Have you wondered if golden milk is really anti-inflammatory?
Today we’ll look at the science behind the popular golden milk recipe, learn how to make it, and see what benefits this turmeric milk provides.
Golden Milk Benefits
The benefits of golden milk come first and foremost from the ingredient Turmeric. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which is very beneficial to your health.
So if you use turmeric to make the golden milk recipe, you will enjoy some of the benefits mentioned below.
Curcumin benefit #1: Immunity Boosting
In the last two decades researchers found that turmeric can modulate the activation of T cells, B cells, and natural killer cells. These cells are important for immune response when a virus enters your body. Even at low doses, turmeric powder improves your body’s antibody response:
“[…]. This suggests that curcumin’s reported beneficial effects in arthritis, allergy, asthma, atherosclerosis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and cancer might be due in part to its ability to modulate the immune system. Together, these findings warrant further consideration of curcumin as a therapy for immune disorders.” (source)
Curcumin benefit #2: Weight Loss
“Curcumin administration increased weight loss from 1.88 to 4.91%, enhanced percentage reduction of body fat (from 0.70 to 8.43%), increased waistline reduction (from 2.36 to 4.14%), improved hip circumference reduction from 0.74 to 2.51% and enhanced reduction of BMI (from 2.10 to 6.43%) (p < 0.01 for all comparisons).” (source)
Tip: Always consume turmeric with a pinch of black pepper, as this will increase the bioavailability by 2000%.
Curcumin benefit #3: Kills Cancer Cells
Spices may have cancer fighting properties. Turmeric is one of the better studied spices when it comes to cancer fighting foods. It can kill a wider variety of cancer cells (source):
“Overall, our review shows that curcumin can kill a wide variety of tumor cell types through diverse mechanisms. Because of numerous mechanisms of cell death employed by curcumin, it is possible that cells may not develop resistance to curcumin-induced cell death. Furthermore, its ability to kill tumor cells and not normal cells makes curcumin an attractive candidate for drug development.”
Other Benefits of Turmeric
Furthermore, curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and is a great antioxidant. Another source suggests that curcumin can help in the managements of:
- oxidative and inflammatory conditions
- metabolic syndrome
- exercise-induced inflammation
- muscle soreness
While turmeric has many health benefits, it should be mentioned that some of the studies are limited. I do believe it is a good, healthy choice to make turmeric milk every day with this delicious vegan golden milk recipe. You’ll be able to enjoy the drink while reaping numerous health benefits.
Vegan Golden Milk Recipe
My favorite milk to use for the golden milk recipe is soy milk. Soy milk contains plant based protein and it’s creamy enough with a hint of sweetness. You could also use cashew milk or almond milk. The almond milk is not as creamy but some like the taste better.
I do like to sweeten my turmeric milk with a little bit of maple syrup. Maple syrup is a better option than sugar due to its lower glycemic index. Maple syrup also contains a small amount of minerals. Here are some other natural zero calorie options:
- Heat the plant based milk in a small pot or in the micro wave.
- Add all spices and ingredients.
- Stir until everything is combined. You can also use a milk frother for a more smooth blending. This will also make it more like a golden milk latte drink.
- I suggest stirring the golden milk on occasion while you drink it. Some of the spices settle when the drink sits for a while.
- You can add the optional spices and sweetener to your desire.
Nutrition info is based on using soy milk.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 87Total Fat: 4gCarbohydrates: 6.7gFiber: 4gProtein: 8.2g