5 Benefits of Drinking Chai | Chai Blue

Updated: Oct 1, 2021

Call us biased, but we always knew that drinking chai was good for you. Chai is proven to be linked directly to a variety of health benefits. The organic, natural spices in chai are backed by science and traditional medicine for their natural properties in aiding heart health, blood sugar balance, digestion and many more.

Chai features a range of authentic Indian spices - for Chai Blue, we use organic cardamom, cinnamon sticks, star anise, fennel, clove, black pepper, just to name a few. These spices are paired with loose leaf black tea - research shows that simply drinking 3 cups of black tea a day is linked to an 11% lower risk of heart disease. Imagine the benefits when combined with gorgeous spices!

The benefits of drinking chai

1. Energy boosting

The high amounts of caffeine help to naturally boost energy, better for you than coffee and energy drinks, but particularly beneficial when they use loose leaf tea like we use. Steeping loose tea leaves allows them to expand and absorb water so that it can flow through the leaves. This enables it to extract a wide range of vitamins, minerals, flavours, and aromas from the tea, improving mental alertness, learning, information processing and memory, as well as providing antioxidant properties.

2. Anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties

The anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties in cinnamon alone, such as polyphenols, are so powerful that it can actually act as a natural food preservative. Aiding swelling and chronic illnesses, studies suggest that, compared to 26 spices, cinnamon was the clear winner, even outranking “superfoods” like garlic!

3. Improves digestion

Chai is great at improving digestion, as the blend of natural spices each have their own protection of the gut. For example, black pepper stimulates hydrochloric acid in your stomach and digestive enzymes in your pancreas for better absorption and digestion of food and reduces gastrointestinal transit time of food, relieving stomach pain, nausea and even reducing the risk of stomach ulcers.

4. Protects your heart and reduces cholesterol

Cardamom, in particular, has natural heart-protecting properties that support a balance of cholesterol levels and reducing high blood pressure when ingested. Cardamom in its organic form is promoted in traditional medicine as it is protective against many heart conditions and regulating blood sugar. Fennel, which is also used in chai, is also a good source of fibre, potassium and folate which support a healthy heart.

5. Reduces stress and supports positive mental health

Not only is the practice of making and drinking chai relaxing, but the herbs and spices act as a stress reliever and promote a feel-good effect when drinking. Chai spices are commonly used and scientifically proven to possess anti-depressant properties, particularly cardamom and cinnamon, which increase mood and are used in essential oils for aromatherapy. Spices are utilised for reducing stress, anxiety and even PTSD.

For more information about our tea, including the spice blends we have in stock, click here.

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