1. Golden milk has ant-inflammatory effect.
Golden milk’s ingredients, which are ginger, cinnamon, and turmeric, contain anti-inflammatory properties. Reducing inflammation can help prevent or manage conditions including heart disease, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, metabolic syndrome and others.
A person may reduce inflammation by adding golden milk to their regular diet. For example, a small study of 45 participants showed that consuming 500 milligrams (mg) of curcumin was as effective as taking 50 mg of a common arthritis medication at reducing inflammation. Curcumin is the active component in turmeric.
2. Preventing cell damage
Curcumin also has antioxidant properties. Some studies have shown that antioxidants can help a person’s body repair cell damage and help reduce the risk of many illnesses.
For example, one 2015 study found that antioxidants in foods and spices have a positive effect on reducing cell damage.
There is evidence to suggest that curcumin can help improve mood in people who consume it regularly.
A small study consisting of 60 participants found that taking curcumin supplements could help reduce symptoms in people with major depressive disorder. Those taking both curcumin and antidepressant drugs saw the most significant improvement.
However, more research is necessary to determine its efficacy and the right doses, as the authors of the study also said that the results were not statistically significant.
Some older studies have suggested that turmeric may help improve brain function, but more recent research is necessary to fully prove its effectiveness.
Ginger and cinnamon, the ingredients in golden milk, have shown some promise in animal studies.
For example, one study looked at cinnamon’s effect on preserving specific proteins related to Parkinson’s disease. These proteins are protective against its symptoms, such as memory loss and tremors.
The study showed promising results, but studies in human are necessary to fully show how effective cinnamon is for improving brain function.
Do you need more reasons to try this health-packed drink and include it in your diet?
Here's the recipe:
1/8 tsp. turmeric
pinch of black pepper
pinch of cinnamon
½ cup water
1 cup milk (coconut or almond are great, too)
1-2 tbsp. almond oil or ghee (optional)
honey (to taste)
Boil water, turmeric and black pepper in small saucepan over medium-high heat for 8 minutes (the turmeric must be fully cooked). Meanwhile, bring the milk, cinnamon and almond oil to boiling point in a separate pan and remove from heat.
Combine the two mixtures and add honey to taste. You could even add a tiny bit of nutmeg.
It's delicious, so enjoy!
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