Ginger and Turmeric Iced Tea for Your Brain and Heart Health
Have you heard about the health benefits of a ginger-turmeric ice tea? This drink is incredibly health beneficial and can improve your heart, brain and promote your overall health – all you need to do is drink it regularly.
What’s even better is that this drink is super refreshing and delicious in addition to having healing and medicinal properties.
Before we go into the recipe and the preparation let’s talk about the health benefits of the ingredients.
Health Benefits of the Ingredients
This spice makes the tea even more delicious but it’s primarily added to increase the bioavailability of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.
We all know about the health benefits of ginger, it’s a spice that is rich in gingerols, oily resins that give the spice its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
According to studies conducted by Israeli researchers ginger is especially beneficial for your heart. It can prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, lower your cholesterol levels and thus lower your risk of developing atherosclerosis. The spice is also beneficial for your brain and it increases the essential neurotransmitters levels. This further helps you focus, concentrate, memorize things and sleep better. According to studies about 86% of the population in the States have decreased levels of these neurotransmitters, which means that drinking this ginger-turmeric tea is a great way to increase them.
The role of hone in this drink is to sweeten it up but this ingredient is also super-beneficial for your overall health. Honey also improves your brain health, especially in women who experience hormone-caused intellectual decline in the post-menopausal period. This benefit comes from the high levels of antioxidants in honey which can prevent cellular damage and brain cells loss. According to a study by the Babylon University in Iraq, honey can prevent cognitive decline and dementia and enhance your brain activity.
Statistical data shows that heart diseases are the leading cause of death in the world and there are many factors that lead to the onset of these diseases. However, there are also many foods that can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disorders, turmeric included, and prevent fatal consequences.
Turmeric’s main active ingredient, curcumin, helps lower your risk of endothelial dysfunction, which is one of the main reasons for heart problems. The endothelium is the lining of the blood vessels and if its function is disrupted you will suffer problems with your blood pressure, clotting and similar vital processes.
In addition to being a heart-healthy spice, turmeric improves your brain function as well. Studies have shown that turmeric can increase the brain’s neural stem cells growth by 80% when taken in specific amounts and can thus help in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and help people who’ve suffered a stroke recover faster.
Ginger and Turmeric Ice Tea
Water 1 cup and 3 cups (1 cup for steeping and 3 cups for dilution)
2 inches ginger root
¼ cup honey
¾ tsp black pepper
Add everything but the honey in a small saucepan and add 1 cup of water. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the heat so that the mixture simmers slowly. Set it aside after a few minutes and add the honey. Place a lid over the saucepan and let it steep for an hour. You can even let the mixture steep overnight.
Then strain it through a cloth and add the additional 3 cups of water. Transfer the tea in a mason jar and store it in a fridge. If the tea is a bit too strong for your taste add some more water. You can even add some more honey if you like it sweeter.
Enjoy your refreshing, delicious tea.