Have you heard of turmeric? This bright orange spice has been growing in popularity lately, so it’s likely that you’ve run into the name at least once. A member of the ginger family, turmeric is a root that comes from the Curcuma longa family. It has been used as a spice in Indian cuisine for hundreds of years and has also long been valued in Ayurvedic medicine for its reported medical properties. Turns out, practitioners of traditional medicines that use turmeric were on to something, because this spice packs a wealth of benefits.
Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound that has been shown to hold anti-inflammatory properties, which may help relieve joint pain or discomfort, making it a good supplement for those who live with chronic pain from arthritis. It also holds proven benefits for digestive issues (one personal account on MindBodyGreen attests to this), skin health, and more. It prevents cold and flu, alleviates pain, and can work as an antiseptic to help heal cuts and wounds. Turmeric may even help prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
While turmeric-infused beverages may be more readily available in cafes and stores (Starbucks in the U.K. even offer lattes made with turmeric), in order to get the benefits of curcumin, turmeric should be consumed with black pepper, which boosts the bio-availability.
Make Turmeric Lattes at Home
Making golden milk at home is easy (and cheaper!) than picking up a cup from your local cafe. Here are a few ideas, courtesy of the Food Monster App:
This luscious Sunshine Turmeric Latte by Buffy-Ellen Gill really takes the cake. If you’ve tried turmeric lattes that have been cropping up at cafés, you are going to absolutely love this homemade version. With its blend of silky smooth sunflower seeds and coconut milk, a spicy intoxicating medley of turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, and black pepper, and a dash of natural sweetness from dates, you can bring a touch of the local café to your home.
What’s better than golden milk? This Goji Berry Golden Milk by Helyn Dunn! This stuff is pretty magical thanks to fresh turmeric. It’s got such a bounty of health benefits, not the least of which is its amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric also helps with sleep, and guess what? So do goji berries, so this is really a kicked up golden milk!
Defeat the mid-day slump with this Energizing Turmeric Tea by Laura Peill with warm spices and creamy coconut milk! Turmeric has been used in India for centuries for its anti-inflammatory properties; it’s also an antioxidant. In this simple receipe, fresh turmeric is blended with matcha, cinnamon and warm spices, coconut cream, and water. Serve it warm or cold!
To learn more about turmeric, read Turmeric: What it is and Why You Should be Using It, Unique and Delicious Ways to Use Turmeric More Often, and then check out these 15 Turmeric-Infused Vegan Recipes.
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