TURMERIC (CURCUMIN)- Turmeric is a “miracle spice” from India that seems to be responsible for low rates of certain diseases among the people who eat a lot of it. The active ingredient, Curcumin, is believed to be able to help with arthritis in the joints (especially the knees), Alzheimer’s, inflammation, insomnia, pain, skin disorders and cancer. It also helps detox the liver, which may be why it can help with cancer.
There are many ways you can get more Turmeric in your diet. You can cook with it, take pills, or make a beverage with it you drink daily, which is what we’re going to go over today. We’re going to talk about making “Golden Milk”, which is a recipe for health the people of India have been using for thousands of years.
MAKING THE PASTE- Keeping in mind that Turmeric stains like crazy (so you will probably want to wear an apron when working with it), carefully mix 1/2 cup of non-tap water (use good water) with 1/4 cup of turmeric and stir while simmering lightly over medium heat. Once it forms a paste, about the consistency of glue, that part is finished. The paste should be stored in a glass bowl in the refrigerator where it will keep around two weeks.
MAKING THE MILK- The goal is to get 1/2 – 1 tsp of Turmeric per day. An easy way to do this is to add 1/2 to 1 tsp of turmeric paste, whichever tastes better to you, to around 2 cups of milk. This can be cow’s milk, goat’s milk, whatever you prefer.
Cook on medium low for 4-5 minutes. After it is ready, add honey or stevia to taste, and you can also add a little sesame oil if you like. Do not add the sweetener or the oil until after the milk is cooked. (Oil spoils and goes rancid really easily when heated.) The reason you lightly cook the Turmeric is to “predigest” it, making it easier for your body to absorb its nutrients.
Have this drink once or twice per day.
OTHER IDEAS- Besides milk, you can also add this paste to rice or yogurt. You can search the internet for similar formulas, as this is a very popular drink in some ‘alternative medicine’ circles.
Dr Matt and Dr Robin
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This email is courtesy of Matthew Barnes, D.C. and Robin Barnes, D.C. Neither this nor any of our emails are intended to be medical advice and should not be taken as such. They are opinion and are for informational purposes only. None of the nutrients discussed here are meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.