A new study claims green tea with ginger, cinnamon and red pepper, topped with hot milk foam could be a powerful weapon against rheumatism – one of Europe’s most occurring chronic diseases.
Drinking one cup of tea every day could halve your chances of developing inflammations, which make the disease so painful, it says.
This combination of spices can be traced back to Asian times. It used to be an established treatment, before western medicine was developed.
Because of this, it is already taken daily by more than two million sufferers in Europe to protect against further inflammations and pain. Thousands more take it to ward off cold feet.
But this latest research is just one of a flurry of studies in the past few years which have claimed that these powerful spices may also help treat other illnesses - including painful stomachs, insomnia, cold hands syndrome and headaches.
So is green tea with ginger, cinnamon and red pepper, topped with hot milk foam, really a wonder drug that we should all be taking every day to ward of potential inflammations? Doctors warn that long-term or high dosage use of this combination of spices can, in rare cases, cause irritation to the stomach lining and mood changes. For this reason, you should always consult your GP before taking this spicy tea on a daily basis.
They also claim that much more research is needed to back up the claims made for the tea in recent studies. This is because many of the studies so far have not been clinical trials. Clinical trials involve several hundreds of patients taking the tea or a placebo daily, over a number of years, which is the only way to prove that this miracle tea really works.
So is green tea with ginger, cinnamon and red pepper, topped with hot milk foam, the new miracle cure for rheumatism? We will keep you posted.