The health benefits of turmeric and golden milk

Turmeric and the health benefits of Golden MilkCircling the internet in recent times I’ve come across curious ingredient combinations used to create healthy drinks.

I’m sure you’ve heard about bulletproof coffee (butter in your coffee) which is touted to get good fats into your diet first thing in the morning.

One in particular intrigued me; turmeric and virgin coconut oil with milk, best known as Golden Milk.

Golden Milk is an ancient Ayurvedic drink made using turmeric and milk – and a great way to incorporate turmeric into one’s daily diet.

Traditionally used for colds, congestion, headache, and sore throats, Turmeric has been widely studied for its health benefits such as:

  • antioxidant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • aids in digestion
  • anti-parasitic
  • anti-bacterial
  • anti-cancer
  • blood purifier
  • clears the skin
  • Aids Memory and brain function

The beauty of the recipe is, you can prepare enough paste in advance and it will store well in the fridge for a couple of weeks.

Here’s how to make Golden Paste and Golden Milk:

Golden Paste:

  • 1/2 cup Organic Turmeric Powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5 teaspoons black pepper
  • 5 Tablespoons virgin coconut oil

In a stainless steel pot, cook the water, turmeric and black pepper until it forms a thick paste, stirring and cooking for about 7-10 minutes.  Remove from heat and add virgin coconut oil, using a whisk to fully mix in the coconut oil.  Transfer the Golden Paste into a glass jar with a lid, and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You will use this paste to make your Golden Milk below.

Golden Milk:

  • 1 teaspoon Golden Paste
  • 2 cups milk (I use raw goat milk but works really well with your favorite nut milk)
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • Honey to taste (optional)
  • Pinch cinnamon (optional)

In a stainless steel pot, gently heat, but do not boil, 2 cups of milk with 1 teaspoon of golden paste.

Add optional vanilla, honey and/or cinnamon.

The Verdict:

It is surprisingly tasty, creamy and satisfying. It’s hard to believe that something this tasty can be so good for you. The studies say it is, so I’m all over it!

By the way, be careful not to get the paste on your clothes or nails. Turmeric can quickly turn your nails yellow, making you look like a chain smoker (not a good look!)

Finally, a very small number of people have reported allergy to turmeric. If you’ve never eaten turmeric, start with a small dose and observe the body’s reaction.

Have you tried Golden Milk, have you noticed any health benefits from drinking it regularly? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you.

Ben

About the author

Dr. Benjamin Martin is a Chiropractor and speaker on Health and Wellbeing. Ben is regularly called on to discuss health topics and chiropractic on radio, tv and press. His promise is to adjust and educate as many families as possible towards optimal health. His work changes lives and has restored people's quality of life.

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