The Benefits of Turmeric Tea

Many people know about the healing benefits of turmeric: with the active ingredient curcumin, it is a potent anti-inflammatory, a digestive aid, a powerful anti-oxidant and may help to prevent cancer and other diseases. Turmeric is available loose as a spice, in pill form and as an extract. But did you know that one of the most effective ways to take turmeric is as a tea?

If you don’t feel like taking turmeric as a pill, or using it in a curry, the tea may be a more accessible way to incorporate it into your diet. Served hot or cold, turmeric tea is a refreshing addition to your daily routine. It’s delicious all by itself, but some people like to add ginger, honey or lemon for flavor. You can brew it in water or almond milk, whatever beverage you prefer.

Dr. Mercola has great things to say about turmeric (video), and Dr. Andrew Weill has covered the benefits of turmeric in numerous articles – including treating Alzheimer’s, cancer, and arthritis. Watch his brief, informative video on how to make turmeric tea.

Click here for our article on using turmeric to enhance memory


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