For those who have ever indulged in the delicacy that is chai tea, you understand that its blend of spices and herbs need no introduction. The various flavors of chai combine to create a sweet and spicy drink like none other. But did you realize that cup of heaven also comes with various health benefits?
Though often an afterthought due its incredible flavors, chai tea is packed with benefits that keep you moving throughout the day. With so many spices and herbs included in a cup, it’s no surprise that the benefits are plentiful. From ginger to cinnamon, peppercorns to coriander, the elements of chai tea combine to deliver some health benefits you may not realize.
Here at Witch’s Brew Cafe, we recognize just how wonderful chai tea is. You can never go wrong with our speciality flavors, including the delicious gingerbread chai latte. Continue reading below to learn about just how much a cup of chai can do for you, and remember to test one out the next time you sit down for a spell in the Witch’s Brew.
Aches and Pains
There’s a reason chai tea is common to certain medicinal practices, including Chinese traditional medicine and Ayurvedic medicine. Many of the various spices and herbs blended into chai tea have been found to alleviate aches and pains, sometimes even reducing the impact of more serious conditions, including arthritis.
Ginger and clove, two of the main ingredients in chai, each are renowned for their anti-inflammatory properties. The mixture of these two ingredients can deliver substantial benefits when it comes to alleviating pain.
Some of the ingredients used in chai tea are widely known to boost the immune system and fight off common bacteria. Common to Tibetan medicine for years, cardamom is also a main ingredient found in chai tea. A spice made from the seeds of several plants, cardamom is revered for its high doses of vitamin C that help maintain a healthy immune system. Tea bags can contain both black and green cardamom, each packed with their own unique benefits.
Have you ever considered replacing your morning cup of coffee with a cup of chai? Brewed using black tea leaves, chai tea contains the perfect amount of caffeine for an early morning jolt or afternoon pick-me-up. As opposed to the 120 milligrams of caffeine you’ll find on average in a cup of coffee, the same sized chai tea averages 40 milligrams, meaning you can receive the same boost of energy without the proceeding crash.
For coffee drinkers trying to drink less caffeine, chai tea is the perfect way to wind down your intake while still benefiting from boosts of energy. If you notice a normal chai tea not producing the desired energy results, consider trying a dirty chai with a splash of espresso from the Witch’s Brew Cafe.
Another common benefit of ginger is its nausea-relieving properties. The root is commonly considered a natural remedy for upset stomachs, with some studies considering it as effective as anti-nausea medication without the side effects. Chai tea often contains a healthy amount of ginger, meaning your next cup could do wonders for an upset stomach.
Tea has long been considered one of the best ways to maintain a healthy digestive system, and chai tea is no different. Once again, ginger is the leading element for regulating the digestive system and maintaining a healthy gut. For those with indigestion, the spice has been shown to improve digestion and emptying of the stomach as it improves circulation, thus delivering oxygen to digestive organs. Along with ginger, the peppercorns in chai tea may help the pancreas produce digestive enzymes which improve the efficiency of the digestive system as a whole.
Chai tea is more than just a flavorful combination of spices, herbs, tea, and milk that will titillate your taste buds. The drink is packed with these amazing spices that include incredible health benefits. At Witch’s Brew Cafe, we always encourage you to try a new creation, so pick your favorite chai tea today to be ready for your next visit!