Warming Turmeric Chai – Blood Sugar Balancer

Turmeric Chai

Turmeric is hitting the headlines at the moment and for good reason – the active constituent curcumin is being hailed as a heal-all for everything from arthritis, to dementia and cancer.

As well as being a flavourful spice, turmeric definitely fits the bill of a superfood.

Containing the potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound curcumin that helps provide the magnificent colour, research is beginning to show the potential it has in the prevention, and even treatment of, degenerative conditions such as

  • dementia
  • blood sugar imbalances
  • diabetes and
  • inflammatory states such as atherosclerosis, arthritis and MS

The Many Benefits of Turmeric

  • May exert anti-inflammatory effects against dementia, joint pain, ulcerative colitis and MS
  • May improve glucose tolerance and blood sugar regulation in diabetics
  • May improve digestion by stimulating bile from the gall bladder
  • May exert a natural antibiotic effect against colds and flu
  • May reduce the risk or development of cancer
  • May help reduce the build-up of arterial plaques and lower cholesterol

Here’s how to make a warming turmeric chai drink that not only tastes delicious but has amazing health benefits:

Turmeric Concentrate Paste

Course Easy
Cuisine Food as Medicine
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 1 Cup

Ingredients

  • Prep time: 1 minute
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Cup
  • Cuisine: Food as Medicine
  • Ingredients
  • ¼ C turmeric powder or freshly grated turmeric root
  • 1 C water
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil or butter helps aid the absorption of the active compound curcumin

Method

  • Mix the turmeric and water together in a saucepan and bring to a slow simmer, stirring well
  • Add in the butter or coconut oil and continue to stir well – do not allow to boil over
  • Simmer over a very low heat for 5 – 6 minutes, until a smooth and fragrant paste has formed – extra water may be added at this stage if the paste is too dry
  • Store in the fridge in a sealed glass jar for up to 2 weeks
  • Can also be added to smoothies, soups and curries

Turmeric Chai Drink

Course Easy
Cuisine Food as Medicine
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp of turmeric concentrate paste
  • 1 C of milk of choice – almond macadamia or coconut are good choices
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon powder
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder or 2 whole pods gently crushed
  • ½ tsp fresh or powdered ginger
  • 2 whole cloves
  • A good grind of cracked pepper
  • 1 tsp of raw organic Manuka Health Manuka honey

Method

  • Mix the turmeric paste, milk and all the spices together in a small saucepan and bring to simmer point over a low heat
  • Stir well until all is combined
  • Continue to simmer for 3 minutes until fragrant
  • Remove from heat and stir through 1 tsp of honey to sweeten
  • Drink and enjoy the health giving benefits of turmeric!

 

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