Yay! Monsoons are here… finally! How I love sitting in my balcony, with a piping hot cup of masala chai and some pakoras and just watch it rain. Most of us love doing this, don’t we?
Chai is the most loved beverage all across the country and its made in almost every Indian household. However, with so much being talked about health and nutrition these days, so many of us, who love chai, refrain from having it and shift to green tea. Green tea, no doubt, has various health benefits , but even our simple masala chai is pretty healthy.
Masala chai, is tea infused with an array of spices and condiments like cloves, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper etc, sometimes even fresh mint leaves and lemon grass. Each of these spices or ingredients has its individual health benefits. The use of these spices, in the preparation of the tea, may vary from place to place, person to person, depending of the taste, preference or availability.
So, here are 5 reasons, that will make you have that cup of masala chai……. GUILT FREE 🙂
Perfect home remedy for cold and flu: Masala chai contains cloves, cardamom, ginger, which are known to boost immunity. Black pepper and cinnamon, fight viruses and infections. These spices are good sources of anti-oxidants and contain antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, thus helping to keep common infections at bay.
Improves Digestion: Ginger has been used from ages, to treat common digestion problems and fight nausea. It has a soothing effect on the stomach. Cloves and black pepper trigger the secretion of digestive enzymes in the pancras. Cardamom fights acidity and nausea, gas, heartburn and constipation. Thus, these spices, individually and put together, help in curing digestion problems or ailments of the digestive system.
Relieves pain and reduces inflammation: Most of the spices in the masala chai have anti inflammatory properties. Cloves and cinnamon have a soothing effect. Cloves have local anesthetic and antiseptic properties, whereas ginger is known as a herbal alternative to anti-inflammatory drugs. It has been used in traditional medicine for reducing inflammation.
Relieves Menustrual pain: If it’s that time of the month and you’re feeling dull and are in pain, because of the cramps, having a cup of masala chai is a great idea. A cup of masala chai, is an amazing home remedy to relieve period pain. It helps in calming down the nerves and makes one feel fresh. Masala chai contains ginger which, according to the studies, is known to be effective in relieving menstrual pain. Clove, cinnamon, cardamom in the chai, are natural painkillers and thus, help in lowering the pain due to menstrual cramps.
Helps in weight loss: Can you associate masala chai with losing weight?? Well, it is true! The ginger, black pepper and the cardamom in the masala chai, aid digestion. These spices in the chai, help boost the metabolism. A good metabolism helps one to lose those extra pounds.
Over and above all of these, I personally feel, having a cup of chai makes you feel so fresh, lively and energetic. It helps you rejuvenate after a long, tiring day. So, next time you feel like having a cup of masala chai, don’t hesitate. Go ahead and have it, guilt-free.