A Cup of Traditional Masala Chai in a Day Keeps Stress at Bay!
We all know the old proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” However, in today’s era of heightened stress levels, traditional Masala tea or ‘Chai’ has become an essential part of our life. Masala chai is known to have numerous health benefits that can help us tackle our daily stress levels.
What is Masala Chai?
In the Indian subcontinent, tea or ‘chai’ is not just a simple cup of brewed leaves and water. Commonly referred to simply as ‘chai’, this tea is known in the west as Masala chai. This traditional drink is a combination of black tea brewed with spices(masala), usually including cardamom, ginger, pepper, cloves, cinnamon sticks and sometimes nutmeg along with cream and/or fresh milk.
Benefits of Drinking Masala Chai
Masala chai is known to offer a range of health benefits;
- Strengthens Immunity: The majority of the spices used in chai tea possesses immune-boosting properties such as antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal qualities. Many of the spices like cardamom, ginger, cinnamon have strong antioxidant properties that help reduce inflammation and provide a shield of protection to your immune system.
- Relieves Stress: Masala chai is known to be beneficial in stress relief. The strong aroma of spices in the tea can in itself help reduce stress levels. The addition of milk helps boost the nerve-regulating amino acid tryptophan in the body which leads to lower stress levels.
- Reduces Cholesterol: Chai contains natural antioxidants that help reduce cholesterol levels. Studies suggest that chai helps to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) in the blood.
- Improves Digestive Health: The strong aromatic spices used in chai tea can help improve digestion. Traditional chai contains ginger, cardamom, and other digestive spices. These spices help reduce inflammation in the stomach, promote regular bowel movements, relieve bloating and prevent indigestion.
Masala chai is not only delicious but is also packed with many important active components and health benefits that can help in reducing stress and strengthening our body. It is an essential part of the soulful Indian culture and a great way to go about our daily lives. So whatever the situation, just grab a cup of traditional masala chai and enjoy its bliss as it helps you to unwind, recharge, and relax your way through the day.