Turmeric has received at lot of attention in recent years, and for good reason. This flavorful spice has been shown to have some pretty impressive health benefits, due to one of the compounds it's made up of, curcumin.
A few of these include:
- Anti-inflammation. Chronic inflammation contributes to many common Western diseases. Curcumin can suppress many molecules known to play major roles in inflammation, and has been known to help those suffering from arthritis.
- Anti-oxidation. Curcumin has powerful antioxidant effects. It neutralizes free radicals on its own but also stimulates your body's own antioxidant enzymes.
- It could prevent degenerative brain disorders, like Alzheimers. Curcumin boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in your brain.
- It has benefits for those suffering from depression. A study in 60 people with depression showed that curcumin was as effective as Prozac in alleviating symptoms of the condition.
- It should lower your risk of heart disease and prevent cancer, thanks to those anti-inflammatory properties and other beneficial effects on several factors known to play a role in heart disease and cancer.
Here's a warm and comforting way to enjoy turmeric this fall. "Golden Milk" has long been a staple in Indian households, and this is a delicious latte version of the traditional drink. All of the anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin in the turmeric makes it a wonderful post workout beverage to soothe muscle pain & help recovery!
- 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½-1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup, to sweeten
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
- Pinch of cardamom
- Extra ground cinnamon, for sprinkling on top
- In a small pot, add almond milk, vanilla, honey, ground turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. Whisk together and bring ingredients to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 3-5 minutes to reduce the mixture a bit; stirring occasionally.
- Pour into 2 small mugs, then sprinkle with a little ground cinnamon on top, or add a cinnamon stick. Enjoy!
This recipe was adapted from Ambitious Kitchen.