Health benefits of turmeric have been known for ages. In fact, the combination of turmeric and milk has been known to be a potent one when it comes to healing injuries and has been used in Indian households for centuries.
How to make turmeric milk
Turmeric milk is traditionally made by heating cow’s milk or plant-based milk with turmeric as well as spices such as cinnamon and ginger. It tastes delicious when served warm in an insulated tumbler.
Health benefits of turmeric milk
The active component in turmeric is curcumin. Turmeric finds several uses in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine. We know that turmeric is loaded with several antioxidants that protect the body from oxidative stress and its ill-effects. While, on one hand, antioxidants are known to help protect the body from infections and diseases, they are also known to ensure proper functioning of the body cells.
Chronic diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer are known to be caused by chronic inflammation. Turmeric milk is loaded with several compounds that have powerful anti-inflammatory effects that can help reduce the risk of these very conditions.
In fact, curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has extremely powerful anti-inflammatory properties which rival even those of pharmaceutical drugs but without any associated side-effects. It’s no surprise then that regular consumption of turmeric milk can help reduce joint pain in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Studies also suggest that the consumption of turmeric milk that is loaded with cinnamon and ginger can help boost brain function and memory while keeping diseases such as Alzheimer’s at bay.
Curcumin, the active turmeric ingredient is also known to help fight depression. The consumption of turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon has also been linked to a lower risk of heart disease. The consumption of turmeric milk can also help reduce blood sugar levels.