Drink up gut wellness with CCF tea

CCF Tea: Ayurvedic Diet Herbs for Weight Loss

Society is becoming more health-conscious. Many of us are turning to all-natural remedies to deal with everyday ailments associated with poor gut health. One growing wellness trend in gut healing recipes is drinking CCF tea. CCF tea is a spicy yet smoky staple of an Ayurvedic diet. It also contains ingredients that help digestive problems and promote weight loss. Let’s learn more about the benefits of this brew and how to make CCF tea.

What is CCF Tea?

CCF tea is a blend of anti-inflammatory Ayurvedic herbs that fight inflammation in the gut. They’re also known to stimulate weight loss. So, what are these miraculous herbs? Let’s discuss the three ingredients that put the CCF in CCF Tea.

Cumin Seeds

Cumin seeds are typically ground into the cumin spice we associated with Middle Eastern culinary staples. They are derived from the Cuminum cyminum plant, which is native to Asia.

Boosts Digestive Enzymes

Research suggests that cumin seeds are an excellent addition to tea for digestive health. It promotes the growth of many pivotal digestive enzymes 1.

Some of the enzymes enhanced by CCF tea include:

  • Amylase
  • Protease
  • Lipase
  • Phytase

    Amylase is one of the digestive enzymes responsible for breaking down carbohydrates that makes us gain weight 2. Meanwhile, lipase helps us blast fats that accumulate along the waistline.

    Improves Symptoms of IBS

    57 patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) participated in a study with cumin oil 3. Cumin oil is derived from cumin seeds. When you seep cumin seeds in hot water for CCF tea, these nutrients seep into the brew.

    The study noted that,

    “Abdominal pain, bloating, incomplete defecation, fecal urgency and presence of mucus discharge in stool were statistically significant decreased during and after treatment with Cumin extract. Stool consistency and defecation frequency were also both statistically significant improved in patients with constipation dominant pattern of IBS.”

    Middle East J Dig Dis

    One of the primary compounds in cumin seeds in cuminaldehyde. This potent compound has antiallergic and antioxidant properties 4. Experts hypothesize this compound plays a significant role in the benefits of CCF tea for IBS.

    Coriander Seeds

    The second ingredient in CCF tea is coriander seeds. They are derived from the Coriandrum sativum plant. Like cumin seeds, coriander is also a part of the parsley family. In fact, the stems and leaves of coriander are used as cilantro.

    Fight Fungal Infections

    If you get frequent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), get your pinky up with some CCF tea. Coriander seeds are 1 of 26 Ayurvedic herbs that in vitro studies show helps fight off the frequency of UTIs 5.

    Improve Mental Health

    Many of us enjoy herbal teas for relaxing at the end of the day. Coriander seeds can help provide that relief through the gut-brain-axis. One animal study looked at the benefits of coriander seeds for anxiety in comparison to prescription medication, Diazepam 6.

    Results noted that coriander seeds exhibited anxiolytic traits. Experts hypothesized that this effect was due to the amount of linalool in coriander seeds.

    Linalool is a potent terpene responsible for many of the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. Seeing as up to 70% of the essential oils in coriander seeds is linalool, it’s no wonder people drink CCF tea for anxiety!

    Immune-Boosting Properties

    Coriander seeds are also amazing for boosting your immune system naturally. They are rich in antioxidants that help fight off free radicals that cause inflammation in the gut.

    Some of these antioxidants, in particular, are especially supportive of the immune system, such as:

    • Terpinene
    • Quercetin
    • Tocopherols

    By drinking CCF tea, you can help arm your immune system to fight off pathogenic bacteria and opportunistic viruses 6.

    Fennel Seeds

    Fennel seeds are the final ingredient in CCF tea. They are derived from a Mediterranean plant that goes by the scientific name of Foeniculum vulgare. It’s a member of the carrot family and has a licorice-like flavor.

    Anti-inflammatory Benefits

    Fennel seeds have over 28 known essential oil compounds. One unique terpene that belongs to this Ayurvedic herb is anethole. Research shows that this compound has a significant influence on the NF-kB and TNF-α signaling pathway 7.

    Our NF-kB and TNF-α pathway influences:

    • Cell Proliferation
    • Cell Differentiation
    • Apoptosis
    • Fat Metabolism
    • Blood Coagulation
    This fennel seed compound has also exhibited neuroprotective, antimicrobial, and anticancer properties 8.

    Suppress Appetite

    The reason why fennel is one of the most effective Ayurvedic herbs for weight loss is that it helps curb your appetite.

    One study involving nine women compared the appetites of women who drank a placebo tea and women who had 8.5 ounces of tea with 2mg of fennel seeds 9.

    Results found those who consume fennel tea were significantly less hungry. Experts believe the credit belongs to our old friend, anethole.

    How to Make CCF Tea

    You don’t really need any more convincing to drink CCF tea. So, now it’s time to make the brew. Making CCF Tea is simple, fun, and affordable. Here’s how!

    CCF Tea Recipe

    • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
    • 1/2 tsp Coriander Seeds
    • 1/2 tsp Fennel Seeds
    • 4 cups Distilled Water

    1. Place all the ingredients into a small saucepan.

    2. Cover the pan with a lid.

    3. Allow to boil for about five minutes.

    4. Strain the tea into a mug.

    What Does CCF Tea Taste Like?

    CCF tea has a bite that spice lovers would love. However, it’s not too intense for people with a sensitive tongue. The cumin has a smoky, earth-like tone. At times, there’s a bit of a cinnamon aftertaste that can be credited to this savory Ayurvedic herb.

    That spice is complimented by the zest of coriander. Coriander has a citrusy note that’s accentuated by slightly bitter peppery nuances.

    Lastly, the fennel adds a tart and tangy twist to the tea. You can easily add some fresh lime juice, lemon slice, or cinnamon stick to change up the flavor profiles.

    How to Incorporate CCF Tea Into My Routine

    When ingredients like cumin, coriander, and fennel aren’t a part of your everyday life, it might never cross your mind to make a CCF tea. Sometimes you need a little nudge in the right direction. Let us be that nudge!

    At Ombre, we have hundreds of recipes that including gut healing foods. We give you insights as to how they can improve your particular gut bacteria.
    Simply take an at-home gut test to determine which foods are right for your gut microbiome. Then, make the recipes we suggest to meet your wellness goals. 

    So, if you’re all tea’d out. We have plenty of more recipes that will get your gut in shape in no time!


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