- Depending on the region where it is being consumed, Chai may be made using various standard ingredients:
- Black tea, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, clove and black pepper.
- When analyzing chai’s health benefits, examine each ingredient individually. Though they act synergistically to increase each other’s benefits, the separate botanical components have powerful health benefits on their own.
- An important root used in Eastern medicine, Ginger aids digestion, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation, which can be especially helpful for people suffering from arthritis. It offers antioxidant support, and some research has also shown that ginger can help fight cancer cells.
- Cardamom can be found in virtually every Tibetan medicine & aids digestion & supports the immune system. Cardamom detoxifies the body, improve circulation and may also fight respiratory allergies.
- Cinnamon has antibacterial and antioxidant effects. Cinnamon has vital digestive properties that may also help balance blood sugar.
- Clove promotes digestion, but it also has analgesic (pain relieving) properties and may help alleviate ulcer pain. In addition, clove has antibacterial properties.
- Black pepper may affect our metabolism positively. A study demonstrated black pepper’s direct influence on fat storage, suggesting that it may be useful to prevent fat accumulation. Black pepper also offers antibacterial and antioxidant support and aids digestion.
- Fennel is an unsuspecting source of antioxidants, also providing Vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Fennel also demonstrates some anti-cancer effects.
- Black Tea is a powerhouse of beneficial antioxidants, also supporting cholesterol control, heart health & strong bones.
"Tea is quiet and our thirst for tea is never far from our craving for beauty." ~James Norwood Pratt