With summer hot, hot, hot we thought we’d cool it down with a delicious and nutritious iced latte, so we asked the talented Leonie from The Style Insider to create a winning recipe for us.
It’s packed full of 8 incredible spices with an array of amazing health benefits, from aiding gut health and digestion, reducing cholesterol, pain relief, to aiding cognitive function. We share the potent benefits of these potent ingredients below.
Health benefits of chai spices
Cloves are packed full of fibre, vitamins and minerals – including Vitamin K, for blood clotting, and vitamin C for immune system strengthening – and antioxidants shown to protect against cancer. They also help regulate blood sugar, improve liver and bone heath and have antimicrobial properties.
Nutmeg is a powerful spice shown to boost skin health and healing, aid digestion, improve cognitive function, relieve pain, reduce insomnia, improve blood circulation and elevate immune system function.
Vanilla is a natural appetite suppressant that helps in body metabolism and digestion, as well as reducing cholesterol levels, so great for heart health. Due to potent antioxidants it can stimulate haling, and antibacterial properties lower stress and boost the immune system. Vanilla is also the perfect elixir for colds coating the throat providing an anaesthetic effect with antibacterial properties calming irritation.
Ginger has a stack of incredible health benefits thanks to containing gingerol, a powerful bioactive compound known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Ginger also alleviates nausea and morning sickness, can reduce muscle pain from exercise, joint pain and menstrual pain, it lowers blood sugars and can treat chronic indigestion.
This spice is another antioxidant-packed ingredient with anti-inflammatory properties, can reduce risk of heart disease, reduce insulin resistance, lowers blood sugars, and may even protect neurons, normalise neurotransmitter levels and improve moto function thanks to inhibiting buildup of the protein tau associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Star anise is idea for reducing symptoms of bloating, gas, constipation, indigestion, nausea and cramps. It also aids in the treatment of coughs and the ‘flu thanks to containing thymol, terpineol and anethole.
Cardamom is another potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory associated with lowering blood pressure, helping digestive issues including nausea and vomiting, and reducing ulcers. It also promotes urination so is a strong diuretic. Studies have found that cardamom can reduce cancer rates and protect against chronic diseases and liver inflammation.
This popular spice is another rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties shown to reduce inflammation from arthritis, asthma and allergies, improves blood sugar control, lowers cholesterol and also benefits optimal brain function. They also boost nutrient absorption, aid in gut health and can even reduce appetite.
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