healthy herbal teas worth buying to reduce inflammation and ease sore muscles

George Morris Physio Wigan

healthy herbal teas worth buying to reduce inflammation and ease sore muscles

Turmeric tea

Turmeric originates from the root of the curcuma longa, a flowering plant that forms part of the ginger family. Turmeric tea has anti-inflammatory properties due to the presence of its active ingredient curcumin, says Bond. Curcumin also gives turmeric its striking bright yellow colour.

‘There is documented evidence of benefit for curcumin in osteoarthritis. Some preliminary research indicates that curcumin may reduce accumulation of amyloids linked to development of Alzheimer’s disease,’ he says. ‘And in a 2007 review, there is speculation that turmeric may have immune health benefits.’

Nettle tea

Nettle, or stinging nettle, has been a staple in herbal medicine for centuries. The stem and underside of its leaves are covered in needle hairs that release chemicals that cause a stinging sensation when touched. Despite being tricky to handle, nettle is associated with a wealth of health benefits.

“Nettle tea is high in plant polyphenols and traditionally used to treat pain and sore muscles,’ says Bond. ‘Nettle may benefit urinary health. A 2013 trial in 100 men with benign prostatic hyperplasia found that those who consumed nettle had fewer clinical symptoms than those who had the placebo.’

Nettle tea may also help to improve blood sugar level control among people with diabetes. ‘A trial in 92 people with type 2 diabetes found that nettle three times daily reduced blood glucose and HBA1c as well as blood pressure,’ he says.

Holy basil tea

Also known as tulsi or ‘queen of herbs’, holy basil is a green leafy plant native to Southeast Asia. Every part of the plant, including the leaves, stems, and seeds, are used therapeutically. Holy basil tea is considered to have a wide range of health promoting properties, says Bond.

‘Both laboratory and human studies indicate that it has anti-inflammatory properties that could benefit cardiovascular and metabolic health in terms of lowering blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure,’ he says. ‘It may fight inflammation by inhibiting COX-1 and COX-2 inhibitors – the mechanism of action for some anti-inflammatory painkillers.’

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