I've got a new winter favorite that has replaced my beloved afternoon cup of coffee (SERIOUSLY and that is saying a lot). Wanna find out what it is? Read on to find out all about Golden Milk...
What is Golden Milk? It's main powerhouse is turmeric, which is most well-known for its use in curry dishes, but is also earning a name for itself as a potent medicinal food.
Turmeric, the powerful, potent spice that plays a big role in Ayurvedic medicine, has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and improve circulation and estrogen metabolism. In Ayurveda, turmeric is considered an important tool in combating everything from amenorrhea and endometriosis to fibroids and cysts. Turmeric also boosts the immune system, something we all need during cold and flu season.
Turmeric contains curcumin, the polyphenol identified as its primary active component and which exhibits 600 potential health benefits of turmeric, which include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
There are many variations of golden milk you can try, but most are made with coconut milk (and some include coconut oil as well, although I just make mine with coconut milk). Blending turmeric in with coconut milk not only adds a soothing, creamy base (try it with the vanilla kind for some added sweetness) but also additional health benefits. About 50 percent of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid, which is rarely found in nature. Lauric acid is a type of medium-chain fatty acid (MCFAs), which is easily digested and readily crosses cell membranes, and MCFAs are immediately converted by your liver into energy rather than being stored as fat. There are numerous studies showing that MCFAs promote weight loss, including one study that showed rats fed MCFAs reduced body fat and improved insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance.
So what does it taste like? It's kinda hard to explain, kinda "spicy", definitely different, but blended with coconut milk it's a creamy, almost sorta savory and so warming and comforting afternoon drink (or for anytime really).
Now, for you fellow breastfeeders in the audience, yes, it is safe to have turmeric while breastfeeding your baby. However, you should consume the herb in small amounts orally and commonly through food (ie avoid consuming turmeric in supplements). Having large doses of turmeric can sometimes result in drying effects that can reduce lactation in nursing mothers.
Some studies suggest that turmeric can also even help with mastitis because of the anti-inflammatory properties. Feeling like you're in a mommy fog? Turmeric can help with that as well since it improves brain function, improves memory, dopamine levels and hormones that increase the growth of brain cells and fight degenerative properties. As always, consult your doctor before trying anything if you have questions.
I use a mix for my Golden Milk, the Gaia Golden Milk Powder (which I pick up locally at Healthy Living Market and Cafe) but recipes abound on the internet and you can tweak your own recipe according to your liking. xoxo