Most of the population living in Okinawa, a Japanese island with a high life expectancy of over 80 years, drinks golden milk, a traditional favorite beverage, on a daily basis.
The main ingredients of this creamy and delicious drink are turmeric and coconut milk.
Turmeric has been used as a medicine or cooking spice in different cultures for many years. Due to magical healing powers of this spice they called it “The Spice of Life” in India.
Turmeric has also been used abundantly in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for healing a myriad of diseases such as liver problems, skin problems, joint pains, healing wounds, etc.(1https://www.tcmworld.org/turmeric-your-golden-ticket-to-health/)
Recent scientific studies also do endorse the healing properties of turmeric.
In 2007, an ethnobotanist called James A. Duke conducted 700 studies on turmeric and concluded that turmeric helps to fight inflammation and improve brain and joint health.(2http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/act.2007.13503)
Inflammation is the root of many chronic diseases.
Curcumin is a strong anti-inflammation element which can be found in turmeric in abundance. And this property of turmeric makes it an ideal natural food for treating inflammation-related diseases such as arthritis, asthma, and chronic peptic ulcers.
New studies also show that the curcumin available in turmeric may also help to decrease blood sugar levels.
The other main ingredient of golden milk is coconut milk. In other variations of it, coconut oil or almond milk or soy milk may also be used as an alternative.
Coconut milk contains lauric acid which promotes weight loss and speeds up the fat burning process. It’s also packed with anti-oxidants, vitamins (B, C, and E), and minerals such as potassium, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium.
You can also make organic coconut milk at home using shredded unsweetened coconut and water. Check this coconut milk recipe to learn how to make it at home in 10 minutes:
Below you can find a list of health benefits of “Golden Milk”:
- Fights inflammation
- Decreases blood sugar levels
- Promotes weight loss
- Enhance immune system function
- Improves digestive health
- Cleanses liver
- Promotes healthy sleep
- Cures arthritis and related diseases
- Treats various skin problems
- Boost memory and brain function
- Relieves stomach pain
- Alleviates heartburn
I make this tasty and healing beverage in two easy steps. First, I make the turmeric paste which acts as a “starter”, then I create my favorite cup of golden milk.
- 1/4 cup organic turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1/2 cup water (preferably filtered water)
Mix all of the ingredients in a small pan. Over medium heat, stir the mixture until a thick paste is formed. Remove it from the heat and let it cool down for a few minutes. You can keep this paste in a small glass jar with lids for two weeks and use it whenever you want to make a cup of golden milk.
Note: Adding black pepper to this beverage enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000% and increases the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric.
- 1 cup of coconut milk (almond milk or soy milk may also be used)
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric paste
- a sweetener like honey, stevia, or maple syrup to taste (optional)
- a pinch of vanilla (optional)
- a pinch of cinnamon (optional)
Mix all ingredients, except the sweetener and optional vanilla and cinnamon, in a saucepan and heat gently. Don’t allow the mixture to boil. Stir them gently until all of the ingredients are fully mixed. Remove it from the heat before it starts boiling. Add the sweetener, vanilla, and cinnamon.