Golden Milk sounds as though it could be something from a fairy tale, and it certainly has magical health properties! Consisting of virgin coconut oil, black pepper and turmeric mixed with milk, Golden Milk is the current super beverage that is finding itself on every health website – but what does it actually do?
It’s not a new concept
Although those celebrating the merits of the drink would like to believe that it is a new innovation, a similar Ayurvedic version is actually very popular in the Indian subcontinent as a cure-all and has been for many years. The Haldi Doodh turmeric milk is a slightly different recipe from Golden Milk, in that freshly ground turmeric root is boiled in milk, with a dash of pepper, a teaspoon of ghee and a taste of honey to sweeten it.
Can you make Golden Milk at home?
One of the best things about Golden Milk that is a little different from many other fad beverages is that it can be made at home easily as long as you can source the ingredients, which are as follows:
Milk – Any milk can be used, whether you prefer classic dairy, soy, or a nut-based milk such as almond or cashew, this is a milk-based drink that can easily be adapted for allergies or vegan diets.
Fresh turmeric root – This is the ideal form; however, organic turmeric powder will also work.
Fresh ground black pepper – Most of us will have peppercorns in a grinder in our kitchen cupboard already so this is easy to source.
Ghee/virgin coconut oil – Both of these have healthy fats which will aid in the absorption of the health benefits of the turmeric.
Honey – Without something to sweeten the drink, it might taste a little bitter, however, to keep it healthy, look to something like honey or jaggery.
What are the benefits of the ingredients?
Turmeric is an edible superhero and is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, offering potential cancer prevention, pain relief, and a better immune system. Another key ingredient, black pepper is known to fight off coughs and colds, aid digestion and bowel issues such as constipation and diarrhea and works to prevent heart disease. Coconut oil or ghee can aid in losing weight, boosting your immune system and giving you healthy skin. Last but certainly not least, honey is another digestive aid and can help to detox your body. Plus it tastes great!
So why drink Golden Milk?
The ingredients of Golden Milk, as we have seen above, have many health benefits and together, they are even stronger. The drink can ease joint pain and anti-inflammatory properties without the need for medication. It is good for the heart due to reducing blood pressure and lowering cholesterol, and for diabetics, it helps to regulate insulin levels, preventing sugar spikes. If you are trying to lose weight, Golden Milk is a great aid, and the turmeric can help to ease heartburn and indigestions, which will be a fantastic help for people who suffer from these. The ingredients can help aid in optimum digestion and help those who have bowel issues such as constipation and diarrhea. Many of the elements offer an improved immune system, due to their antifungal, antibacterial properties and are great for improving brain function which helps to prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Golden milk can even promote happy thoughts and lower depression and stress while improving memory.
Golden Milk is the health drink you need right now, and even better you can make it at home!