Golden milk has been an important part of Chinese and Ayurvedic culture for centuries. It is usually made by combining animal or plant milk with turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and some sort of sweetener. Some recipes also include black pepper, nutmeg or other spices. The mentioned drink protects against cold, inflammation and stomach problems.
Golden milk is high in protein, antioxidants, curcumin, magnesium, calcium and potassium. It is famous for its natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.
Although there is only 3% curcumin in turmeric, combining it with black pepper, enhances its health properties. Black pepper contains a compound called piperine, which prevents curcumin from being metabolized in the liver before it reaches the bloodstream. But don’t forget the other important ingredient, coconut milk. It alleviates inflammation while promoting weight loss and muscle tissue growth. It contains natural electrolytes and healthy fats, so it supports bowel function and regulates digestion
Wondering why you should include golden milk in your diet? The mentioned drink improves memory and supports the learning process. Moreover, it effectively fights free radicals, protecting the body from oxidative stress. Golden milk also relieves joint pain and inflammation. Additionally, it regulates blood pressure and lowers bad LDL cholesterol. It can also prevent or inhibit colon, breast and pancreatic cancer. It slows down the progression of neurodegenerative disease. The compounds it contains affect more than 160 physiological functions.
Long used in Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine, turmeric is a key ingredient in curries. It contains curcumin, a compound that relieves oxidative stress. It reduces the risk of many chronic diseases. Another popular ingredient in golden milk is ginger, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric tea speeds up the recovery of the body. It also strengthens our immunity, so we will not be afraid of viruses and bacteria. It also ensures hormonal balance. You can use it as a cure for acne or menstrual problems. If you have diabetes, heart problems or joint pains, add a pinch of nutmeg to your drink for extra benefits. You can also throw in a few cashew nuts if you have problems with your thyroid, joints or nighttime leg cramps. If you constantly feel tired and have acne, throw in some watercress seeds. For those suffering from a sore throat or struggling with an infection, we recommend a pinch of black pepper
Check out how to prepare turmeric tea, also known as golden milk, step by step. You need the following ingredients: 2 cups of coconut milk, 1 teaspoon of turmeric, ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon of ground pepper, and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper. You can also use 1 teaspoon raw honey or agave or ¼ teaspoon dried ginger and a dash of cayenne pepper.
Blend the coconut milk, turmeric, cinnamon and black pepper in a blender. Blend at high speed for 30-60 seconds until you get a smooth consistency mixture. Pour the liquid into a saucepan, and set over medium heat. Heat until it begins to steam. Remember not to bring to a boil. If desired, sweeten with honey or season with ginger and cayenne pepper. If you don’t like almond or coconut milk (or are allergic to nuts), try rice or hemp milk.
Turmeric boosts immunity. You can drink golden milk any time of the year to protect yourself from coughs, colds and flu.
Numerous studies have shown that curcumin contained in the mentioned spice can relieve the specific pain experienced by patients with osteoarthritis.
Many golden milk lovers find that sipping the brew in the evening helps to relax and makes it easier to fall asleep. On the other hand, some people prefer to drink the said beverage first thing in the morning to get a long-lasting energy effect without reaching for caffeine.
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