7 Health Benefits of Turmeric & How to Make a Golden Milk Turmeric Latte (Recipe)

Have you ever had Asian food?

If you have, chances are you’ve probably consumed a good amount of the powerful anti-inflammatory spice known as turmeric!

Turmeric is best known as the main spice in curry that gives it the notorious bright yellow color.

The golden spice is one of my favorite spices because it’s so versatile and has so many health benefits. It belongs to the same family as ginger  and has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat several conditions with its powerful medicinal properties.

Turmeric has so many health benefits and is best known for fighting inflammation. This natural remedy can be used in a variety of ways including cooking and skincare. Learn how to make my favorite way to consume it, the “Golden Milk” turmeric latte.
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I remember when my mom bought me my first-ever turmeric package – I had no idea how to incorporate into my meals. I knew it had many health benefits so I tried sprinkling it on my oatmeal and in drinks … but since I was using it wrong, I was immediately put off by the taste.

Because turmeric has such a strong taste and is very grainy, it has to be combined a certain way to taste good and to help your body absorb all the benefits.

Once I learned how to incorporate turmeric into my daily diet, I became obsessed with using it in my everyday meals to reap all the amazing benefits it has.

 

Benefits of Turmeric

The benefits of the bright yellow powder are often the result of the curcuminoids it contains.

The most common and most important one is called curcumin, and it’s the main active ingredient in turmeric. Because of curcumin, turmeric is known to be one of the most powerful spices in the world.

 

1. Anti-inflammatory

Many chronic diseases are caused by inflammation including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, and other various conditions.

Curcumin in the turmeric helps to fight and prevent inflammation in the body. Some studies even show that it as effective as some anti-inflammatory drugs.

 

2. Powerful antioxidant

Loading up on antioxidants is a sure-fire way to boost your health. Antioxidants naturally protect our bodies and cells from free radicals.

When free radicals damage cells, DNA, and collagen it leads to disease in the body. Curcumin not only fights the free radicals in the body but also boosts the body’s own antioxidant ability.

 

3. Improves brain function

Turmeric helps keep your brain sharp and healthy. Turmeric is known to increase concentration and boost memory retention.

The curcumin in the spice also boosts levels of hormones (BDNF) in the brain that fight the onset of various diseases like depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s.

 

4. Improves heart health

Keeping your heart healthy is so important as you age. Because it contains Vitamin B6 and curcumin, turmeric promotes stronger blood vessels and balances cholesterol levels.

 

5. Fights Cancer

Cancer is so prevalent these days that we need all the protection we can get. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant agent that has been directly linked to a reduction in colon cancer cells and can also hinder tumor growth.

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6. Boosts skin health

Don’t we all wish we had perfect skin? By reducing bacteria and oil secretion, Turmeric helps to keep pimples and acne scars at bay.

Turmeric can even be used as on cuts, scars or as a face mask to fight signs of aging like wrinkles and pigmentation.

 

7. Detoxifies the body

Your liver is one of the most important organs of your body because it clears toxins from your blood.

Turmeric gives your liver the boost it needs to improve liver function and helps to reduce the levels of toxicity in the body.

Related post: 7 Health Benefits of Ginger: Why You Should Add it to Your Daily Routine

 

How to consume turmeric

While turmeric has many benefits, it’s only about 3% curcumin by weight. That’s why the more you consume the golden spice, the better. It’s also recommended to take an extract that contains significant amounts of curcumin to get the full effects.

Even then, curcumin is poorly absorbed by the body which is why black pepper and/or healthy fats are usually used with any recipe that requires turmeric.

Black pepper is known to increase curcumin absorption by 2000%!  Black pepper and fats activate the curcumin in the turmeric and help your body get all the benefits it provides.

 

Ways to get the most out of turmeric with healthy fats:

  • Sprinkle it on an avocado
  • Add coconut oil or ghee in your tea
  • Stir it in olive oil and toss it on veggies
  • Rub it on chicken thighs or legs (they’re naturally more fatty than breasts)

 

Ways to consume turmeric

I like to buy my turmeric in powder form but you can also buy the root. You can find turmeric root in the produce aisle of most grocery stores and the powder in health stores and online.

 

  • Tea

Turmeric tea is the ultimate cozy tea. It also tastes great combined with its sister-root ginger. Boil water and add turmeric, coconut oil, cinnamon, honey (optional) and a pinch of black pepper. Once I pour it into my cup, I love squeezing in some lemon juice for some added flavor.

 

  • Supplement

You can find a turmeric/curcumin supplement at your local health store. Since your body struggles to absorb the pill on its own, it’s recommended to take it with fat-rich foods like cheese, nuts or olive oil.

 

  • Food

Turmeric is a spice just like salt and garlic. You can incorporate into your everyday cooking very easily. Use it on roasted veggies, meats, soups or even in your oatmeal, but remember to add oil and a pinch of black pepper to reap the benefits.

 

  • “Golden Milk” Turmeric Latte

“Golden milk” turmeric  latte is my favorite way to consume turmeric, partly because the ingredients mix so well that the strong turmeric taste is hardly noticeable!

This cozy and soothing drink is the perfect morning or nighttime drink. A turmeric latte tastes slightly earthy and sweet and savory at the same time. It is just as delicious as it is nutritious!

So how exactly do you make a turmeric latte? I’m glad you asked!

A word of caution: Turmeric stains really easily. The yellow tint eventually comes off, but since we have white countertops, I put towels in the area to avoid any stains.

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Turmeric has so many health benefits and is best known for fighting inflammation. This natural remedy can be used in a variety of ways including cooking and skincare. Learn all about the benefits and how to consume with a tasty “Golden Milk” turmeric latte.

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Recipe: “Golden Milk” Turmeric Latte
Turmeric has so many health benefits and is best known for fighting inflammation. This natural remedy can be used in a variety of ways including cooking and skincare. Learn all about the benefits and how to consume with a tasty “Golden Milk” turmeric latte.
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Turmeric has so many health benefits and is best known for fighting inflammation. This natural remedy can be used in a variety of ways including cooking and skincare. Learn all about the benefits and how to consume with a tasty “Golden Milk” turmeric latte.
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  1. In a medium pot over high heat, warm the water and coconut milk. Do not boil.
  2. Add turmeric, coconut oil, cinnamon, honey and black pepper to a blender.
  3. Add the warm water and milk mixture to the blender.
  4. Blend on high until mixed well (approx. 1 minute)
  5. Serve topped with cinnamon.
Recipe Notes

The recipe can be halved or doubled as needed. I used coconut milk but you can use any milk you want. The collagen I use is Further Food and you can ASERENEPURSUIT10 code at checkout for a discount!

Enjoy!


Now it’s your turn…have you had turmeric before? What’s your favorite way to consume it?

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4 Comments

  1. January 1, 2018 / 1:20 PM

    Hey girl!
    I just came across your blog and I’ve been totally binge reading it. I love your blog’s focus and you share so much valuable information. I’ve been seeing these golden milk latte’s all over the place but I’ve never actually attempted to make one. Now that I have your recipe I think today is the day 🙂 I love turmeric (I take the supplement, and I always put it in my scrambled eggs) so I like finding new ways I can incorporate it into my diet. Thank you! & Happy new year to you!

    Dee // http://www.morningcoffeewithdee.com

    • Angela
      January 1, 2018 / 5:36 PM

      That means the world to me! Your blog is gorgeous and the content is so inspiring. I’m so glad you’re trying the recipe – it’s literally life changing lol. I always love finding new ways to take turmeric too! Happy New Year to you, Dee!

      • January 1, 2018 / 6:35 PM

        Thank you so much that means the world to me too! I really went and made one after I left that comment and it was delicious! Although I think I might have added too much turmeric or cinnamon (or just didn’t blend it well enough) because it was a little too grainy for me. But it tasted good so I was happy lol

        • Angela
          January 2, 2018 / 8:44 PM

          Awww yes, next time maybe try blending it for longer or putting a little less. So happy to hear you tried it! <3

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