Have you ever heard of golden milk? This beverage has gained quite popularity over the past few years, and for a very good reason. Some people choose to end their day with a warm cup of golden milk, while others enjoy it in the morning as the perfect swap for coffee.
For those who are not familiar with this drink, it is worth mentioning that it is not milk at all, meaning not in the dairy sense. It is made up of coconut milk and turmeric spice as key ingredient. Some variations of the recipe even call for coconut oil.
Turmeric has been long used and appreciated for its medicinal properties, but in the U.S people still rarely consume it. Golden milk is the best way to change this, as each cup of this soothing beverage yields a dose of this “spice of life”.
Turmeric Has Over 150 Potentially Therapeutic Activities
Turmeric offers countless benefits, which is one of the reasons why people in India refer to it as the “spice of life”. Both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine used this golden spice to treat skin problems, sprained muscles, joint pain, wound healing, liver disease, and respiratory ailments.
The benefits of turmeric have been well documented, and curcumin, its bioactive ingredient, has been shown to promote health and prevent the onset of various health conditions. As a matter of fact, it has over 150 therapeutic activities, such as potent anti-cancer, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
It has been found that curcumin works on multiple levels and has wide-ranging mechanisms of action, which explains why it acts as such potent medicine. Specifically, researchers have discovered that curcumin has the ability to modulate over 160 different physiological pathways, make the cell`s membranes more orderly, modulate over 700 genes, and interact with histone, DNA and RNA, inflammatory molecules, different carrier proteins and metal ions, cell survival proteins, and human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV1) integrase and protease.
What Might You Gain By Sipping on Golden Milk?
Golden milk is extremely nutritious and healthy beverage, offering a wide plethora of health benefits. Among them are:
- Prevents liver damage
- Protects against fibrosis and pulmonary toxicity
- Stimulates the secretion of bile
- Accelerates wound healing
- Suppresses tumor growth
- Protects against cataracts
- Suppresses symptoms of type II diabetes
- Suppresses symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
- Suppresses thrombosis
- Suppresses symptoms of multiple sclerosis
- Suppresses symptoms of Alzheimer`s disease
- Inhibits HIV replication
- Promotes healthy cholesterol levels
Combining turmeric or turmeric-spiced food and beverages with black pepper boosts curcumin`s bioavailability (absorption) by 2,000%.
Golden Milk Recipe
Ingredients For Turmeric Paste:
- ½ cup of filtered water
- ¼ cup of turmeric powder
- a pinch of ground black pepper
Mix the ingredients in a small saucepan, turn the heat to medium, and stir the mixture until it turns into a thick paste. Allow it to cool down and store in the refrigerator.
Ingredients For Making Golden Milk:
- 1 cup of coconut, hemp, or almond milk
- ¼ teaspoon of turmeric paste
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- Raw honey, to taste
Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan, except for the honey. Again, turn the heat to medium and stir all the time, not allowing the mixture to reach a boiling point. Add honey, to taste.