Thick, yellow and spicy: that’s golden milk. Also known as turmeric milk, orhaldi doodhin Hindi, it is the latest in a long line of health foods to emerge from the Indian subcontinent over the past number of years, following the well trodden path of ghee, coconut oil and homemade yogurt.
The yellow-gold spice turmeric holds a special place in Indian culture - the Hindi religion considers it sacred and auspicious. The spice is used in wedding ceremonies to dye themangala sutra - a necklace used as a kind of wedding ring - and in some parts of southern India, as part of an amulet to ward off evil spirits. And of course, turmeric is ubiquitous in Indian cuisine in delicious curries and the like.
Turmeric has also long been known for its healing properties, it is a major part of Ayurveda medicine where it is used to restore balance between the doṣas - in the west, one might call them humours - as well as Siddha medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, Yunani medicine, and the animistic rituals of Austronesian peoples.
Now, add milk. And perhaps a dash of pepper, cinnamon and some ginger and you have turmeric milk, which has a range of health claims made in its favour. But what are they and is turmeric milk really the golden ticket to good health.
Well, depending on the milk you use, you end up with a lot of calcium and vitamin D which we know contributes to stronger bones.
Turmeric and another common ingredient of golden milk, ginger, are good for digestion and may provide relief for people with ulcerative colitis. Ginger, along with cinnamon, may also lower blood sugar levels.
Cucurmin, an important chemical in turmeric, may have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties; may prevent the growth of blood vessels in tumors and fight cancer; and has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It may also improve your heart health by strengthening blood vessel linings and help fight depression and improve memory.
Science has only just begun to investigate many of these claims and there’s a lot of work that still needs to be done, so be sure to check with your doctor or health care professional before making any big changes. Still, turmeric clearly shows a lot of promise and may yet live up to its name of a golden drink.
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