Beautiful golden turmeric is a key ingredient in curry, paella and other delicious dishes. Did you know that turmeric is also a super healthy ingredient in its own right?
One of the most delicious ways to enjoy the health benefits of turmeric is in turmeric tea or “golden milk,” a brew of turmeric, milk and spices. We’ll answer some FAQs and share a delicious turmeric tea recipe.
Is Drinking Turmeric Tea Good for You?
While scientists are still studying the health benefits of turmeric, what’s clear is that the spice contains curcumin, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound. Inflammation can cause a slew of health problems, so turmeric may offer several potential benefits.
Potential Turmeric Tea Benefits
- It has antibacterial and antiviral properties, which may ward off colds and flu
- May reduce swelling or stiffening in joints and muscles
- Cinnamon and ginger, usually added to turmeric tea, also have anti-inflammatory benefits
- May boost brain health and memory
- May ease digestive upset or symptoms of chronic digestive disorders
- Can ease menstrual cramps
How to Make Turmeric Tea
- 1/2 cup milk (dairy or plant-based milk of your choice, unsweetened)
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger (ground spice or grated fresh ginger root)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Dash of ground black pepper (helps your body to absorb the beneficial curcumins in turmeric)
- 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup, optional
Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then immediately lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until the entire pot smells deliciously spicy and the milk is a uniform golden color. Strain the milk into a mug. You can enjoy immediately, or keep pre-made turmeric tea in the refrigerator for a few days.
How Often Should I Drink Turmeric Tea?
The key ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, and Well and Good experts recommend 500 to 1,000 milligrams of curcumins daily to get the benefits of their anti-inflammatory properties. A typical teaspoon of ground turmeric contains 200 milligrams of curcumins. Try drinking two cups of turmeric tea a day, or a combination of tea, foods cooked with turmeric and/or turmeric supplements.
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