For thousands of years ginger has been used for medicinal purposed. It has powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and it is used in many ways while cooking. Ginger, in fact, rightfully serves its reputation, as a wonder spice and is a perfect addition to a cup of tea.
In India, ginger is commonly used when making chai tea. It provides heat and helps cure cold, coughs & tummy aches. The perfect cup of chai is made with various spices (cinnamon, cardamom, cloves) and ginger might just be one of the favourites. Learn to make the perfect cup of chai.
Here are the benefits of drinking tea spiced with ginger
Relieves tummy ache
One of the health benefits of ginger tea is that it helps to relieve stomach pains. The analgesic effects of ginger will soothe the stomach pain and the tea will calm it.
Improves blood circulation
Health benefits of ginger root include improved blood circulation. The vitamins, minerals and amino acids that ginger tea contains, help improve the circulation of blood around your body and help to reduce your chances of developing cardiovascular disorders when consumed regularly. It is also believed that ginger can help stop fat accumulating in the arteries and so, reduce the risks of heart attacks.
Reduce menstrual discomfort
Calm your mind and body with a cup of green tea with ginger and honey. The intensity of the cramps will reduce because of the ginger. Regular consumption of ginger tea aids regularity of the menstrual cycle.
Eases arthritis pain
Arthritis patients have often had a soothing feeling in their joints after drinking ginger tea. The anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties of the spice works both while drinking ginger tea or using ginger oil.
One of the popular health benefits of ginger root is that it aids digestion. After overeating, ginger quickly soothes your stomach and makes you feel comfortable again. The spice aids digestion, boosts your metabolism and speeds up the process of your body absorbing the nutrients from the food. It can also promote the production of mucus in the stomach, which can help to protect you from developing ulcers.
Releases stress and anxiety
Another health benefit of ginger root is that it helps to calm you down. After a stressful and hectic day at work, try drinking a cup of ginger tea or simply a green tea with added slice of fresh ginger root; calming properties of the plant will help relieve stress and anxiety, making you feel more relaxed and tranquil.
Prevention of (some) cancers
According to some studies, ginger may have powerful anti-cancer properties. The high levels of antioxidants in the spice are believed to stop the growth of cancerous cells and and also stop the cancer from spreading.
Remedy for coughs, colds and flu
When you’re feeling down in the dumps with a cold, a cup of warm ginger tea (or a cup of ginger chai tea) can really pick you up. It has a gentle warming feel to it, from the spiciness, and it is also known to ease the contraction in the airways and so making it easier to breath.
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