One of my favorite rituals are medicinal teas. As someone with an autoimmune condition and a family history of autoimmunity, I incorporate anti-inflammatory rituals into my days.
One of these is turmeric tea. I use a high potency concentrated liquid herbal formula (Turmeric Tonic by Vitanica) containing turmeric root and black pepper to improve turmeric absorption. It also contains ginger, which has its own benefits for digestion and inflammation.
I like to mix it with warm water and a few drops of vanilla stevia. Turmeric (Curcuma long) is known to have anti-inflammatory properties, and has been used in Ayurveda for 5000+ years.
There are 7000+ studies on PubMed that include turmeric. Turmeric root, specifically, has a number of pharmacologically active compounds which have medicinal properties. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects – protecting against DNA damage. It inhibits NF-kB, a major switch in the cells that can activate genes associated with inflammation and cell division.
Thousands of preclinical studies suggest curcumin’s anti-tumor action and protection against DNA damage. It may also have protective effects against atherosclerosis (plaque build up in arteries) in part by reducing cholesterol absorption and increasing its conversion to bile acids. Curcumin’s effects on our metabolism, digestion and its antimicrobial activity have been studied as well.