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Saturday, February 23, 2013

What's in my tea cup...

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It's a chilly afternoon and I've got a hot cup of chai in my hands. It consists of a special homemade blend of chai tea delivered as a gift from a dear friend. This blend is called "Coconut Assam Chai Tea." The coconut is a subtle top note, while the spices provide a heavy base note.
The term chai simply means tea; however, in the States it typically refers to a traditional spiced tea from India. Traditionally, it is made with milk. The fat in the milk can actually increase the absorption of certain phytochemicals in the spices.
Green tea is commonly touted for its benefits in supporting the immune system of cancer patients. However, many of my oncology patients tell me they do not care for the taste of green tea. Chai can be a great tasting alternative to green tea. Many of the spices are warming and also contain immune supportive phytochemicals. Many chai blends also contain ginger, which may stimulate the appetite by promoting gastric emptying and by quelling nausea.
To learn more about the healing properties of chai, check out my favorite article about chai written by Dr. Tina Kaczor in the Natural Medicine Journal-- http://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/article_content.asp?article=91.  

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