Rains, the enchanting wet smell of mud and the cool breeze can stir up the desire for a hot cup of tea. “Zyada chai peeyoge to kale ho jaoge”, the very next minute we are reminded of these words from grandma and a conflict between craving and aversion begins.
Many of us can only wake up after a hot cup of freshly brewed tea. L- theanine is an amino acid found in tea which relaxes the brain but does not cause drowsiness, a reason enough for the kick one gets after drinking a hot cup of tea, unlike tannin.
EGCG- Epigallocatechin gallate is the most abundant catechin found in tea, a polyphenol that helps reduces allergies. It is also known to have anti vial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Quercetin- a flavonoid, an antioxidant, found in tea again, is known for reducing cholesterol, fighting inflammation, reducing the attack of free radicals and avoiding the release of histamines in the body, thus, preventing the onset of cold, cough, and fatigue.
The Goodness Of Masala Tea
The tangy flavor of tea gets us Indians addicted to the cuppa of masala chai. The spices used in tea are “sattvic” or calming, vitalizing.
Cardamom is known to aid in digestion. Cinnamon increases blood circulation improves vitality and reduces fatigue. Nutmeg is known for years for relieving digestion and sciatica. Black Pepper can help provide relief from symptoms of a chronic cold. Ginger, known to have antihistamine properties is helpful in treating allergies and colds.
However, while consuming this hot brew, one needs to remember that its caffeine content in one cup is around 14-60 mg. If consumed excessively, it can provide a jolt of energy! Also, too much tea can lead to anxiety, restlessness and eventually lead to difficulty in sleeping. It is also noted that one can get addicted to this stimulant and an event of unavailability can cause irritability in a person.
Consuming more can also disrupt your goal to lose weight, as the milk consumption can go up more than the required portion for the day. Hence, it’s wise to restrict this garam pyali to not more than 2-3 cups a day.
About Pooja Bhargava
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