Tazo Organic Chai Tea is a medley of black teas and spices sweetened with cane sugar and honey. Chai is an integral part of Indian culture and streetside vendors brew the hot, milky beverage in the open over charcoal fires. When you imbibe a mug of chai, you also may also reap health benefits from ginger, cardamom and cinnamon. Speak to a medical professional about your health concerns.
Tazo’s Organic Chai Tea features black tea, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom, cloves, star anise, cane sugar and honey. In India, brewed black tea with milk and sugar is referred to as "chai." The spicy tea most Westerners think of as chai is called “masala chai” or spiced tea. Various regions of India have their own special recipe of masala chai. In Kashmir, for instance, masala chai is made with green tea, cinnamon, almonds, saffron, black pepper and cardamom, according to Arzoo Magazine. The medicinal effect of the spices in Tazo Organic Chai Tea will vary with the individual. Tazo Organic Chai Tea is not an adequate replacement for advice and treatment from your doctor.
The ginger plant is native to Asia and is related to turmeric and ginseng. The fresh or dried ground root is used to make tea and as a culinary spice. It is a long-standing Asian medicinal remedy for colds, fever and dyspepsia. Ginger contains phytochemicals called gingerols that can fight viruses and bacteria. In addition, research indicates that ginger may battle chronic illnesses such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, explains Bharat B. Aggarwal, Ph.D., professor of cancer research and author of the 2011 book “Healing Spices."
An expensive spice, the small black cardamom seeds are produced by a plant related to ginger and turmeric. Traditional medical practitioners in India and China have long employed it as a potent remedy for ulcers. According to Aggarwal, cardamom possesses dozens of volatile oils that can ease digestive problems, including flatulence and cramps. In research studies, cardamom appears to stimulate parts of the nervous system connected to saliva production and digestion. A study published in a 2010 issue of the “Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences,” revealed that an extract of cardamom’s essential oil kills microbes, including two types of staphylococcus bacteria.
Long known as an herbal digestive remedy, scientists are investigating cinnamon’s therapeutic uses in the laboratory. For example, researchers have established that this spice can kill the Helicobacter pylori bacteria that cause most gastric ulcers, notes Aggarwal. Moreover, a review article in a 2011 issue of the “Journal of Medicinal Food” found that numerous studies confirmed cinnamon’s ability to lower fasting blood sugar levels in diabetics and prediabetics.
- “Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences”; Antimicrobial Activity of Essential Oil and Various Extracts of Fruits of Greater Cardamom; S. Agnihotri et al.; September 2010
- “Healing Spices: How to Use 50 Everyday and Exotic Spices . . . ”; Bharat B. Aggarwal, Ph.D.; 2011
- Arzoo Magazine: The History of Chai; August 2007
- “Journal of Medicinal Food”; Cinnamon Intake Lowers Fasting Blood Glucose: Meta-Analysis; P.A. Davis et al.; April 2011