“Antioxidant powerhouse, digestion booster, energy booster, immune booster…Chai Tea is a super food! “
– Kristen Napolitano
The Many Benefits of Chai Tea
The Skylite cafe has recently added Chai tea lattes (hot and cold) and Chai tea shakes to our menu! Chai tea has gained widespread popularity not only for being delicious but also for its numerous health benefits. This aromatic infusion of black tea leaves and a blend of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves offers a unique combination of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and various health-boosting components that make it more than just a comforting drink.
First and foremost, chai tea is a rich source of antioxidants. Black tea, one of the main ingredients in chai, contains compounds known as polyphenols, which have been associated with a range of health benefits. These antioxidants help combat free radicals in the body, reducing oxidative stress and lowering the risk of chronic diseases. The spices in chai, such as cinnamon and cloves, further increase its antioxidant properties. These spices are also known for their anti-inflammatory effects, which can help reduce inflammation and associated health issues.
Additionally, chai tea contains ginger, known for its digestive benefits. Ginger has been used for centuries to alleviate gastrointestinal discomfort, nausea, and indigestion. Drinking chai tea can provide relief from digestive issues and promote a healthy gut.
Lowers Blood Pressure
The cardamom in chai tea has been shown to help lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart disease. This spice, along with others in chai, contributes to the overall cardiovascular benefits of this beverage.
Chai tea also offers a natural energy boost without the excessive caffeine in many other beverages. While chai does contain caffeine from the black tea leaves, it is typically lower in caffeine compared to coffee. This means you can enjoy the stimulating effects of caffeine without the jitters and crashes often associated with high-caffeine drinks. The combination of caffeine and spices in chai can provide mental alertness and increased focus.
Another notable benefit of chai tea is its immune-boosting properties. The combination of spices in chai, particularly ginger, cloves, and cardamom, can strengthen the immune system and provide defense against common illnesses like colds and flu. These spices have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help the body fight off infections.
And It’s At The Skylite Cafe!
Incorporating a cup of chai tea into your daily routine can be a flavorful and healthful addition to your lifestyle. So, the next time you reach for a beverage, consider the many advantages of sipping on a warm and comforting cup of chai tea from the Skylite cafe. Your body will thank you for it.
About the Author
Among her many roles, Kristen Napolitano manages the Skylight Cafe at Fitness Incentive