TURMERIC FOR MAXIMUM HEALTH BENEFITS

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Is Turmeric Good For You?

Turmeric is an Indian spice related to the ginger plant and boasts many known health benefits. Often misspelled as Tumeric, it’s considered in India to be Holy. In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has been used as a treatment for several internal disorders including indigestion, throat infections, common colds, even liver issues. It’s been suggested that turmeric may contribute to the possible slowing down of Alzheimers disease symptems and may be beneficial for the skin.

The main active ingredient in turmeric is Curcumin.

Curcumin is a naturally strong antioxidant, well known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. For this reason, it’s popularity has grown as a dietary supplement as means of assisting with joint issues such as arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
As cited by Michigan Medicine University of Michigan:
A preliminary trial in people with rheumatoid arthritis found curcumin to be somewhat useful for reducing inflammation and symptoms such as pain and stiffness.8 A separate double-blind trial found that curcumin was superior to placebo or phenylbutazone (an NSAID) for alleviating post-surgical inflammation.
What many people don’t realise however, is that the level of Curcumin present in the turmeric in your pantry is not necessarily very high. How can you tell?

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NUS Latest Research Suggests Drinking Tea May Help Protect Against Dementia.

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Drinking tea is good for you, we all know that! The many health benefits have been widely documented over the years but latest research relates specifically to the impact drinking tea can have on dementia. The National University of Singapore released findings on 16th March 2017 regarding the regular consumption of tea as beneficial in protecting against this debilitating disease.

The study, led by Assistant Professor Feng Lei from the Department of Psychological Medicine at National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, found that not only was tea beneficial for keeping cognitive decline at bay, it was even more so for those with a genetic predisposition to the disease.

The longitudinal study involving 957 Chinese seniors aged 55 years or older has found that regular consumption of tea lowers the risk of cognitive decline in the elderly by 50 per cent, while APOE e4 gene carriers who are genetically at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease may experience a reduction in cognitive impairment risk by as much as 86 per cent.

These findings also suggest that all varieties of tea have this positive affect, as long as you brew from the leaves. This is great news! It means that whether you’re a black tea lover, a green tea or oolong lover, your brain function will benefit from each cup!

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Read the full report here.

 

Source:

  1. http://news.nus.edu.sg/press-releases/tea-protects-elderly-cognitive-decline

 

Why You Should Be Drinking Tulsi “Tea”

QTea Detox TeaWhat Is Tulsi?

Tulsi, also know as Holy Basil, is an Indian herb cultivated by Hindus as a “Sacred plant”. It’s been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine for its diverse healing properties. In the Ayurvedic system of health, Tulsi is believed to prolong longevity and is regarded as an “elixir of life”. How beautiful is that?

Tulsi is a tonic, for the body, mind and spirit. It’s considered to be an adaptogen. This means that it can improve adrenal system health and help to balance different processes within the body.

What Are Adaptogens?

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Which Cinnamon Are You Eating…

…And Is All Cinnamon Good For You?
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True Sri Lankan Cinnamon Verum

NO, not all cinnamon is good for you!

It’s come to our attention recently that there is a common misconception surrounding the use of the spice Cinnamon, and a large number of consumers aren’t aware of the different varieties.

Sri Lankan Cinnamon Verum vs Cinnamon Cassia

Most of the cinnamon found in our foods and purchased from supermarkets is known as Cinnamon Cassia (Cinnamomum Cassia). It is by far the most commonly used cinnamon. This is not “true” cinnamon, but a noticably cheaper imitation and not from the same plant as Cinnamon Verum.

Sri Lankan Cinnamon Verum (Cinnamomum zeylanicum / Cinnamomum Verum) is often referred to as “True Cinnamon”. It tastes more mild and subtle, and a little sweeter than cassia.

There is a naturally occurring flavour substance in cinnamon called coumarin. The levels of coumarin in cassia are naturally occurring in far greater levels than the levels found in cinnamon verum.

Is This A Big Deal?

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COOKING WITH TEA – Corned Silverside with Tulsi

THINK TEA IS JUST FOR DRINKING?

As the popularity of tea as a beverage has inceased, so has the concept of using tea and tisanes as ingredients when cooking. We’ve been using some culinary creativity in the kitchen recently and have come up with a few delicious recipes using our QT range of tea. Here is our first – it’s definitely a winner!

SLOW COOKED CORNED SILVERSIDE WITH TULSI

Technically we haven’t used a “tea” in this recipe, we’ve used our Tulsi Detox herbal blend, which is known as a tisane (a herbal infusion or beverage to be brewed and consumed as a tea, most often with health benefits)

Tulsi (or Holy Basil) is an Indian herb known as “The Elixer of Life”. It’s traditionally been cultivated as a Sacred Plant and has been used for thousands of years for it’s healing/Ayurvedic properties. Tulsi is known as an adaptogen, balancing different processes within the body, and aiding stress and depression.

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Slow Cooked Corned Silverside with QT Tea Co Tulsi Detox Herbal Blend

Exact measurements for this recipe aren’t necessary, it’s easy, so just go with the flow, no need to be a master chef!

We experimented with a couple of tablespoons of our Tulsi Detox herbal blend & corned silverside in the slow cooker. Add a chopped onion, carrots & celery, brown sugar, a good splash of verjuice, a few bay leaves & sprigs of thyme, slices of lemon, and two cups of water.

Slow cook on low for 8 hours and voila!

DELICIOUS! AND SO EASY!

Cooking with tea opens up a whole new world of culinary possibilities and as this recipe shows, it doesn’t need to be difficult or time consuming to be yummy!

ENJOY!