Have you been searching for a warm drink to spice up the cold, winter nights? This curry-infused tonic may help you fight inflammation and the winter blahs. Golden Milk, a.k.a. turmeric latte or haldi doodh, has been consumed for centuries in India.
Most noteworthy, adding black pepper to the drink boosts the bio-availability of curcumin by up to 2000%. So it makes perfect sense that these two key ingredients are combined in curry blends, eaten throughout Asia for centuries.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric contains the active ingredient curcumin which is an antioxidant with many proven benefits. For example, curcumin demonstrates anti-inflammatory properties in conditions such as arthritis. According to a recent HuffPo article, Turmeric can:
- Tame heartburn and upset stomach
- Delay diabetes
- Fight cancer
- Protect the brain
- Fight inflammation associated with arthritis. Turmeric extract supplements worked just as well as ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis.
Golden Milk Recipe
-1 cup of milk (hemp or coconut are also good options)
-1/4 teaspoon or more of turmeric paste (see below for recipe)
-Honey or agave syrup
– 1 teaspoon Xtra Immunity (optional)
Combine the milk and turmeric paste in a saucepan. We chose coconut milk and diluted it. While heating, make sure to stir constantly and do not boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Add honey to taste. Then add your favorite gut health supplement to make this inflammation-busting drink with a probiotic kick!
According to Ayurveda, do not drink large amounts of this liver-detoxifier as 1/2 – 1 cup will be more than enough. Also, cow’s milk is the traditional ingredient instead of hemp, almond or coconut milk.
While Golden Milk was a new taste for us, we found it sweet, warming and delicious. So if you like curry, we wholeheartedly suggest you try this aromatic drink. All in all, Golden Milk is a healthy substitute for hot cocoa on a snowy, winter evening. And the turmeric will help your body fight inflammation and may even help you fall asleep.
-1/4 cup of turmeric powder
-1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper
-1/2 cup of filtered water
Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat until a thick paste forms. Then, cool and store the paste in a jar in your refrigerator.