Some health benefits associated with chai tea are digestive support, lowering of blood sugar, cancer prevention and cardiovascular support, reports SFGate. Chai tea's health benefits result from its medicinally active ingredients, such as cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom and black pepper.
One of the health benefits of chai tea is the anti-inflammatory effects that are provided by cloves, explains SFGate. Eugenol, a component of cloves, relieves gum pain and general inflammation. Ginger and cinnamon also have anti-inflammatory components that work with the eugenol in cloves to increase the efficiency of chai tea as a natural alternative to anti-inflammatory medications.
Another health benefit of chai tea is digestive support, notes SFGate. Black pepper in chai tea encourages the pancreas to secrete digestion enzymes so fats and proteins are digested faster. The anti-nausea properties of ginger and the digestive stimulant properties of cinnamon work with black pepper to promote healthy digestion.
Chai tea also contains a large amount of antioxidants that promote cardiovascular health and help prevent cancer, according to SFGate. The black tea in chai tea is a powerful antioxidant that prevents damage to cells and body tissues. Piperine, the main active component of black pepper, is also a powerful antioxidant. Cardamom lowers blood pressure, reduces other cardiovascular health risks and has antioxidant effects against non-melanoma skin cancer.