Turmeric Tea Benefits + Recipe
Experience the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric tea.
The brightly colored spice known as turmeric belongs to the ginger family and has been used by many different cultures as a food seasoning for thousands of years. The spice is commonly equated with Asian curry dishes. However, turmeric was also one of the many ingredients found in ancient medical remedies.
Turmeric contains a compound known as curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties. The spice additionally has more than 24 compounds possessing anti-inflammatory characteristics. Some of the compounds act as COX-2 inhibitors. The enzyme COX-2 is responsible for causing inflammation, pain and swelling. The spice has also been shown to reduce LDL or bad cholesterol in addition to lowering blood sugar levels.
Tea made from turmeric contains other natural ingredients that promote better health. Cinnamon and ginger offer the same anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory and anti-cholesterol benefits as turmeric. Ginger also helps reduce nausea.
The compound capsaicin, which is found in cayenne pepper, has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties along with having the ability to reduce blood sugar and boost metabolism. Honey is known to have antimicrobial characteristics, which fight bacterial and viral infections. Coconut milk also boasts antimicrobial compounds. Milk made from nuts contains omega-3 fatty acids and acts as an antioxidant while containing various minerals and vitamins.
Golden Milk or Turmeric Tea
- 2 cups of almond, coconut, cow or pecan milk (bone broth can also be used)
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. powdered ginger
- pinch cayenne or red pepper (optional)
- 1 tsp. honey or real maple syrup (optional)
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into a pot and heat thoroughly for three to five minutes until hot.
- Serve warm.