Gud wali Chai – health in a cup of tea

As the temperature continues to drop, one of the winter favorites we all rely on to stay warm is gud wali chai. It’s not a pure indulgence but a great way to boost health during winters. Nutritionist, Lovneet Batra shares her secret recipe of Gud wali Chai and its health benefits.

1.      Black Tea:

o   It contains the amino acid L-theanine, which leads to a relaxed yet alert state of mind. So, for a long day at work, black tea can help you stay alert and calm at the same time.

o   Black tea contains a lot of polyphenols which contribute to its antioxidant properties.

o   These polyphenols can also have a protective effect on the cardiovascular system and support good heart health.

o   Theaflavins in black tea is also known to promote fat breakdown.

o   Due to the presence of a catechin called epigallocatechin gallate, Black tea is known to enhance the use of insulin in the body.

2.      Tulsi:

Tulsi is worshiped in India, and there are strong scientific reasons for that!

o   It helps normalize blood glucose, blood pressure, and lipid levels.

o   It also manages psychological stress by boosting positive effects on memory and brain function and through its anxiety-relieving and antidepressant properties

o   It is known to have protective properties against harmful radiations. Two flavonoids, namely, orientin and vicenin, have the potential to save us from radiation-induced genetic changes.

o   It supports our liver function by improving the metabolic breakdown and elimination of dangerous chemicals in the blood and counteracts various liver diseases.

o   It helps in controlling asthma and bronchitis with its anti-allergic and immunity-boosting function. It revives the lungs and prevents fevers specific to the rainy season such as malaria.

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