Time for a relaxing drink
I’ve always loved golden latte, also called turmeric latte. I was never making it for myself though. But always had great pleasure to get one when on the menu of vegan cafés I used to sit (or work!) in. This creamy drink ,with aromas calling for travel, has something both soothing and healing in it. It’s a bit like between a herbal tea and a hot chocolate, not quite as decadent but not quite this medical-feel either.
In the end, the main thing is to enjoy every single sip, right? It’s a moment for oneself, these delicious sips flow down the throat bringing us comfort and well-being.
It is one of those drinks that have the power of bringing us back to the present moment. We are there, well seated, maybe in company, and we savor this delicious cup of creamy golden milk! Just one of those small daily pleasures, and it just feels good 🙂
Turmeric: golden properties
This well-being that we get while drinking it, comes perhaps also from the beneficial effect that turmeric has on our body. Indians understood it well and it has been one of the staples of Ayurvedic medicine for centuries.
It is not by chance that India has one of the lowest rates in the world for cancers such as prostate, breast, lung or bone cancer. Turmeric contains exceptional qualities in terms of anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and cognitive functions. Ayurveda also recommends it for the health of the intestines, bile, liver or fat metabolism.
The anti-cancer properties of turmeric are very well documented today. Indeed, curcumin inhibits the proliferation of tumors. It shows also very protective, as a study has shown that giving 1.5g of curcuma per day for 30 days to a group of smokers reduced the presence of carcinogenic compounds in the body.
Protects the lymphatic system
It also has a very interesting action on the lymph. When the intestines are subjected to stress, they produce mucus which may decrease the absorption of nutrients and reduce its detoxifying power. By taking turmeric, the mucus becomes thinner and helps bile flow. Bile helps break down fats and emulsifies toxins stored in fats such as heavy metals and pesticides.
Enhancing turmeric absorption
When turmeric come in association with black pepper, this improves its bioavailability. In 1998 Researchers from the University of Medicine in Bengalore found that ttaken together (two key ingredients of curry), it increased absorption rate of turmeric by 2000%! This is why now they are often found together in many food supplements.
Drink your daily good mood
Another juicy effect of curcumin, it has proven effects on the mood ! Indeed, it promotes the secretion of norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine, which brings with it good mood, sleep, memory, but also motivation, pleasure, appetite, improved learning etc.. I finally understand why I’m feeling so good when having a golden latte!
Turmeric latte beats Prozac
Surprisingly, it is as effective against severe depression as Prozac. This study published by Phytotherapy Research shows that in addition to the fact that there are no side effects, the action of curcumin has an action on the protection of neurons and helps fight against cellular degeneration in case of stress.
To keep the highest level of curcumin in turmeric, it is advisable not to heat it. And of course we choose an organic quality, even in powder form so that it is not irradiated.
There would still be so much to say but these few words will hopefully make you want to put more golden milks, curries and other eastern sun-tinted dishes on your plate 🙂
Turmeric latte, with ginger please
Ginger also has many properties. To mention just a few, let’s recall that the best known is its hepatic function. It wonderfully protects the whole digestive system.
In addition, many studies have been able to demonstrate its main compound, gingerol has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant actions.
Thus when consuming ginger, this stimulates the immune system in its whole. Just some extra reasons to consume some even more!
Turmeric and ginger, as well as cinnamon and black pepper are part of the traditional Indian drink, called haldi doodh. It has been part of Ayurveda for centuries. Only for the last few years the West dicovered its health benefits which fueled the trend! Interestingly, in India it is less a pleasure drink than a drink that is given for medicinal purposes.
I now give you my own version of turmeric latte that I had great pleasure to explore, bringing my own touch with living food. I wanted it as raw as possible, and for this purpose extracting the juice directly from the fresh turmeric and ginger roots is ideal. And I think that it tastes much better. It is much more powerful in taste and very easy to digest.
Turmeric Latte, vegan & raw
- Milk bag
- Juice extractor (optionnal)
For the almond milk
- 1 cup almonds soaked overnight
- 2 cups water
For the rest of the ingredients
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger chopped
- 1.5 tbsp fresh turmeric chopped
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 tbsp agave syrup
Making the almond milk
- Place the almonds and water in the blender bowl.
- Blend until the consistency is well blended.
- Pour the contents through the milk bag, press well to extrat as much milk as possible and discard the almond pulp (you can keep it for another recipe).
Preparation of the golden milk
- Place the almond milk in the blender.
- Add the rest of the ingredients.
- Blend for several minutes until the mixture is homogeneous and getting a golden color.
- Pour into the milk bag again and discard the pulp.
- Warm the contents in a saucepan to a temperature still comfortable for your little finger.
- Pour into your cups, it’s ready!
- Tip: you can use an extractor to obtain the ginger and turmeric juices directly and then mix them with the other ingredients 😉
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