Turmeric Tea, called Golden Milk, is a delicious way to get your daily dose of turmeric. This spicy chai will warm your heart and stimulate vitality. Sweet potato latte is quicker to prepare and tastier than pumpkin. This homemade version is far healthier than store bought latte, as it’s free of dairy, sugar, GMO’s and chemicals. I’ve found that heating it on the stove works better than microwaving, which often creates a gritty texture to the latte.
Check out the WOW benefits of Turmeric!
General Health Benefits – Turmeric and its active ingredient curcumin, contain powerful anti-aging, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, antiviral, anti inflammatory, analgesic and anti-microbial properties. One of turmeric’s primary roles is to prevent free radical formation in the cells.
Alzheimer’s – Studies at the University of California found that turmeric can reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. Curcumin in turmeric can block the development of Beta-amyloid plaque in brain tissue associated with Alzheimer’s. Maybe that’s why a study of elderly people in Indian villages found that they had the lowest instances of Alzheimer’s in the world. Indians consume large amounts of turmeric in curries and turmeric tea.
Lung Ailments – Turmeric can ease bronchial ailments such as coughs and colds. Curcumin plays a protective role in exposures to toxins such as mineral dusts, airborne pollutants, cigarette smoke, and chemotherapy. Turmeric is used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, acute lung injury, respiratory distress syndrome, and asthma.
Anti-Cancer Benefits – Studies suggest that turmeric has broad anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects. Okinawa is the island nation with the world’s longest average life span. Okinawans drink lots of turmeric tea.
Chemical sensitivity – Turmeric is a great natural herbal remedy for anyone who is allergic or chemically sensitive. It is known to aid circulation, lower cholesterol, and improve the health of arteries and veins.
Liver Function – Turmeric is known to detoxify body and liver, boost immunity, reduce bad cholesterol, and cleanse and purify the blood.
Yuo might be inclined to start sprinkling turmeric on everything. However curcumin (its major active compound) is poorly absorbed in the body and has minimal impact on blood levels when taken alone. Here are four important ways you can enhance its absorption:
- Always eat tumermic with black pepper: Black pepper can greatly improve absorption of turmeric in the body. In one study, when taken with 20 mg of piperine (active ingredient in pepper) per 2.2 pounds of body weight, it improved bioavailability of turmeric by 2000%.
- Add some fat: Turmeric is fat-soluble and thus much better absorbed when taken with fat. Examples of fat are coconut milk, coconut oil, MCT oil, animal fats, butter.
- Heat it: Heat is said to increase the solubility of curcumin (the primary active constituent in turmeric) by 12 times, which may also make it more easily absorbed in the body.
- Eat turmeric with quercetin-rich foods: Quercetin, a flavonoid, is known to inhibit an enzyme that inactivates curcumin. Adding turmeric to quercetin-rich foods can increase the absorbtion of turmeric in the body. Foods rich in isoquercitrin include leafy vegetables, broccoli, red onions, peppers, apples, grapes, black tea, green tea, red wine, capers, Serrano peppers, and some fruit juices.
My favorite ways to consume turmeric are as tea, latte, and curry dishes. Turmeric is the primary ingredient in curry powder. But beware, as most curry powders contain nightshade peppers, which cause problems for many people. Fortunately it’s super-easy to make your own curry powder. Check out my delicious recipe for Curry Powder – Nightshade free!
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1/3 cup cooked sweet potato, in chunks (about 85 grams)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon unprocessed salt
- 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric, depending on how strong you like it.
- 1/8 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 heaping teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon or more ground black pepper
- Sweeten to taste with about 1 tablespoon Just Like Sugar Brown natural chicory root sweetener, or 1/2 teaspoon PureLo Lo Han Sweetener by Swanson, or 2 teaspoons raw honey, or your favorite sweetener.
- Cook the sweet potato beforehand. I bake it about 45 minutes. Baking two potatoes saves time. Or cube the potato and steam or boil.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat add all the ingredients except sweetener. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Sweeten to taste and blend again
- (If you don’t have an immersion blender, no worries. Place all the ingredients into any blender before heating. Blend until smooth. Then pour into a saucepan and heat to boiling. Do not over-boil, as coconut milk may separate.)
- You may choose to strain out the spices with a small gauge strainer to make it velvety smooth. Pour into a 16-oz cup, sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy!