In my quest to find a helper for my inflammation. I stumbled on this delicious, creamy concoction known as Golden Milk. Little did I know then that this yummy treat would change my life and begin my journey towards healing.
What is Golden Milk? Golden milk is a traditional Ayurveda drink that people make with turmeric, which gives it a yellow or gold hue. People also call golden milk “turmeric milk.”
It is made with warm, nondairy milk, turmeric, cinnamon and a dash of black pepper. Well, that’s the recipe that I love. People also add ginger or Cardamom pods, but that makes the flavor a bit too strong for me. My Golden Milk Mix has the right balance to make it taste delicious while addressing the inflammation in my body. Now, many of these spices contain antioxidants or have anti-inflammatory properties.
So, what’s the big deal about Golden Milk? The potential benefits of golden milk include, reducing inflammation, preventing cell damage, improving mood, preventing heart damage and helping brain function. Golden milk’s ingredients, which are black pepper, cinnamon, and turmeric, all contain anti-inflammatory properties. Reducing inflammation can help prevent or manage these conditions.
Now, I’m no doctor, but a person may reduce inflammation by adding golden milk to their regular diet and to me that's a win-win! Anytime that I can reduce the amount of prescription medication that I am ingesting, my liver thanks me. Here's an example, a small pilot study done by the National Institute of Health (NIH) found 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. 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.
There is also evidence to suggest that curcumin can help improve mood in people who consume it regularly. In my opinion, a simple drink that can do all of that is at least worthy of a try.
Another recent study done by National Institute of Health (NIH) 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.
Taken at night prior to bed also helps relax you and prepare you for sweet dreams. Golden Milk Mix has helped me reduce my inflammation to be able to do my farm work. It’s no miracle cure, but the reduction in daily pain is greatly welcomed.
How to enjoy your own cup of Golden Milk:
½ cup nondairy milk, such as coconut or almond milk
1 tsp honey
Combine all the ingredients in a pot. Next, bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add 1 tsp. of Golden Milk Mix. Let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes or until it is fragrant.
To serve, strain the mixture through a fine strainer to remove the spices. Add your honey to taste. Golden milk will keep in the refrigerator for around 5 days.