5 Benefits of Turmeric Milk

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Turmeric powder is often considered the king of spices and is frequently used in curries and other Indian dishes. It is extracted from Curcuma longa, which is a tropical herb root. Extensive research on the properties of turmeric powder (curcumin, the main active component) shows that it provides antioxidant, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin only makes up 5 to 10 percent of turmeric. You can add turmeric powder in your cooking, or mix it with water for a quick, easy health boost. Turmeric milk can help strengthen your immune system, regulate your digestive system, and detox your liver & your blood.

The downside is that curcumin has low bioavailability, meaning your body needs help absorbing it.  The best way to boost the bioavailability of curcumin is to consume it with high-quality fat. This means to make it a “Bulletproof” style, blended with ghee, MCT or coconut oil.

 

Benefit #1 Strengthens your immune system

Turmeric milk can help enhance your general immunity to protect yourself against a large number of diseases. It is enriched with anti-viral properties, which is why it is often recommended to help fight influenza. It can be especially beneficial for children who are susceptible to influenza or other viral diseases like chickenpox and measles. It can help reduce the development or severity of side effects associated with viral illnesses.

Benefit #2 Remedy for treating digestive problems

Digestive problems are a challenge, and it often becomes too easy to turn to medication to manage the symptoms. However, turmeric milk may provide a more natural and effective solution to soothing problems in the digestive tract. The anti-inflammtory properties act to soothe the digestive tract. Drinking turmeric milk can help improve digestion by relieving gas and bloating. It can also help reduce heartburn resulting from gastric reflux. Turmeric milk improves the flow of bile, which is linked to fat digestion. You can also try turmeric milk to soothe indigestion and loss of appetite.

Benefit #3 Detoxes your liver

Some studies have shown that traces of curcumin—the active component of turmeric—may be linked to the prevention and reversal of fatty liver and liver cirrhosis. Your liver has over 500 functions in your body! It is responsible for recycling and processing chemical substances stored in it. These chemical substances range from chemical additives in processed foods to environmental pollutants you inhale. Turmeric milk is enriched with detoxifying and hepatoprotective properties that may help protect your liver from these toxic materials.

Benefit #4 Purifies your blood

Turmeric powder has earned a good reputation for its antioxidant and detoxifying properties. Toxins are released into our bodies by consuming junk food or through our respiratory tract when we inhale pollution. Toxins are not only detrimental towards our circulatory system, but they can also contaminate organs and tissues once blood is transported to them.

The presence of toxins in blood has been linked to several skin conditions and diseases. Turmeric milk can help purify your blood by clarifying your liver, which is one of the most effective ways to cleanse your blood. The diuretic effect of turmeric milk eliminates the traces of toxins through urination. Be consistent with your consumption of turmeric milk to avoid the buildup of toxins in your blood, and visit a doctor or functional medicine specialist regularly to have your blood tested and monitored for toxic build up.

Benefit #5 Alleviates the symptoms of eczema

Eczema is a skin disorder that is linked to inflammation and may be linked to a build-up of toxins in your body. Turmeric milk is enriched with anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties that can help reduce and alleviate the symptoms of eczema and other inflammation consequences. Consuming curcumin regularly can fight inflammation and alleviate a variety of subsequent symptoms.

Try this recipe for Turmeric Milk:

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk

  • 1/2 cup filtered water

  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder

  • 1/2 tbsp. MCT oil, grass-fed butter or (both)

  • Stevia, xylitol, or monk fruit sweetener to taste

  • add vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger to kick it up a bit. get creative and make it your own

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and heat on low-medium.

  2. Taste and adjust the sweetness to your own taste.

  3. Pour the mixture into a blender and mix for 30 seconds – 1 minute.

  4. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

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-   Dr. Lara

REFERENCES

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1756920...
[2] http://alzheimer.neurology.ucla.edu/Curcumin... [3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PM...


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