Turmeric is the one of the latest things you will see mentioned a number of times on social media, you may even have seen ‘Turmeric Latte’, also known as ‘Golden Milk’ at your local cafe.
Want to know how to make it ? Whisk
1 cup of milk of choice (eg coconut, almond or rice milk),
1/2 tsp of turmeric powder or freshly grated,
1 tsp ground cinnamon ,
tiny piece of fresh, peeled ginger root,
honey (to taste),
pinch of black pepper (increases absorption) and
1/2 cup water in a small saucepan;
bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer until flavours have melded, about 10 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into mugs and top with a dash of cinnamon. Enjoy !
Any good ? In a nutshell, turmeric milk is a medicinal drink that’s fantastic for improving digestion, recovering from a cold or flu, or just as an overall health boost. However all the main health benefits of turmeric come from its active compound, known as curcumin.
Research has shown that high doses close to 500 – 2000mg of curcumin can do the following:
- Fight inflammation, which is known to contribute to chronic disease
- Relieve pain, as it has been shown to improve symptoms of arthritis, PMS and more
- As an antioxidant, it provides anti-aging affects, aids cellular repair and boosts immune function
- Help prevent degenerative processes in the brain and improves overall brain health
- Improve heart health
A teaspoon of ground turmeric contains approximately 45 milligrams of curcumin. That’s still pretty great, but don’t expect golden milk to bring you the same relief a high dosage curcumin supplement would.
If you would like to know how to reduce inflammation in your body, why not book an consult with Marie, our Clinical Nutritionist at Kingsford.