Guide to Turmeric Tea
By Kevin B. April 2nd, 2021
Did you know that the secret to better health probably has been sitting in your cupboard? Isn't it great when a common ingredient has so many health benefits plus has a low cost? That ingredient is Turmeric.
What is turmeric?
Turmeric is a spice that has been used in India for thousands of years. It's gives curry its yellow color.
What is turmeric tea good for?
Turmeric contains compounds called curcuminoids, of which curcumin is the main active ingredient. It is a powerful anti-oxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory. Chronic inflammation results in disease. By eating foods that reduce inflammation you reduce you are building a wall against future disease.
There are numerous other benefits not covered in this article, such as improving mood and brain capacity as well as potential prevention of other chronic diseases such as arthritis and heart disease. While a lot of these claims are subjective, it is our opinion that having turmeric in the diet will yield positive benefits over the long term.
Absorbing turmeric properly
You can take turmeric a number of ways. Supplements, adding to food or drinking turmeric tea. It is important to note that by itself, curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. That changes if you consume black pepper with it, which adds piperine, a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%. Curcumin is also fat soluble, so it is a good idea to take it with a fatty meal.
How much turmeric tea should you drink in a day?
Our research has shown a good sweet spot is to take at least 1 teaspoon of turmeric a day for overall well being. If you are treating a chronic disease or other health issue, higher dosing may be required. We recommend that you research the ideal dose for your situation. Unlike some other supplements, there doesn't seem to be an issue with overdosing like green tea extract, but it still makes sense to take what is reasonable.
Drinking a 16 ounce cup of turmeric tea and sprinkling some on one of your meals per day should easily get you that minimum.
Is it okay to drink turmeric tea at night?
Most turmeric teas are herbal in nature and therefore there is no caffeine. Check the tea label just to be sure, but the turmeric tea itself can actually enhance your sleep via it's mood improving properties.
Buying turmeric tea
Option one is the DIY method, which means using turmeric powder and combining it with other ingredients. While this may be fine for some, it can be messy and time consuming. Another option is to use pre-blended teas that are also loaded with other beneficial herbs an ingredients.
Top six turmeric teas
If you are looking to get into turmeric tea, our tea experts have these top 6 recommendations:
- Comfort Chaga - while advertised as a chaga mushroom tea, turmeric is the one cornerstone ingredients in this tea
- Stimulating - one of our most popular herbals, this blend is spice forward with flavors of ginger and cardamom. No caffeine despite the name!
- Honeybush Cider - Honeybush is naturally sweet, and this tea is balanced with creamy vanilla. Perfect before bed
- Trugrit Energy - If you are looking for a morning boost (with caffeine) then this tea has loads of brain boosting and energy giving ingredients.
- Forest and Sea - This interesting blend contains loads of beneficial botanicals including sea buckthorn, aloe and of course, turmeric
- Ginger Turmeric Matcha - See our notes below for golden milk.
One popular recipe on the internet is Golden Milk. Our matcha makes it super easy. Just combine it with your favorite milk, whisk - and enjoy!
To your health!