Upsides of Turmeric:
Curcumin (the active compound in turmeric) is such a powerful anti-inflammatory, it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs (without the side effects).
Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals while stimulating the activity of your body's own antioxidant enzymes.
Curcumin boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), which increases the growth of new neurons and fights neurodegeneration.
Downside of Turmeric: It's...well, "potent." (And not in a good way.)
I've always struggled to find ways to incorporate turmeric. Even a small pinch seems to dominate all other flavors. It's not what you'd call a "subtle" spice. And yet, with its innumerable benefits, I championed on, in search of a turmeric-featuring recipe I actually enjoy.
The search is over. Golden Milk Lattes are not only blissful, they're also beautiful. The turmeric gives off a vibrant golden color, while the milk and other spices tone down its intensity. As good as gold.
Bredesen Protocol Approved
Plant Paradox Approved
1 1/2 c Nut Milk of Choice
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Pinch of Nutmeg
Dash of Black Pepper
If you have a milk foamer:
In a mug, combine the vanilla, turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, and black pepper, mixing together with a spoon.
Steam or foam the nut milk in your milk foamer.
Add about 1/4 cup of the nut milk to your mug. Whisk all ingredients together thoroughly.
Add in the remaining nut milk and stir. Optionally, sprinkle more cinnamon over the top, and serve.
If you don't have a milk foamer:
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy.
Transfer contents to a small pot and place on medium heat until warm.
Pour into a mug. Optionally, sprinkle more cinnamon over the top, and serve.
NOTE ON ABSORPTION
The bioavailability of the curcumin in turmeric is enhanced when combined with 2 ingredients: black pepper and a source of fat. Black pepper contains piperine, a bioactive compound that significantly enhances the absorption of curcumin. Since turmeric is fat-soluble, curcumin is also best absorbed when combined with a fat. So, make sure not to skimp on the black pepper, and to choose a full-fat nut milk (or add 1 tsp of coconut oil).