We’re so excited to announce that we’ve won a Nourish Award (again!) for our quality ingredients with a health and wellness focus! Read on to learn more about the recognition and why our Masala Chai spices are thought to be so good for you.
The Nourish Awards are the UK’s leading health food awards, with experts judging food and beverages based on quality of ingredients and health and wellness benefits. Masala Chai received a Silver Award in the Tea, Coffee & Hot Drinks category, and we’re in good company with other beverages crafted with healthy ingredients made to help people live better!
It’s especially exciting because our Masala Chai blend was specially crafted using our family recipes that have been passed down for generations. These recipes use spices both for flavour and for health benefits, spices like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, and black pepper.
Curious to know how these spices might be helpful for things like digestion, congestion, blood pressure, and more? Read on for a breakdown of the potential masala (spice) benefits!
Cinnamon originates from Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Indonesia. It’s potential benefits include lowering blood sugar, helping to lower cholesterol and improve heart health, antifungal and antibacterial properties, antiviral properties that may help treat colds and flu, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Plus, it’s just delicious. The cinnamon in our chai gives it a natural sweetness and just breathing in a hot cuppa can instantly comfort you. We like to think of cinnamon as the “warm hug” part of our chai!
Ginger originates from China, India, and Nigeria. It’s a super spice, one that families have been adding to their food for centuries not just for flavour but also for the medicinal properties it is thought to have. These include the ability to improve circulation, alleviate stomach discomfort, reduce inflammation, clear colds and sinus pain, and the ability to help relieve menstrual discomfort.
Cardamom originates in Guatemala and gives our Masala Chai a delicious sweetness. It is thought to have digestive properties, helping to reduce bloating and intestinal gas. It’s also antimicrobial – it may help to fight infection, including in teeth and gums. It may help to lower cholesterol and has the potential to improve blood circulation! Cardamom is used in many different cuisines across the world, both in food and hot drinks, and adding this to your diet is not only healthy – it’s a treat.
Black pepper originates in Sri Lanka and is popular for its kick of flavour, but also for the potential benefits. Black pepper is thought to help improve nutrient absorption, digestion, and weight loss. It has the potential to stimulate appetite, relieve gas, and help clear congestion. Our Masala Chai has the perfect amount of black pepper: not too much, not too little, just enough for a spicy kick.
Cloves originate in Indonesia and Madagascar. They’re thought to enhance circulation, digestion, and metabolism and may help with gas, bloating, and nausea. Cloves are anti-inflammatory as well! Masala Chai brewed with cloves packs a bit of a spicy punch that balances well with the sweetness of cardamom and cinnamon. You’ll also find cloves in many South Asian dishes – it’s a favourite.
Originating in Turkey and Egypt, anise is a unique spice thought to ease indigestion and bloating. It may help boost your immune system as well. Anise gives our masala chai a hint of warmth and sweetness!
Disclaimer: This blog post does not contain medical advise or guidelines. Please consult your GP if you have any questions or concerns.