Turmeric is one of the most well-researched spices because of its many health benefits. Similar to ginger in size and composition, it is believed to have anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties. It’s also a super delicious flavor agent used in many Asian and Indian dishes.
Curcumin (Curcuma longa), the chemical compound found in turmeric is the specific element believed to provide relief for a litany of conditions and prevention of several chronic diseases.
According to the European Food Safety Authority Panel, taking 3 mg for every kg of bodyweight a day as part of a healthy diet has the potential to help you prevent a variety of afflictions and can generally improve your overall health and well-being.
Taking an over-the-counter supplement is a quick, easy, and often preferred option for its convenience, particularly if you are able to find an organic supplement.
An even better way to get turmeric health benefits is to add fresh or powdered turmeric to your diet. Fresh and powdered turmeric have a slightly better absorption rate (especially when paired with other naturally occurring absorption aids like black pepper.) Check out our scrumptious golden milk recipe below to reap the full benefits of this amazing little spice.
Turmeric Latte, AKA “Golden Milk”
Drinking a turmeric latte is a delicious way to get your daily curcumin hit and also satisfy that afternoon craving for something hot and creamy.
It’s best to use fresh turmeric root as well as fresh ginger, although finding fresh turmeric can be tricky. Some Whole Foods grocery stores do carry it, as well as some local specialty stores. You can also ask your grocer to stock up.
We’ve included the recipe for use with either the fresh root or the dried version (which is much easier to find and therefore quicker and somewhat easier to brew).
And because it’s caffeine free, it’s an excellent alternative to your afternoon Cup of Joe, as turmeric provides an extra jolt to your immune system and your organs.