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From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, chai is loved by everyone equally. While the preparation method varies from region to region, the love for chai is what truly stays uniform. We can safely say that chai is one of the most loved beverages across India.
Be it a plate of pakoras on a rainy day, or intense political discussions, a cup of steaming chai goes with everything. In India, chai is not just a beverage but is an emotion.
What if we tell you that it can also offer health benefits? It sounds too good to be true but turns out, with just a few ingredients, you can ensure that your cup of tea aka masala chai keeps you healthy as well.
To make masala chai, all you need are some spices that are easily available in your kitchen like clove, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, tulsi and some tea leaves. The aroma and these health benefits will tempt and draw you towards drinking this chai every day:
1. Promotes digestion
The spices in the masala chai such as tulsi, clove, cardamom, and ginger promote digestion. The ginger in it makes the benefit more profound and elaichi increases the saliva production which further helps digestion.
2. Reduces the risk of cancer
A study published in the journal Natural Medicine Journal found chemopreventative effects of chai. Masala chai has strong anti-oxidizing properties that prevent cancer. Spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom all have the potential to prevent cancer.
3. Boosts immunity and helps with the common cold
The spices in masala chai make it a very good immunity booster drink. It has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties which also help keep common cold away.
4. Helps boost metabolism
Masala chai improves digestion and with better digestion, your metabolism also gets better. The heat-generating property of masala chai helps speed up your metabolism. This, in turn, can help you lose weight up to an extent.
5. Has anti-inflammatory properties
All the spices individually have many benefits, but when combined together, this concoction can help your body combat any inflammation. A study published by the National Institute of Health noted ginger’s potential to reduce inflammation in the body. Clove, another spice in the masala, is packed with a compound called eugenol which helps in reducing the muscles inflammation.
6. Relieves the symptoms of PMS
PMS can be very daunting but a cup of masala chai can help fight the symptoms of PMS. Masala chai has the ingredients that can help calm your nerves and relax your muscles. Spices like cardamom, clove and cinnamon act as potential painkillers which can relieve the cramps. Moreover, it can also uplift your mood.
Now, you can enjoy your favourite beverage knowing that you’re going to be healthy drinking it regularly!