Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Golden Milk {+ Video}

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Golden Milk

Before you beat me to the punch, I will stop you right there, I realize that golden milk has become a bit of a “golden child” (pun intended) in the food blogging world. I am not the first to share a golden milk recipe and I am sure I won’t be the last. It’s a buzz food, currently and I am not one bit mad about it, I love the stuff, I have been enjoying it for years.  I decided to still go ahead and share my personal recipe here on the site, despite the mass amount of golden milk recipes floating around the web, with the intent to share with you some important bits, tips and thoughts often left out, in regards to the proper means to assimilating all of the many benefits of turmeric.

Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Golden Milk

The term “superfood” has certainly become a bit of a buzzword in recent years, an often overused term, at that. Often, these foods that have been used for healing for many centuries become adopted by modern culture and as the foods become more readily available, we reap the benefits. Win win! But, people tend adopt these foods and run wild making claims for health and healing, often without doing the research for themselves or fully understanding the claims they are making. Unfortunately, often, much like the phone call game we played as kids, the details and important facts can be lost along the way.

Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Golden Milk

Before I get into what is often left out and what we aren’t always told, let’s talk about the benefits! Turmeric and curcumin, the well-studied main bioactive component of turmeric, have been found to promote health and protect against a wide variety of health conditions.

Some of the Over 150 Boast-Worthy Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin Include:

  • it’s one of the most potent anti-inflammatories in nature, powerful for use against arthritis, IBS, sports injuries, Crohn’s disease, autoimmune conditions and more
  • it contains powerful anti-microbial, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties
  • great analgesic for use on pain relief following trauma
  • lowers blood sugar and may lower risk for diabetes
  • aids in healthy digestion
  • daily curcumin supplementation has been shown to reduce triglycerides by 47%
  • boosts the immune system
  • great for heart health, uspected to be able to protect against cardiac hypertrophy, inflammation, and thrombosi
  • promotes healthy cholesterol levels
  • curcumin suppresses microinflammation in the GI tract associated with inflammatory bowel disease
  • improves brain function, reduces risk of brain disease and may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s
  • and so much more.

Turmeric, referred to in India as “holy powder,” has been used for centuries to treat wounds, infections, and other health problems and has now become the buzziest of  superfoods here in the states, popping up in anti-inflammatory drinks, smoothies, juices, puddings, cookies etc., it is everywhere. I adore turmeric, it is a part of my daily healing protocol, I take it the morning and the evening and I enjoy my homemade golden milk a couple times a week. Something often missed however, are the important facts that without the proper cofactors to boost and enhance it’s absorption, the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric, as well as those others listed above, may actually be totally lost on us.

Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Golden Milk

To Fully Take Advantage of Turmeric and Curcumin’s Therapeutic Properties, You’ll Also Need to Make Sure it is Well Absorbed.

Curcumin is the active, primary pharmacological agent in turmeric. Curcumin and turmeric should both be boosted by piperine (the alkaloid compound found in black pepper) to fully activate them. Piperine may actually increase the bioavailability of curcumin by up to 2000%!! {source} That’s some no-joke enhancing power, guys. Healthy fats are also recommended for enhanced absorption, as turmeric is fat soluble and has poor oral bioavailability. So what does that mean exactly?  This means that the body will not assimilate the healthful benefits in it’s simple, raw state. So those golden milk recipes floating around without these two powerful co-factors, as tasty as they likely are, they won’t bring the promised anti-inflammatory magic that this golden beauty is so well known for.

In a nutshell, if you are looking for the anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin systematically, as most of us are, absorption from the intestines is necessary (and this is where the piperidine and healthy fats come in).  However just a note, if you are taking the curcumin for use exclusively for inflammation in the colon and not systematically, then consumption without the boost for absorption, is certainly advisable.

Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Golden Milk

So, that’s a lot of information, but, honestly all worth mentioning. I know so many people that are still popping their turmeric pills daily and dropping tons of money at trendy juice shops on their golden milks, not realizing that without these boosts, they are literally paying for pretty yellow pills and a tasty golden tea, that do very little for you. Up until a couple of years ago, I was one of those people, dropping money on highly concentrated doses of unavailable turmeric, taking it daily and waiting for the magical effects to set in! This is why I have customized my golden milk recipe to bring these boosts, to bring maximum anti-inflammatory effects to this beautiful, vibrant, cozy, comforting drink, that is so delicious and so incredibly powerful.

I personally like to make my golden milk with fresh turmeric and ginger, I find the flavor and the benefits to be heightened, but you can certainly opt for dried and ground, instead. It’s just as good and just as effective. I find the combination of the ginger and the turmeric to be a fantastic one, but beyond taste ginger, is also quite the healing food in it’s right, bringing some anti-inflammatory effects, it’s soothing to the digestive tract, it’s cancer fighting, immune boosting and more.

I hope you make yourself a mug of this tasty, anti-inflammatory turmeric golden milk this week, your body will thank you. I especially love a mug of it, just before bed.

Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Golden Milk

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Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Golden Milk
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh turmeric root (or 2 teaspoons dried ground turmeric powder)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger root (or ¼ teaspoon dried ginger powder)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns or freshly ground black pepper*
  • 2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk (homemade almond or cashew milk or full-fat coconut)
  • raw honey or maple syrup, to taste
Instructions
  1. Other optional add-ins: ground cinnamon, fresh or ground cardamom, vanilla bean
  2. Add the fresh turmeric, ginger, oil or ghee and peppercorns to a mortar and pestle. You can also use a small food processor or blender. Grind until you create a fine, smooth and creamy paste.
  3. Add the milk of your choice to a medium saucepan. I usually use half coconut milk (the canned kind) and half homemade almond milk. You can use whatever you prefer. Add the turmeric ginger paste. Whisk well to combine. Bring mixture to a low and gentle boil, reduce the heat to barely a simmer and allow it to simmer for 5 minutes. Stirring often. Remove from the heat and sweetened to taste with raw honey (or maple syrup). I use about 1 tablespoon local raw honey. Strain the mixture to a fine mesh sieve, if you want it smooth. I rarely bother. Serve warm. Enjoy.
  4. Try Quicker Alternative Method: If you have a high speed blender that heats, like certain models of Vitamix or Blendtec, add all of the ingredients to the blender, run on high until heated and well blended. Anywhere from 3-6 minutes.
Notes
Note:
You can make a larger batch of the golden paste ahead of time and just store that and make your golden milk a cup at a time, too. The paste will store for a couple of weeks.
If you can get your hands on it, a small amount of pure piperine extract, would be amazing for the ultimate boosting power.

 

Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Golden Milk

 

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sarah | Well and Full February 29, 2016 at 6:30 am

Turmeric milk has become such a popular thing in the food blogging world, but I think you provided a really great guide here, Beth. I really like coming here and getting nutritional tidbits about the recipes!! 🙂

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2 sheena February 29, 2016 at 10:17 am

First and foremost, I love your site!!!! Truly appreciate all the hard work you put into it! You mention in this post that you take Turmeric both morning and night. I wondered which one you prefer? Thank you!!

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3 Sam February 29, 2016 at 11:28 am

Beth, another good way to increase the bio-availability of curcumin compounds is to ferment the Milk with turmeric in it. After heating the turmeric milk mixture to about 105 deg F, just stir a spoonful of active culture yogurt/kefir and let it set overnight.

Here is some science behind this:
http://suppversity.blogspot.com/2016/02/want-to-home-brew-your-own-15x-more.html

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4 Dawn March 1, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Wonderful article! I was wondering if black pepper essential oil would work as well as black peppercorns?

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5 Beth @ Tasty Yummies March 1, 2016 at 3:13 pm

Thank you. Hmmmm. I’m not actually sure about that. Interesting thought. It would depend if the black pepper essential oil contained those pipelines that are the necessary component. Worth looking into for sure.

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6 Sherrie March 1, 2016 at 2:30 pm

I am just loving the photos on this post! xx

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7 Jackie March 7, 2016 at 11:40 am

Awesome recipe, I’m making it right now. I see there is an asterisk by the fresh ground pepper but no follow up side note. Is there supposed to be one for this?

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8 Beth @ Tasty Yummies March 8, 2016 at 4:58 pm

just that, as it states in the notes, you could also use the extract, if you can get your hands on it.

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9 Nikole March 8, 2016 at 7:18 am

What brand of Tumeric do you recommend to take daily? Is it a pill? Do you consume it with almonds or almond butter or a healthy fat like avocado?

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10 Sandy March 8, 2016 at 9:38 am

Thanks for your posts. I get calcium oxalate kidney stones and pepper is very high in oxalates. I’m not sure about levels in the other ingredients. I am suffering now from what I believe to be too many oxalates in my body as I have been eating a quinioa granola mix that has flax and sesame seeds etc. I’m having pain in old injures and I’ve read that the oxalates can be at fault. If you have time to answer if you think I should drink this or substitute the pepper with something else I would greatly appreciate that. cheers

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11 June March 8, 2016 at 12:55 pm

Could you use just regular packaged black pepper for this? If so would you use the same amount?
Thanks 🙂

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12 Beth @ Tasty Yummies March 8, 2016 at 4:48 pm

yeh, that should work just fine.

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13 laura l March 21, 2016 at 2:48 pm

Hi,

I have leaky gut issues (inflammation in the intestines) I am not supposed to be eating any nightshade vegetables or anything spicy, do you think the pepper would be worth it in this case? I haven’t been using pepper for this reason but in this case it seems like it might be worth it?

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14 Lauren Deegan April 12, 2016 at 11:21 pm

At first, I found it very unappealing but now I have gotten used to it and am pushing myself to drink turmeric milk regularly. Thanks for this article.

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15 Donya Jones April 24, 2016 at 6:56 pm

I am a new Golden Milk convert and I love the taste! What I’m not a fan of is the coconut oil. Could I use avocado oil? And does full fat coconut milk not have enough oil in it? Thank you for this yummy recipe! 🙂

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16 RevW April 28, 2016 at 11:27 pm

How is it paleo if it has extracted oils or processed dairy (ghee) in it?

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17 MikeF June 22, 2016 at 1:29 pm

Just found your site. Incredible photography. Effort is much appreciated.

Can I simply blend and drink cold? Anybody tried this over ice? Would prep be a mess?

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18 Laura October 28, 2016 at 8:40 pm

Hi Beth,
Love your recipe. I love to add ginger cinnamon and honey. I’m wondering what you can do to keep the turmeric from staining your teeth? Thank you!

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19 Lauren Nuttall December 9, 2016 at 6:45 pm

Thank you thank you thank you thank you for providing a golden milk recipe that targets curcumin absorption <3 brilliant. I just made two batches.

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20 Devbabbar May 16, 2017 at 3:40 am

Truly appreciate your work !!! Thank you for sharing a magical turmeric drink recipe. Its not only tasty but also gives lots of health benefits . Keep Posting.

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