Golden milk is a traditional Indian drink that has its roots in Ayurveda. In its simplest form, it’s a blend of hot milk and ground turmeric. Also known as haldi doodh, golden milk is touted for its healing, anti-inflammatory properties largely thanks to curcumin found in turmeric. Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years for conditions such as breathing problems, joint pain, fatigue, digestive issues, and more.
Modern research also suggests that turmeric is a potent antioxidant with antimicrobial and anticancer effects. Although turmeric gets most of the spotlight, the other spices in golden milk are also health-promoting! Both ginger and cinnamon are known for their anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits.
Coconut oil adds a touch of healthy fat and makes the turmeric more available for our bodies to absorb because it is fat-soluble. So, don’t skip the oil! And by some wizardry, black pepper also makes the curcumin in turmeric more bioavailable, so it’s an important addition as well.
To sweeten, you can go any number of ways. Go for a spoonful of maple syrup, and if it still needs some sweetness, a dash of stevia is perfect. Honey is also a popular choice!
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