Kadak chai is all that is needed to bring a big smile on a chai-addict's face. It not only soothes millions of people amidst a hectic day or gives a kick to a lazy morning, but also has several health benefits added to it. Tea, be it black, green or with milk contains antioxidants, reduces heart attack or stroke risks, protects bones and more. And a masala tea, in particular, improves digestion, relieves aches and pains, reduces nausea, prevents cough and cold, regulates blood circulation, accelerate healing process and relieves depression.
What all do we need to make a perfect masala chai? No, we are not talking about tea leaves, milk or sugar; we are talking about the secret ingredients - the masalas. We do not need to go far to fetch the ingredients. All we need are fresh ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. The secret to all the health benefits of a masala chai lie in these ingredients.
Health benefits of ginger:
This aromatic spicy ingredient has an age-old history of gastrointestinal relief. It is regarded as an excellent substance for eliminating intestinal gas and relaxing intestinal tract. Other than its therapeutic properties that have antioxidant effects, ginger reduces all the symptoms of nausea, dizziness, vomiting and cold sweating. Ginger also contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols, which are believed to reduce osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
Health benefits of Cardamom:
This spice with slightly sweet flavour works as a boon for patients with high blood pressure, most likely due to its antioxidant and diuretic properties. It is also rich in compounds that may fight inflammation, protect cells from damage and stop inflammation from occurring. In addition to these, cardamom helps in liver protection, fighting anxiety and weight loss.
Health benefits of Cloves
Cloves contain fibre, vitamins and minerals. Hence, using cloves in your everyday meal not only adds flavour but also provide important nutrients to the body. Cloves are also high in antioxidants, including eugenol and Vitamin C, both of which help in reducing oxidative stress. This ingredient also has a potential effect on obesity.
Health benefits of Cinnamon:
One of the favourites of the household spices, cinnamon helps in blood sugar management, reduces blood pressure, ease digestive discomfort and more. This spice has large amounts of polyphenol antioxidants and has been found to have anti-inflammatory effects. It also contains traces of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamins C, A, B and K.
All you need to do now is turn on your stove and prepare a strong masala chai and enjoy the chilly day.
About Somdatta SahaExplorer- this is what Somdatta likes to call herself. Be it in terms of food, people or places, all she craves for is to know the unknown. A simple aglio olio pasta or daal-chawal and a good movie can make her day.