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The Health Benefits of Chai

April 03, 2014 1

You may have heard that chai tea is a healthy alternative to coffee but why has chai been used for thousands for years to promote health and well-being? It turns out the delicious blend of tea, herbs, and spices has an impressive list of health benefits. Antioxidants & Disease Prevention: Chai is full of antioxidants and has plenty of preventative properties.  Antioxidants, such as catechins, work to protect the cells from free radicals and there is evidence to support that the polyphenols in tea inhibit tumor growth. Consumption of chai has been shown to reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.   Metabolism: Regular consumption of chai spices stimulates digestion and pancreating enzymes. Spices like black pepper also help the breakdown of fat cells.   Anti-inflammatory: Cloves and spices contained in chai, like cinnamon and ginger, all have anti-inflammatory properties.   Energy:  Chai provides a natural, healthy energy boost. While chai recipes generally contain black tea, and therefore caffeine, the spices result in a more balanced release of energy to the cells. The spices are also thought to increase circulation, open breathing, increase awareness, and reduced fatigue.   Digestion: Chai tea is traditionally taken after meals and known to aid digestion. The spices in chai also prevent bloating and gas by encouraging movement through the gastrointestinal system.   Chai is also reputed to be an aphrodisiac for those looking to add a little spice to their day.   Trying to get your chai fix? Our Chai Squeezuccino is a great way to begin the day. I enjoy mine with ice. Chai  



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