Are There Any Health Benefits from Drinking Chai?

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The aromatic spices and warming qualities are what makes drinking this tea so popular, but are there any health benefits from drinking chai?

What is Chai?

Chai is a classic drink from India that has been popularised in the West, and for good reason!

Chai is a type of Indian tea that is made by brewing black tea and a variety of selected spices that gives chai its distinctive taste and aroma. It is a staple drink in India, mainly consumed with breakfast.

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Chai or Chai Tea?

It's chai. Just Chai! 

The word “chai” means “tea” in Hindi, and is derived from the Chinese word for tea, “cha”.  

Saying "Chai Tea" is effectively saying "Tea Tea", but this has become the name most commonly used everywhere except for India, where it originated.

The more accurate name is probably "Masala Chai", as it translates to “spiced tea”. 

So are there any health benefits drinking chai?

The good news is, yes it is!

Read on to find out how the ingredients in Collombatti Naturals chai can help provide you with a variety of noteworthy health benefits.

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Black Loose Leaf Tea

Black tea is made from the leaves of a bush called Camellia sinensis and contains chemical compounds that act as antioxidants.

Research has found a positive correlation between tea consumption and reduced risk of disease. Drinking at least 2-3 cups a day may reduce your likelihood of developing some major diseases, like heart disease, diabetes, or strokes.

Although tea does normally contain some caffeine, here at Collombatti Naturals we use an Australian grown tea that is naturally low in caffeine. The good news is that this means you can enjoy a cup of chai at any time of the day!

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Cinnamon

There are several versions of chai recipes and the ingredient list may vary, but one ingredient that is always included is cinnamon.

Cinnamon has several health benefits, including anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and the ability to help stabilise blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance. Cinnamon has also been shown to help fight bacterial and fungal infections, as well as lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease, and more.

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Star Anise

Star anise is aptly named for the star-shaped pods from which the spice seeds are harvested. With an unmistakable licorice flavor, it is a spice with a distinct flavour and aroma.

This spice has several compounds that contribute to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and has been also been found to be a natural aid to relieve stomach aches, sore throats, and headaches.

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Cloves

Cloves are a great addition to chai as they only add some natural sweetness, but they also have several health benefits such as being a natural anti-inflammatory and may help boost the immune system.

Cloves are also one of the most effective and versatile natural remedies, with strong antimicrobial properties that has been found to be effective on different strains of bacteria and fungus.

It has been used for many centuries as natural pain relief, particularly by those suffering with tooth ache.

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Cardamon

Cardamom has been used as a flavoring for centuries. The spice has anti-microbial properties and can help fight bacterial infections.

Studies have also shown that it help to lower blood sugar levels for individuals that suffer from conditions such as diabetes. Cardamom is an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps people to stay healthy during cold seasons.

Cardamon has been used throughout the ages as a treatment for bad breath and improve oral health due to its anti-bacterial properties.

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Fennel seeds

Fennel seeds provide nutrients such as vitamin C, calcium, potassium, manganese and magnesium. This herb is used in many parts of the world as a natural aid to help with bad breath, thanks to its anti-bacterial properties and may also help reduce flatulence, heartburn, bloating and inflammation.

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Coriander seeds

Coriander seeds are full of antioxidants and vitamins A, C & K and the minerals iron and calcium.

The essential oil contained in coriander has antimicrobial compounds. Trials have shown that they may be useful against some infections and have also been found to aid digestion by helping to ease abdominal pain and bloating.

Coriander is also being studied on it’s natural ability to help reduce blood sugar.

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Ginger

Ginger is well know for it’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.

Throughout the ages, ginger has been used as a natural digestive remedy and to help alleviate nausea, including morning sickness. It can also help stimulate your appetite, relieve indigestion, and has long been a popular remedy for travel sickness.

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Cracked black pepper

Another ingredient in chai is cracked black pepper. Not only does it add warmth to chai, but it also contains powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well as several important vitamins and minerals too.

Black pepper contains a compound called piperine, a potent antioxidant that is being trialled in many studies for it’s anti-inflammatory properties.

Collombatti Naturals sugar-free cacao chai

Collombatti Naturals Sugar-free Cacao Chai

Not all chai are created equal

Collombatti Naturals chai range contains only natural, whole ingredients and all are refined sugar-free. This makes them a much healthier alternative to the highly processed, instant chai powders and syrups that are sold in supermarkets and in some cafes and eateries.

We use carefully selected whole spices that we grind ourselves and blend them with Australian grown, loose leaf black tea. This ensures that the spices impart their full flavor and the natural goodness is retained.

So next time you sit down to enjoy a freshly brewed Collombatti Naturals chai, you can rest easy knowing that not only does your chai taste amazing, but that it’s healthy too!

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. No two people are the same, and each person may react differently to herbs and teas. Never use herbs or teas to treat serious medical conditions on your own. Always seek professional medical advice before choosing home remedies.

Fennel seeds provide nutrients such as vitamin C, calcium, potassium, manganese and magnesium. This herb is used in many parts of the world as a natural aid to help with bad breath, thanks to its anti-bacterial properties and may also help reduce flatulence, heartburn, bloating and inflammation.