The golden milk or turmeric milk, is a warm drink that has as its main ingredient the Turmeric , a popular spice that has many virtues.
Read our in- depth study on turmeric .
Powerful antioxidant , golden milk has been recommended by yogi masters since the dawn of time because it would be a remedy for many health problems according to Ayurvedic medicine (traditional Indian medicine).
All those who practice kundalini yoga know this golden milk recommended by Yogi Bhajan (kundalini master) to his students to improve elasticity and perform yoga postures more easily.
But this drink is suitable not only for those who practice yoga, but also for all people who have joint problems . It is also good for the spine, which lubricates , and reduces inflammation.
Golden milk: what is it
Golden milk provides the body with a good amount of turmeric, the real star of this recipe. In fact, turmeric is a spice, from the same family as ginger, which has many virtues: it stimulates digestion and also has anti-cancer properties .
It is a drink made of milk cow or vegetable drinks, turmeric and black pepper.
It is a very simple recipe that is prepared in two stages:
first the turmeric paste is made
then the pasta is combined with cow’s or vegetable milk.
Also, you can add spices such as vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg. But the most important to reap all the benefits is the mixture of black pepper and turmeric .
Black pepper and turmeric: because together they are more effective
Thanks to the pepper-turmeric association , curcumin, a polyphenol contained in turmeric, is better assimilated by the body and acts faster. Furthermore, the piperine contained in black pepper improves the absorption of curcumin .
In fact, to enhance its benefits, other ingredients such as coconut oil or olive oil must be added , because curcumin is fat-soluble in fats. Therefore, associating turmeric with a fat body promotes absorption at the level of intestinal cells.
Golden milk: the health benefits
In Ayurvedic medicine , golden milk is considered a cure-all for:
- reduce inflammation : tendonitis, arthritis, rheumatism, sciatica but also inflammation of all kinds
- accelerate metabolism and promote weight loss
- improve memory
- lower bad cholesterol
- detoxify the body (has a draining action on the liver)
- prevent neurodegenerative diseases
- treat skin diseases
- relieve respiratory problems
- relieve muscle , joint and menstrual pain
- slow down skin aging
- reduce the risks of high blood pressure
- improve sleep
- prevent tumors: thanks to the presence of antioxidants and bio-flavonoids, turmeric helps to inhibit the effects of oxidative stress.
Golden milk: how to take it
Yogi masters recommend its use for 40 consecutive days . This drink can be consumed both in the morning upon waking up and in the evening before going to sleep.
You can also drink golden milk as needed . If you have a cold or are flu, the advice is to drink a cup a day to relieve the ailments.
Golden milk: contraindications
The contraindications of golden milk are the same as turmeric.
Golden milk is not recommended for:
- pregnant women
- children under 3 years old
- those suffering from gallstones, gallbladders, ulcers
- who takes anticoagulants and insulin.
In some cases, side effects such as nausea, diarrhea and heartburn may occur. If this happens, the advice is to stop drinking.
Find out how to make golden milk
Portions 1 person
Calories per Person 220
Total Calories 220
For the turmeric paste
- 1/4 cup of organic turmeric powder (about 30 g)
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper ground
- 1/2 still water mug
- 1 glass container
For the golden milk
- 125 ml cow milk
- 1 spoon coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric paste
- 1 spoon honey
For the turmeric paste
Cook all the ingredients in a saucepan over low heat, mixing until you get a thick and homogeneous paste. It will take a few minutes. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.
For the golden milk
Pour all the ingredients except the honey into a saucepan. Heat them over low heat. Stir constantly, being careful not to let the contents boil. When cooked, add a tablespoon of honey.
Instead of honey, you can use agave syrup or stevia.
To make golden milk for one person, you need ½ teaspoon of turmeric paste, so there will be some left over. You can keep it in a glass container in the fridge for a month.
Calories refer to the cup of golden milk.