Tumeric Latte: the new miracle drink
There is not really just one reason why Tumeric latte’s have been donned the ‘Golden Milk’ drink. Instead there are 10 benefits which regularly cause this wonder drink to top the chart of health blogs.
Wait, Tumeric, that bitter yellow powder that you make curry with? Yes, the one and the same spice. Aside from that Tumeric (officially called Curcuma longa) is also one of the most widely researched, and commonly used Ayurvedic spices in the world.
The Tumeric plant reaches about three feet in height and produces both a flower and a rhizome, or stem that is found underground. The rhizome has an appearance similar to ginger and it is this root-like stem that produces the yellow turmeric spice.
Tumeric has actually been used for it’s healing properties for the last 4,500 years but we are now in the age of researched Tumeric which have been testing these ancient ideals against modern technology to view the results. Here is what we have found, so far, to be proven ‘true’ about the healing properties of Tumeric due to its active ingredient Curcumin.
1. General body health: it has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
2. Good for fighting Arthritis: and in some cases has been shown to be more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs. (1)
3. Good for the brain: curcumin can increase brain levels of BDNF, which is a protein that promotes the survival of nerve cells. (2, 3). This protection decreases the risk of brain malfunction and instead increases memory, and helps to keep your brain healthy by fighting degenerative processes.
4. Good for fighting Alzheimers: A key feature of this disease is a buildup of confused proteins, curcumin can help untangle and clear these confusions. (4).
5. Good for the heart: improves the function of the endothelium, cell tissue, and is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant. (5)
6. Good for fighting cancer: studies have shown that it can reduce angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels in tumors), metastasis (spread of cancer), as well as contributing to the death of cancerous cells (6).
7. Good for fighting depression: studies have shown that curcumin can be as effective as Prozac… minus the side effects. (7).
8. Good for relieving muscular pain: the anti-inflammatory properties means that it’s the perfect post gym-drink.
9. Good for cholesterol: balancing property in that it is known to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and reduce cholesterol in mild hypercholesterolemia.
10. Good for your liver: recent research has shown turmeric to be helpful in treatment of serious liver damage and cirrhosis. (8) It also means ‘Golden Milk’ is the perfect detox drink after a heavy weekend.
A word of caution
Although Tumeric is safe to consume there are a few potential symptoms to be aware of if using regularly, more notably if taking Tumeric supplements.:
- It can thin the blood, so if for example you are a hemophiliac, then please cosult with a doctor first.
- Can cause stomach upsets, and ulcers
- Can alter blood pressure. People on hypertension medication must consult their doctors when using turmeric.
- Can cause kidney stones
- Consult your doctor before ingesting a lot of Tumeric if you are pregnant.
‘Golden Milk’ recipe
Prep time: 2 mins Cook time: 3 mins Total time: 5 mins
Author: Wellness Mama Serves: 4
2 cups of milk of choice (almond, pecan, coconut and dairy all work in this recipe)
1 teaspoon Turmeric
½ teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup or to taste (optional)
Pinch of black pepper (increases absorption)
Tiny piece of fresh, peeled ginger root or ¼ tsp ginger powder
Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
1. First, blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
2. Then, Pour into a small saucepan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until hot but not boiling.
3. Drink immediately and enjoy!
Notes: This may stain blenders and counter tops. The color isn't harmful and will eventually fade.