I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Thailand with my family. Apart from the sweltering heat of the summer months, I had the privilege of enjoying local cuisine, especially street food. I have been a fan of Thai food for years, and the experience I had was certainly a memorable
One spice I noted that they add in almost everything was lemongrass. Apart from its pungent smell and remarkable taste, lemongrass has a number of health benefits, especially as a tea.
Lemongrass tea is a common drink available in Bangkok. The compounds released by lemongrass into warm water include chlorogenic acid, isoorientin, and swertiajaponin – 3 elements that have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and the capability of fighting free radicals that harm our vital organs.
In one study, drinking lemongrass tea was found to reduce levels of anxiety and stress. The extract of lemongrass has been shown in some animal studies to lower cholesterol levels.
It may help boost immunity, particularly in fighting fungal infections. Chewing on lemongrass stalks is believed to improve dental health and keep the mouth clean. This is because the compounds can inhibit bacterial overgrowth in the mouth. Regular consumption of lemongrass tea can increase your hemoglobin levels and can be used as a treatment for anemia.
Lemongrass may have a ‘diuretic effect’, meaning it pushes the kidneys to produce more urine.
Lemongrass is readily available in India, so why not give lemongrass tea a go today?
Dr Vivek Baliga is a medical practitioner and the director of a diagnostic center – Baliga Diagnostics – in Bangalore. He specializes in diabetes and heart disease, and is a visiting consultant in Internal Medicine at corporate hospitals. He is married and has one son.