Is Chai Tea Good for You? Yes, and It’s Even Better with Mushrooms
Learn all about the benefits of chai tea, and why our Chaga Chai adds even more to the popular chai drink
Chai tea is a drink made from black tea and an assortment of spices. It has been around for centuries, believed to have originated from Central Asia where it was originally brewed using black tea leaves from China's Fujian province. It is often served with milk and sweetener, in both hot and iced forms. Chai can be made with either water or milk as the liquid base.
The chai tea we provide here at Tamim Teas is different from traditional chai because it features chaga mushroom among other ingredients, including organic cinnamon, organic ginger, organic red rooibos, organic cardamom, organic clove, organic cardamom seeds, organic peppercorn, and organic turmeric.
Let’s take a deeper look into the benefits of chai tea, and specifically, our Chaga Chai.
Is chai tea good for you? Understanding what chai tea does to your body
First and foremost, let’s start with the red rooibos, which provides the base of our Chaga Chai tea. Rooibos has been shown to have antioxidants which help to reduce inflammation and also provide an antispasmodic property . This may be useful to chai drinkers who experience stomach cramps, aches or pains.
The spices in the chai tea recipe help to detoxify your body by stimulating circulation and expelling toxins. Ginger, for instance, has been studied and shown to have some amazing properties like alleviating nausea and vomiting while supporting gastrointestinal function, pain relief, inflammation, metabolic syndromes, among others .
Cardamom is another herbal powerhouse in its own right. According to a study cardamom may help improve glucose intolerance significantly while preventing abdominal fat deposition .
Turmeric is a major source of the polyphenol curcumin, which can be found in a variety of natural health products in your local grocery store or pharmacy. The popularity of this compound has been attributed to its reported benefits to supporting the body against anxiety, arthritis, inflammatory conditions, and metabolic syndrome .
Herbal teas are commonly used because they aid digestion, calm the stomach, and help with nausea or an upset stomach, and it appears that chai may help support the body in similar manners.
Is Chaga Chai tea good for you? A look into chaga mushroom benefits
Chaga has been used traditionally for hundreds of years, however, science has just started to look into this mushroom in studies over the past decade or so. One of the most recent studies conducted back in 2021 listed a variety of potential benefits that chaga may have, including showing anti-fatigue activity and cytotoxicity toward multiple tumor cells .
This study did mention that the “low-toxic property and no obvious side effects” make chaga an attractive mushroom for human consumption .
Is chai tea better for you than coffee?
Chai tea has more health benefits than coffee because it contains more antioxidants, which help to reduce damage to cells caused by free radicals.
Plus, our Chaga Chai is caffeine-free, so you won’t have to worry about the possible negative effects of caffeine that some people experience.
How often should you drink chai tea?
We think you should enjoy our Chaga Chai as much as you would like! It contains organic ingredients, is caffeine free, and has a wonderful spiciness that can go well at any time of the day. Plus, we include chaga mushrooms in our Chaga Chai, so you can enjoy the benefits of this wonderful, functional mushroom at the same time. If you’re not eating enough mushrooms, then why not drink them!