Golden milk is another term for a milk drink mixed with turmeric. Indonesians usually call turmeric milk. Although this traditional drink has been around for a long time, golden milk is now a trend as a health drink.
In its presentation, golden milk usually contains not only milk and turmeric , but also spices, such as cinnamon, cardamom , and ginger, to make the taste unique and delicious. This herb is often drunk to help increase endurance.
There are several benefits of consuming golden milk that you can feel to support body health, including:
1. Help relieve colds
One of the benefits of golden milk is that it helps relieve colds and also relieves an itchy throat . This is because the curcumin in golden milk has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties that can help prevent infection.
2. Reduce inflammation and joint pain
Not only preventing infection, consuming golden milk is also believed to help reduce inflammation and joint pain. This is none other than the content of curcumin from turmeric, which is a chemical compound that has anti-inflammatory properties.
3. Prevents cell damage in the body
In addition to helping reduce inflammation, golden milk can also prevent damage to cells in the body. This benefit is due to the high content of antioxidants in turmeric, which can fight free radicals.
4. Improves bone health
Milk is famous for its calcium and vitamin D content which plays a role in maintaining bone strength. The milk content in golden milk can meet your daily calcium and vitamin D needs.
Actually there are many more benefits of golden milk that you can get, such as helping to treat sore throats and relieving digestive disorders, such as ulcerative colitis .
Consumption of golden milk is also claimed to lower blood sugar levels and maintain heart health . For these two benefits, further research is still needed.
How to Make Golden Milk at Home
Here is one recipe and how to make golden milk that you can try:
- 1/2 cup full cream or unsweetened milk
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp turmeric powder or 1 turmeric
- 1 tsp ginger powder or 1 small piece of ginger (optional)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder or cinnamon stick (optional)
How to make:
- Mix all ingredients in a saucepan, then bring to a boil.
- Let the ingredients simmer for about 10 minutes or until you can smell the aroma.
- Remove and strain the golden milk through a small sieve into a glass.
- Cool and the golden milk is ready to be consumed.
To make it taste fresher, you can also make it a cold drink or make it in the form of juice.
Golden milk can be a choice of health drinks. However, if you have special health conditions, you should first consult with your doctor before consuming it.