The world of food and nutrition has gone nuts about turmeric. Curious why turmeric has become so fashionable and why your local cafe started serving turmeric latte? In fact turmeric isn't "news" in the world of wellbeing- it is a staple Indian spice, that has been widely used for healing in Ayurveda and Eastern traditions.
Turmeric is a nutritional powerhouse and is said to have numerous benefits to our bodies, mainly due to the active component curcumin. Far most important and researched the most is it's anti-inflammatory qualities that aid digestive improvement, muscles and bones and cardiovascular health. High amount of antioxidants contribute towards reducing pains and restoring general wellbeing. From Ayurveda to Western world, turmeric is widely used for a variety of issues: from a bloated belly to arthritis pain management.
Although the qualities of curcumin are fantastic, the body does not absorb it that easily. Studies have shown that consuming black pepper and turmeric together could boost absorption of curcumin up to 200%!
Golden milk must be my favourite way to reap the benefits of turmeric and is also a great swap for a hot chocolate. Traditionally it is drank an hour or two before bed, for its calming and digestion soothing properties.
Prep time 5 min
Makes 2 cups
450ml alternative milk (tastiest with almond or rice-coconut)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp organic turmeric
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
cracked black pepper
Simply heat the milk and add coconut oil and spices, but take off before it boils. Leave to cool slightly and sieve. Only then add honey. Enjoy!