Turmeric is all the rage right now, and for good reason. Turmeric derives its medicinal superpowers from the compound curcumin, which has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may be beneficial for digestion, detoxification, and pain relief. According to a 2014 study, curcumin may be able to help fight depression. Curcumin has also been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory agent. It may have the potential to reduce a person’s risk for heart disease, prevent cancer, treat Alzheimer’s, and aid in relieving arthritis symptoms.
One of the easiest ways to reap the benefits of curcumin? Make a delicious turmeric tea latte, aka “golden milk.” Curcumin is fat soluble, so it’s a smart idea to drink this latte with a fatty meal or make it with whole or coconut milk.
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/4 cup warmed coconut milk
- 1/4 cup hot water or hot brewed rooibus tea
- 4-6 drops of vanilla liquid stevia
- Pinch of sea salt (optional)
Add all powders to an 6 ounce tea cup. Pour in your warmed coconut milk and whisk to blend, making sure to dissolve any clumps. Add liquid stevia. Pour hot tea or water over the top of the mixture. Carefully whisk, and enjoy. Or use magic bullet to lend the non heated ingredients and then heat in a pan over the stove top.
Don’t limit turmeric to just curries. It goes great with just about any food or drink. Add ap inch to vegetables, soups, dressing, marinades and teas. When possible, pair it with black pepper to enhance the bioavailability of the curcumin in the turmeric.