Coffee and tea are practically staples in every college student’s diet. However, too much coffee can never be a good thing for your mind and body (not to mention your wallet). While it provides students with the necessary caffeine to jump start their day, sometimes it is a good idea to take a break from it.

Masala chai is a great alternative, and actually provides many inherent health benefits. Masala chai originates from India and is a blend of spiced black tea and milk. The black tea is rich in antioxidants, and the spices have been used for many years to promote general health as well as peace of mind.

Here are the 3 spices that make Masala chai not only delicious, but a health-boosting source of caffeine:


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Cardamom is a spice that comes in three types: black, green, and Madagascar. The spice is known to benefit the lungs, kidneys, and heart while boosting mood. It also provides gastrointestinal protection, improves cardiovascular health, and helps keep cholesterol levels in check.


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Ginger is a prevalent ingredient in Indian and Asian cuisine and is known to stimulate the circulatory and immune systems. It is also known to reduce muscle pain and soreness, as well as treat indigestion. Finally… for the ladies, ginger is also known to significantly reduce menstrual pain.


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Cinnamon is one of the healthiest spices in the world and is well-known for its high concentration of antioxidants. It increases circulation and awareness while reducing fatigue. Moreover, it can help lower blood sugar levels and the risk for heart disease.

Want to make your own cup of masala chai? Try this recipe.