(WellnessNova.com) - Golden Milk is a health bomb. Essentially, it is an India-inspired latte.
This beverage is a stellar friend to have if you want to improve your digestion, give your immune system a boost, and enjoy a tasty drink.
Golden milk is a warming, delicious combination of turmeric, plant milk, coconut oil, and other spices. Seriously, it’s so delicious! Even better, there have been an increasing amount of scientific studies done on the health benefits of the common ingredients added to golden milk.
1. Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric is a root related to ginger. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric that is responsible for its high-esteemed health benefits.
What’s even better? Curcumin is not toxic, so use as much turmeric as you want. Turmeric might just be a miracle spice with all its diverse health benefits:
Anti-inflammatory. Ahhh, the root of all bodily evils. Inflammation of any part of the body can lead to a number of health problems including arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, and thyroid problems. Luckily, curcumin can reduce inflammation by inhibiting different chemical compounds that are part of the inflammation mechanism in the body. Curcumin is also beneficial for preventing inflammation from happening in the first place.
Reduce tumors. Reduce tumors?! Researchers have found that turmeric extract and curcumin actually decreased the growth of animal tumors.
Preventing cancer. In one study, researchers found that curcumin can prevent colon cancer, specifically colon cancer related to inflammation.
Improves digestion. A group of researchers investigating the effects of turmeric extract found promising results. Participants in the study took one or two tablets of turmeric extract daily for eight weeks straight. After the two months, about two-thirds of participants said their Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms improved.
Turmeric pretty much helps the body out with anything else:
- Gastric diseases
- Hepatic diseases
- Infectious diseases
- Intestinal diseases
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Ocular diseases
- Oral cavity diseases
- Pancreatic diseases
- Respiratory diseases
- Skeleto-muscular diseases
- Skin disorders
- Tobacco and cigarette smoke-induced injuries
2. Benefits of Coconuts
Coconuts are extremely versatile and healthy foods. Lauric acid is a medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA), the primary fat found in coconut oil. Your body uses this acid to destroy fat-covered viruses such as the flu, HIV, and herpes. MCFAs are easily broken down by the body to use for fuel and can even help lower body fat and enhance insulin sensitivity.
Cardiovascular health. The lauric acid in coconut oil can lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
3. Benefits of Black Pepper
Antibacterial. Black pepper, or more specifically, the active ingredient piperine, inhibits the widespread and deadly Clostridium botulinum.
Improves memory. Piperine helps prevent memory impairment, at least in rats.
Promotes nerve growth. Piperine, one of the active ingredients in black pepper, helps regrow nervous tissue in the hippocampus.
Besides having their own health benefits, adding black pepper and oil to golden milk increase the bioavailability of turmeric. Since turmeric is fat-soluble, it needs to be mixed with a fat for your body to extract its health-promoting compounds.
With all the benefits from golden milk, plus the tasty concoction itself, there isn’t any reason not to try it out.
Here is a simple, delicious golden milk recipe to get you started on the path to better health:
Golden Milk Recipe
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
- 1 and 1/2 cup almond, soy, coconut milk
- Heat coconut oil on low or medium heat.
- Add spices and gently heat to create aroma (don’t burn them).
- Add milk and heat until liquid is just about to start to bubble or boil (but don’t let it).
- Serve golden milk immediately (may have to let it cool) OR put liquid in a blender to froth it up first (heavenly).
This recipe makes 1 to 2 servings.
NOTE: It is important not to heat anything up too much when you are preparing golden milk. Heating spices up too much will significantly reduce the amount of active ingredients in them.