Golden milk is a centuries-old beloved health and beauty drink of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Recently it has also caught the attention of the West. According to Google Trends, searches on its main ingredient – turmeric, have risen by 300% in comparison to the previous year. Find out why people love this healthy and yummy formula.
Golden milk is a vegan beauty drink – a real gem of Ayurveda and a beautiful healthy alternative to common hot drinks such as tea or coffee. Main benefits of the golden latte are credited to turmeric, and its main active component – curcumin. Curcumin is an incredibly beneficial polifenol, that can contribute greatly to human health. Although only about 3% of turmeric’s mass is curcumin, the combination of this golden spice with black pepper can increase its bioavailability by 2000%. But that’s just the beginning. Below are seven more reasons to include the golden milk in your diet.
1. Golden milk can contribute to a healthy heart
Recent research by the Polish Institute of Cardiology shows that approximately 10.5 million people in Poland suffer from high blood pressure, about 1 million suffers from heart disease and approximately 80 thousand people a year will have a heart attack. If we do not start looking after our health and live a healthier lifestyle, these numbers will only grow. On top of healthy diet and habits such as physical exercise, it is beneficial to include golden milk in your daily diet. Research shows that it can be beneficial for the heart as golden milk can greatly improve blood circulation and act as a natural remedy to lower blood pressure in the case of high blood pressure.
2. Golden milk can improve memory and brain functions
Other research shows that curcumin can assist in increasing the levels of certain important neurological substance, which contributes to creating new brain cell connections and improving their growth. In view of this research, it is believed that drinking golden milk can contribute to the proper functioning of the brain. A cup of golden latte a day can help with improving cognitive functions, memory and have protective benefits against Parkinson and Alzheimer diseases.
3. Golden milk’s key ingredients are rich in antioxidants
Antioxidants are necessary for the proper functioning of cells. Scientists believe that a diet rich in antioxidants can lower the risk of inflammation and diseases. The golden and aromatic combination of turmeric and cinnamon is a powerful natural anti-ageing weapon. The antioxidants in turmeric and cinnamon have another benefit too. They protect cells from oxidative stress caused by free radicals, thus contributing to a healthy looking and glowing skin. They simply support beauty from within – adds Marta Ravensdale, the founder of ZOJO Beauty Elixirs.
4. Golden milk has anti-inflammatory properties and can support joint health
Curcumin is also believed to have strong anti-inflammatory properties. Research leads scientists to believe that curcumin contained in turmeric, the main ingredient of golden milk drink, can decrease the pain of patients with joint issues. Some believe that curcumin has greater anti-inflammatory benefits than typical non-steroid anti-inflammatory OTC drugs.
5. Golden milk’s curcumin component can improve gut health and the functioning of the digestive system
Turmeric, the main ingredient of the golden milk, can support digestion and more specifically the processing of fats, by increasing the production of bile by 62%. It supports proper functioning of the digestive tract and help people with leaky gut issues.
6. Golden milk is rich in calcium and Vitamin D for bone support
Both cow milk and its plant alternatives are rich in calcium and vitamin D. Both support the bones and can assist in preventing osteoporosis related problems. In order to fully benefit from the golden milk, it is best to avoid adding extra sugars.
7. Golden milk has anti-inflammatory, ant-bacterial and anti-viral properties
In India, golden milk is often used as a local remedy for cold and flu. Turmeric and cinnamon, used to make golden milk, have anti-bacterial and anti-viral benefits and as such, they can support the immune system and protect the body from infections.
Author: Agata Elandt