, turmeric tea can help prevent diabetes (1). 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?
The recipe for turmeric tea is very simple. You will only need water and turmeric (powder) and, if you prefer, lemon . Follow the instructions below to make the best natural turmeric tea and get several 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 tea correctly in the topic below.
How and when to take correctly?
It is recommended that you drink 1 cup of turmeric tea a day, preferably warm. 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.
Where to buy turmeric?
You will hardly find ready-made turmeric tea to buy in Brazil, so you can buy turmeric itself and prepare the tea. Turmeric is a very common spice/spice and can be found in supermarkets, street markets and health food stores .
However, remember that in many places in Brazil, turmeric changes its name. You can find them like turmeric, sun root and yellow ginger.
Does turmeric tea slim?
Yes, but it depends on your lifestyle. Turmeric, like ginger, is a thermogenic food as it helps to increase body temperature. This is due to some substances that stimulate metabolism.
Thus, consuming turmeric or tea made with this spice helps the body to spend more energy on a daily basis. The body will end up using fat as an energy source, burning it. This helps you lose weight and lose measurements.
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. Therefore, follow a low-calorie diet and exercise regularly.
Other foods that have thermogenic action are mustard, cinnamon and ginger.
Care and contraindications
Finally, let’s talk a little about some precautions and contraindications regarding the consumption of turmeric tea. First, 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.
It is also not suitable for pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under 12 years of age.