Have you ever heard of the so-called Golden Milk? What sounds like a decadent whey drink is supposed to be a real health boost. This is where milk meets turmeric, which has made a name for itself as an absolute superfood in recent years.
What is Golden Milk and where did it come from?
Turmeric and any type of milk form the basis for the Golden Milk – depending on the recipe, other ingredients such as maple syrup, ginger, coconut oil, cinnamon, pepper, cardamom, or other spices are added.
The whole thing results in an extraordinary taste that may take some getting used to. But anyone who already knows turmeric as a spice or as the main ingredient in curry powder will certainly appreciate the spicy and slightly bitter aroma. And the golden milk is also visually appealing. Depending on the composition, it appears in a yellow or orange hue, which is naturally given by the turmeric powder.
The Golden Milk is the western version of the traditional Haldi Doodh from India, where the drink has been drunk for centuries. In Ayurvedic naturopathy, golden milk has always been known as a remedy and is used, among other things, for detoxification. The main ingredient turmeric in particular is said to have many different healing and cleansing effects in Ayurveda.
The effect of the golden milk
The health boost that you should get with Golden Milk is due, among other things, to the coloring agent curcumin contained in turmeric. According to a study by the University of Michigan, which appeared in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, even small doses of curcumin are said to have a positive effect on cells. The molecules of the dye, therefore, insert themselves into the cell membranes and stabilize them. As researchers conclude, this strengthens the cells and makes them less sensitive to bacteria and germs.
Turmeric is also said to have other health-promoting effects. The root is said to stimulate the liver and thereby detoxify the body. A cup of Golden Milk can also help with minor stomach problems such as flatulence. Because turmeric stimulates digestion. In addition, turmeric is said to inhibit inflammation, strengthen the immune system, have an antioxidant and relaxing effect, and help with sleep disorders.
However, the effects of turmeric and its extract curcumin have not yet been sufficiently researched to be able to make reliable health recommendations.
Beware of the golden milk
A special taste experience is guaranteed with Golden Milk. As far as the beneficial and health-promoting effect of this special drink is concerned, everyone must go on a journey of discovery. However, turmeric is not suitable for some people. Both pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as people suffering from gallstones should avoid turmeric extracts and therefore avoid drinking golden milk.