Golden milk is an old Indian drink that has been gaining popularity lately. This bright yellow beverage with turmeric and other spices is touted for its many health benefits and often used as an alternative remedy to boost immunity. Learn how to prepare it now!
Benefits of Golden Milk
The key ingredient in golden milk is turmeric, a yellow spice popular in Asian cuisine, which gives curry its yellow color. Curcumin, the active component in turmeric, has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries due to its strong antioxidant properties. Most golden milk recipes also include cinnamon and ginger — both of which have impressive antioxidant properties as well, that help protect cells from damage, fight off disease and infections and contribute to your overall health.
Turmeric, ginger and cinnamon, the main ingredients in golden milk, also have strong anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce inflammation and joint pain.
Golden milk may be good for your brain, too. Studies show that curcumin (turmeric) may help your brain to form new connections and promotes the growth of brain cells. Ginger may also boost brain function by improving reaction time and memory. Cinnamon may help preserve memory and reduce the decline in brain function from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
How to Prepare Golden Milk
- 500ml milk
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tbsp honey
- A pinch of black pepper
- Anise or Cinnamon stick (optional)
Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and whisk, then gently heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain and serve warm in cups or heatproof glasses, garnishing with a cinnamon stick or anise, if you like.