Is Turmeric Tea the Most Popular Drink for Inflammation?

By Josh Hall
Hilary Hahn

There’s a reason why tea is the world’s second most popular drink behind water. This versatile beverage can be hot or cold, sweetened or unsweetened, caffeinated or decaffeinated, served with accompaniments like lemon or without, and consumed at breakfast or at bedtime. Spanning generations and continents, tea is universally beloved for its ability to hit the spot just when (and how) we need it. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that a spot of tea can do much more than just warm us up or cool us down. In fact, selections like turmeric tea boast an impressive array of benefits beyond its unique flavor. If you’re curious to learn more about turmeric tea, grab a cup of what we’re brewing and sip on this.

What is Turmeric Tea?

If you had a chance to read our last piece on turmeric powder, you should be familiar with the exploits of the so-called golden spice. Native to Southeast Asia, turmeric powder derives from turmeric plant roots called rhizomes that get harvested, boiled, dried, and ground into the yellowy-orange spice most of us know and love. It’s frequently used as a component of curry dishes that are popular across the globe. 

Because curcumin—the active ingredient in turmeric—has low bioavailability, turmeric tea is one of the most effective ways to ingest the spice since most recipes use grated root or pure turmeric powder. Some online shops and retail stores also sell fermented turmeric, which is an even stronger antioxidant than traditional turmeric powder. Tea lovers can also add this product to hot water to make their own turmeric tea. 

The benefits found in turmeric are both plentiful and powerful. It can fight inflammation, act as an antioxidant, and potentially fight certain types of cancer, among others. 

How to Prepare Turmeric Tea

You probably won’t be digging into any cookbooks for the next great turmeric tea recipe or brushing up on any cooking masterclasses. In fact, if you’ve ever boiled water before, you’re qualified to make turmeric tea. The basic recipe is as follows: Bring 4 cups of water to a boil and add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to the pot. Reduce the heat and let simmer for a minimum of 10 minutes before straining using a sieve. 

That’s it. That’s the recipe.

Now, there are some things you should know about turmeric tea before you brew your first batch. First, some might consider it to be an acquired taste. It has both an Earthy aroma and flavor, so you might prefer to add lemon or raw honey to the mix. There’s also what’s called a creamy turmeric tea, which uses coconut or almond milk, along with cayenne pepper, finely chopped fresh ginger root, and a sweetener to make it more palatable.

As with any supplements, bioavailability is the name of the game, so anything you can do to increase the absorption is a plus. Turmeric For Health suggests adding ground black pepper to your turmeric tea to help your body receive more of its abundant benefits.

Who Should Drink Turmeric Tea?

Turmeric tea is generally considered safe to drink since turmeric powder is well-tolerated in normal doses by most people who consume it. There are also many benefits to drinking turmeric tea, such as the ability to reduce pain, boost the immune system, and reduce cardiovascular risks. With its many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, there are an array of possibilities with this beverage.

However, some studies have proven that taking too much turmeric or curcumin can cause stomach fullness or pain. Ingesting excess amounts of turmeric can also cause your blood to thin, so if you’re already on a blood-thinning medication, it’s best to pass on turmeric tea for now. 

There’s also a negative correlation to both pregnancy and fertility with turmeric, so if you’re either pregnant or trying to get pregnant, you should replace your turmeric tea with another beverage your doctor thinks is more suitable for your situation.

Parting Words on Turmeric Tea

Like other teas we’ve written about, including lavender tea and CBD-infused tea, turmeric tea holds a great deal of promise. The powder you would use to make a pot of turmeric tea is also inexpensive and readily available, which makes this drink a winner for many people looking to do more than just quench their thirst. The addition of sweetened or flavored cream, honey, coconut milk, or lemon can also make this tea as tasty as it is beneficial. Happy brewing!

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