05 Oct Golden Milk Benefits: Easy Recipe
Golden milk and its benefits are becoming more well known in North America. It has been used in Traditional Chinese and Ayurveda Medicines for centuries. The Turmeric in the milk is what gives it its name and beautiful golden color. The benefits of Turmeric have been well studied, particularly curcumin which is one of its most bioactive ingredients.
Curcumin is a unique phytonutrient that has been linked to numerous benefits. It has been particularly studied as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and for its microbial activities. For its many benefits, Turmeric is known in India as “the spice of life”; online, you will find tons of articles and research regarding claims about this substance. I am not a doctor; therefore, I always encourage my clients to read as much as they can to learn more and make their own informed decisions. I have included a number of PubMed articles, medical articles, and research below in the reference section for you to further explore the topic.
I can only speak to my experience in that consuming this drink as part of my bedtime routine helps me to wind down and relax. It promotes a good night’s sleep and I wake up feeling rested. The great thing is that the golden milk paste you use to create this drink is easily made with turmeric powder and water and then you can keep it in the fridge in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks. For my kids, I like to add cinnamon and a natural sweetener to help disguise the bitterness and I find the warming drink supports a good night sleep for them as well.
Health Benefit References:
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- Arthritis & Rheumatism November 2006: 54(11); 3452-3464
- Clinical Nutrition January 7, 2015
- Obes Res. 2003 Jun;11(6):734-44.
- Health Impact News September 14, 2015
- Prevent Disease September 3, 2015