I confess, I spent quite a long time making this recipe many times over, working at getting the taste just right. But I was determined to achieve a nice balance of spices, crucial to this beautifully coloured Golden Milk recipe.
So, why Golden? It’s all thanks to the Turmeric, which in Southeast Asia has been used both as a spice and an herbal remedy, for thousands of years. Turmeric is a product of the perennial plant Curcuma longa, with some of the active components being curcumin, curcuminoids and tumerone. Curcumin is the main extract from turmeric that is usually what we see in supplemental form. Turmeric itself adds colour and flavour to foods and cosmetics, and in Ayurvedic practices has been used for a variety of medical purposes – strengthening overall energy in the body, dispelling worms, respiratory ailments, improving digestion, decreasing inflammation, and improving specific skin conditions, to name a few. Thousands of studies have been performed on the properties of turmeric and the health benefits of ingesting it. One example is this study on the effects of Turmeric and Alzheimers patients.
One of the best ways to take in Turmeric is to combine it with milk or fats, and some black pepper, of which the active component is piperene. The purpose of this mixture is to increase the bioavailablity and make Turmeric more absorbable. According to the Journal of Ayruveda and Integrative Medicine (2010), piperine has been shown to increase absorption of Vitamin C, selenium, beta-carotene, Vitamin A, and Co-Q10.
Golden Milk Tonic is a really good warming drink to take in at any time. In particular, in the late fall and throughout the winter, this recipe is useful to consume due to the fact that it contains warming herbs and spices, which helps improve digestion and increases our natural tendency to insulate during the cold months.
So make, enjoy, and may the power of Turmeric be with you!
Dr. Olena Gill is a Licensed Naturopathic Physician and Registered Acupuncturist (2003). She practices acupuncture and TCM at Indigo Integrative Health/The Mind-Body Connection Centre in Parksville and Squamish, BC.
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