Super Anti-Inflammatory Golden Milk
This delicious beverage might become your new bedtime ritual
For centuries turmeric has been used by many cultures for medicinal and preventative reasons.
It is now being taken seriously by our western scientists, and there is some hefty research to show why you should take it seriously too.
According to the AAPS Journal article, Therapeutic Roles of Curcumin: Lessons Learned from Clinical Trials, curcumin which is derived from the spice commonly known as turmeric, has shown promising effects that have been observed in patients with pro-inflammatory diseases including arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, ulcers, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel disease, gastric inflammation, psoriasis, renal conditions, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, and many more that I did not mention.
It has also been shown to have protective properties against hepatic conditions, chronic arsenic exposure, and alcohol intoxication.
And.. When it tastes this good, we should all be including it in our diets on a regular, if not daily basis.
With that being said, curcumin, like grapefruit juice, can affect the metabolism of many drugs. This effect typically happens with larger doses and less so with higher bioavailability. But moderation is the key. I also believe consuming herbs and spices in food rather than supplements is generally safer.
There are all sorts of recipes out there, many of them requiring you to make a paste first, but in all reality, if it is not easy, I am not going to do it. At least not on a regular or daily basis.
So here is my version that is very similar to chai tea but much better, in my honest opinion.
This is wonderful served warm in a mug on a chilly night or served over ice in the summer.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
- 1 cup of milk I use non-dairy coconut or almond milk
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground ginger optional
- ¼ tsp of ground cardamom optional
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- ½ tsp vanilla
- A sprinkle of black pepper (piperine increases the bioavailability of curcumin by 2,000%.)
- Honey, maple syrup, or molasses to your desired sweetness
- Whisk all ingredients except the sweetener in a saucepan. Simmer for 5 minutes, and then add your honey, maple syrup, or molasses.
You can double or triple the recipe and store in the fridge or perhaps share with a loved one.
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