Turmeric originates from India, where it’s been used for centuries in cooking, health care and as a beauty product.
Turmeric’s benefits have since been well documented in the medical literature, and curcumin — one of the most well-studied bioactive ingredients in turmeric – has been found to promote health and protect against a wide variety of health conditions.
Researchers have found a number of different mechanisms of action for curcumin, and part of the answer as to why curcumin appears to be such potent medicine. Curcumin in turmeric has the ability to modulate genetic activity and expression — both by destroying cancer cells and by promoting healthy cell function.
What is golden milk?
It’s not actually milk at all, at least not in the dairy sense. The basis of golden milk is a combination of the warming (and golden-colored) turmeric spice along with coconut milk and/or coconut oil (depending on the recipe you prefer).
You can drink ‘golden milk’ every day and take advantage of the many health benefits attributed to the tasty beverage:
– It’s an antiseptic and an analgesic, so it helps with pain relief (find here more natural painkillers in your kitchen).
– It detoxes the liver and helps to purify the blood (find here more foods to cleanse your liver, and foods to cleanse your blood).
– It’s great for joint problems, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
– It works well for different skin problems.
– It offers a general immunity boost and provides you with a good dose of antioxidants.
Golden paste acts as a “starter” to blend the perfect cup of golden milk. It includes not only turmeric and coconut oil but also black pepper, which has been found to increase curcumin’s bioavailability by 2,000 percent.
Here’s a simple recipe to make your own from Health Impact News:
- 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 to 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.
Once you’ve made your golden paste, you’re ready to make golden milk.
The recipe that follows, also from Health Impact News, is simple and can be suited to your tastes:12
- 1 teaspoon Golden Paste
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
- Raw 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.
A whisk is helpful to fully mix the paste into the milk.
Add optional vanilla, honey and/or cinnamon.