Golden milk or Turmeric milk is a traditional cure for cold and cough. It has been used for the same purpose for adults and children since ancient times. It is a simple drink made with milk by adding turmeric and black pepper to it.
In addition, turmeric has various health benefits – it has antioxidants and fights infections, it is anti-inflammatory, can soothe the stomach and treat stomach related problems and can even fight cancer. All this makes golden milk a truly all rounded health drink. Although turmeric (Curcuma longa) requires no evidence to support its benefits, here are some listed.
In conclusion, the studies reveal that the ability of turmeric to scavenge radicals, reduce iron complex and inhibit peroxidation may explain the possible mechanisms by which turmeric exhibits its beneﬁcial effects in relation to its use in cooking and medicine. (Tilak, et al., 2004)
Tilak, J. C., Banerjee, M., Mohan, H. & T.P.A., D., 2004. Antioxidant availability of turmeric in relation to its medicinal and culinary uses. Phytotherapy Research, 18(10).
Human studies of curcumin in cancer treatment have shown little toxicity and encouraging results. (Wolfbrandt & Mistry, 2011)
Wolfbrandt, A. H. & Mistry, A. M., 2011. Dietary Turmeric Potentially Reduces the Risk of Cancer. Asian Pacific J Cancer Prev, Volume 12, pp. 3169-3173.
Let us take a look at how to make turmeric milk at home.