For your Health Turmeric Golden Milk
SPICE UP THE WINTER SEASON
Turmeric Turns Gray Days Golden
Golden milk (similar in flavor to chai) is a combination of the spice turmeric, coconut oil and milk, a warm drink with the added value of health benefits. Turmeric, which originated from India, has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It is derived from the root of the vibrant golden colored perennial plant and is part of the ginger family. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the active ingredient, curcumin, offers the benefits of anti-inflammatory properties. Its popularity has increased as a natural ingredient associated with lowering cholesterol and preventing heart disease. However, at least one double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that taking a 4g per day dose of curcumin did not improve cholesterol levels. There was enough evidence for a health commission in Germany to approve turmeric for digestive problems. Similar studies conducted in other countries have reported that the antiinflammatory properties of curcumin have aided patients with depression.
As we look for libations to soothe us during the long gray days until spring, turmeric might be the spice for the season. If you drink golden milk at night, which is recommended, it may help you get to sleep faster on these cold winter nights, making spring seem closer every day.