Posted on September 05, 2018
Did you recently learn about the Golden Latte at a local coffee shop? As new as this may sound, Turmeric milk have been consumed since ages by Indians to induce good sound sleep, or to fight cough and cold as a remedy.
Reason being Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, making it a promising complementary therapy for cancer-prevention.
Recent research shows that turmeric can help improve your mood and your memory.
“Curcumin is a very powerful anti-inflammatory agent,” said Professor Manohar Garg, director of the nutraceuticals research program at the University of Newcastle.
Because inflammation is linked to a range of chronic conditions and diseases, among them arthritis, Alzheimer’s and heart disease, researchers argue curcumin could help reduce the risk of those diseases by limiting inflammation in the body.
“It’s very powerful, the most powerful food I know of, for fighting inflammation in the body,” Professor Garg said.
Golden Turmeric Milk Recipe Tips
This recipe makes enough spice mixture for at least three servings. Store it in an airtight container to keep the spices fresh and add 1 teaspoon to a 250ml cup of milk for each serving.
Don’t omit the tiny amount of black pepper. You won’t taste it, but the piperine in so you’ll enjoy more of its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefits.
Research in the recent years suggest that this key compound in turmeric, called curcumin, helps protect against a wide range of diseases, including the likes of rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, dementia and some cancers. The problem is that the curcumin by itself is not well-absorbed by the body.The solution? combining it with pepper, which contains a compound called piperine,similar to the compound found in chilli powder and cayenne pepper. The combination of pepper and turmeric increases the absorption of the key compound curcumin in your blood by up to a whopping 2,000 per cent according to a study by the journal Planta Medica. Studies claim that adding 20 mg of piperine to 2 grams of curcumin can elicit such benefits.
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 cup Milk cow, almond, coconut milk, rice all work
- Jaggery to taste
- Vanilla extract optional
Add spices to a small bowl and mix thoroughly.
Heat 250 milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it begins to steam. Stir in 1 teaspoon of the spice mixture and continue heating milk, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes.
Pour turmeric milk through a strainer into a cup or mug.
Add honey and vanilla extract (if using) to taste.
Store remaining spice mixture in an airtight container away from heat and light.
The spice mixture makes enough for three servings using one 250ml cup of milk each time.