A detoxifying drink used in traditional Indian medicine, ‘golden milk’ owes its name to the bright yellow colour of turmeric. Mixed with warming spices like cinnamon, pepper and ginger, this sugar-free drink is a pleasant alternative to your morning mug of coffee.
Turmeric, a household ingredient in many Asian kitchens, is known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties. It also activates the happiness hormone, serotonin. More recently, it has become the key component in ‘golden milk’, an Ayurvedic-inspired medicinal drink that aids digestion while detoxifying the body.
To make, turmeric and pepper is first ground up and mixed with water for a paste-like consistency. Then, using either coconut, soy or almond milk as the base, it’s combined with a dash of coconut oil or cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil. Finally, for added flavour and sweetness, a spoonful of honey or cinnamon is swirled in.
As the latest health-drink trend, ‘golden milk’ is currently raging across Instagram newsfeeds, gaining reputation as a healing elixir by many health-conscious celebrities and bloggers.
According to researchers at the Monash Asia Institute in Melbourne, Australia, one gram of turmeric in the morning can improve the memory of those at risk of cognitive impairment. Simultaneously, an American study has found that a combination of turmeric and silymarin (milk thistle extract) is a traditional remedy for liver issues and can help prevent colon cancer. So, what have you got to lose?
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