Golden Milk Health Benefits
Then Golden Milk could be the answer! This warm, soothing drink is perfect for the colder months and it is a powerhouse of goodness.
The vibrant yellow colour of this delicious drink owes itself to its star ingredient – turmeric! The medicinal properties of this Indian spice have been used for thousands of years to treat all sorts of ailments ranging from joint pain and inflammation to depression. The active compound in turmeric is curcumin, which is bursting with antioxidants. Antioxidants are essential to the protection and functioning of our cells and research shows that a diet rich in them may lower your risk of infection and disease. With the addition of cinnamon and ginger in most golden milk recipes, the antioxidant levels are even more impressive! Your health will be boosted and your taste buds will thank you!
Here are 3, out of many, reasons why drinking Golden Milk regularly may seriously improve your health!
Cold and Flu Remedy
Is the Winter chill bringing on the dreaded sniffles and sore throats? Well, golden milk is a natural remedy! Its hero ingredient, turmeric, contains antiviral and antibacterial superpowers that will combat the most stubborn of colds! The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric help to relieve symptoms and the high antioxidant levels may, therefore, boost your immune system to stave off the winter bugs!
Turmeric has been shown to keep skin healthy, minimise signs of ageing and even reduce acne. Research has shown that drinking golden milk regularly may even bring huge relief to eczema sufferers – this could be due to the immune balancing properties of turmeric and its anti-inflammatory effects.
The combination of medicinal spices in golden milk all seems to enhance brain function. Curcumin has been shown to increase levels of the brain hormone, BDNF, which promotes brain cell development. Ginger may boost reaction time and memory and studies show that cinnamon can reduce symptoms of brain-related diseases.
Golden Milk Recipe
There are two important rules to follow in order to reap the full health benefits of turmeric – it needs to be cooked and combined with a pinch of black pepper. This is because these 2 things help to activate the health properties thereby increasing the absorption of the curcumin.
Enjoy this simple, easy to make Golden Milk recipe from Healthline and snuggle down for some cosy, nourishing your time!
- 1/2 cup (120ml) of unsweetened milk of your choice (coconut or almond are great options)
- 1 tsp of turmeric
- 1 small piece of grated fresh ginger or 1/2 tsp of ginger powder
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder
- 1 pinch of ground black pepper
- 1 tsp of honey (optional)
- Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender
- Gently heat in a saucepan for 3 to 5 minutes until hot but not boiling.
- Enjoy your nourishing golden milk!
For another yummy warming drink this Winter you might like Tea Thyme which is a wonderful herbal tea that is great for treating colds as well as tummy bugs!