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It’s one of the tastiest things you’ll ever try!
Golden milk, called haldi doodh, is a drink from India, one that has roots in Ayurvedic remedies and treatments. It’s rich, flavorful, and absolutely delicious.
Simply put, it’s a blend of hot milk and ground turmeric. The hot milk provides a lot of benefits, but you’ll find that it’s the turmeric in this recipe that really packs a punch.
If you’re looking for a way to increase your intake of this marvelous spice, definitely give golden milk a try. It’s a simple recipe that you can make in a matter of minutes, and it will give you a healthy dose of nutrients and antioxidants to improve your overall wellbeing!
Why Try Golden Milk?
What is it about golden milk that makes it such a marvelous recipe? Aside from the flavor, you’ll find that the turmeric used to make the drink offers a lot of health benefits.
Anti-Inflammatory – Turmeric contains curcumin and other compounds that are potent anti-inflammatory agents. These compounds can reduce swelling in your body, reducing your risk of chronic disease and oxidative damage caused by stress. Curcumin is so potent as an anti-inflammatory, in fact, that it works as effectively as some NSAIDs and medications.
Protect Your Heart – Curcumin is known to improve endothelial function in your cardiovascular system. The endothelium is the lining of your blood vessels, and dysfunction in this lining is one of the primary risk factors for heart disease. Curcumin helps your endothelium to function properly, thereby improving blood pressure regulation, blood clotting, and decreasing inflammation.
Improves Joint Health – Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that has been proven to be surprisingly effective at protecting the joints. Studies have examined its effects in dealing with rheumatoid arthritis and discovered that it worked on par or even more effectively than the anti-inflammatory drug used in the test.
Provides Antioxidants – Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that can help to stabilize free radicals and prevent oxidative damage in the body. It can also boost the activity of your body’s antioxidant enzymes, ensuring that your body is better able to protect itself.
Decreases Alzheimer’s Risk – Curcumin is one of the few antioxidants that are able to cross the blood-brain barrier, which means it can work directly on your brain, protecting it from a wide range of damage. In particular, it’s effective against Alzheimer’s, as it prevents the building of amyloid plaques that are a known risk factor in the neurodegenerative condition.
Boosts Brain Health – Curcumin has the ability to boost the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), one of the primary growth hormones that function in your brain. Low levels of BDNF is a known factor in conditions like Alzheimer’s and depression, but by increasing BDNF, curcumin can delay or reverse age-related diseases and brain diseases. Studies have suggested that raising BDNF can also improve your memory and potentially make you smarter.
Fights Depression – In one study, curcumin supplements were given to participants in order to compare them to the effects of Prozac. The improvements in both groups were the same, indicating that curcumin is as effective at combatting depression. It’s likely linked to the raised levels of BDNF produced as a result of taking the supplement.
Potential Cancer Treatment – Talk about an awesome health benefit! Studies have indicated that the antioxidants in turmeric—including curcumin, among others—can help to suppress the growth of cancer cells at the molecular level. It can not only kill off existing cancer cells, but it can stop tumors from growing new blood vessels and prevent cancer metastasis. It’s particularly effective in the digestive system, preventing the risk of colorectal cancer.
As you can see, there are a lot of pretty great reasons to get more turmeric in your diet. Thanks to golden milk, it’ll be easier and tastier than ever!
An Easy Golden Milk Recipe
You’ll love how easy it is to prepare golden milk! It’s a simple drink that needs only a few ingredients, most of which you’ll have around your house.
For this drink, you will need:
Sweetener of your choice
Pour a cup of milk into a stock pot, and set to medium heat. Heat until the milk begins to steam.
Add in half a tablespoon of ground turmeric, a pinch of black pepper, and your sweetener of choice.
Let the milk simmer for 10 minutes to combine the flavors. Serve hot—and for extra deliciousness, add a bit of cinnamon and vanilla bean onto the top.
The beauty of this recipe is that you can make it with pretty much any kind of milk. Not a fan of dairy or trying to cut back on your cow’s milk? Switch it out for coconut milk, almond milk, or even rice milk.
The flavor of your drink will vary depending on the type of milk you use, but in the end, it will still have that rich golden color and the taste of turmeric.
Note: You may find it odd adding black pepper into a sweet drink. However, the pepper is important, as it contains piperine, a compound that helps your body absorb curcumin more effectively. Without the pepper, this drink won’t provide all the important health benefits of turmeric!
Want to get more turmeric in your diet? Try our Flat Belly Tea, made with turmeric, cinnamon, ginger extract, black pepper extract, monk fruit, acacia fiber, and coconut milk powder. It’s formulated for easy drinking, but you’ll find that it makes for a delicious tea that you can enjoy all year around. You’ll benefit from the fat-burning properties of the tea, along with a metabolism boost and an influx of antioxidants that will make you healthier than ever. Give it a try today!
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