Once of the main ingredients in this milky drink is turmeric. The primary active component in Turmeric is curcumin, a polyphenol that has over 150 potentially therapeutic properties, which include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
Modern science, as quoted in The Answer to Cancer by Hari Sharma MD, has found that curcumin:
- enhances digestion
- is more protective of DNA than lipoate, vitamin E or beta carotene (anti-oxidents)
- stimulates glutathione S-transferase, a detoxifying, cancer-preventing enzyme
- modulates nitric oxide and is associated with its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties
- intensifies the anti-cancer properties of other plant chemicals
- inhibits leukemia at initiation, promotion and progression
- inhibits precancerous colon lesions
- inhibits the growth of multiple breast cancer cell lines
- protects against heart disease.
- suppresses colon cancer
Another ingredient in the recipe is black pepper. Because of its heating and penetrating properties, black pepper is thought to enhance curcumin’s bioavailability by over 1,000 times.
Step 1: Turmeric Paste
- 1/4 cup of turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp of ground pepper
- 1/2 cup of water
- Mix the ingredients well in a small saucepan.
- Turn the heat to medium-high.
- Stir constantly until the mixture is a thick paste.
- Let this mixture cool
- Put any extra turmeric paste that you don’t use in a small jar and keep in the fridge.
Step 2: Golden Milk
- 1 cup of organic whole milk (non-homogenised is the best)
- 1 teaspoon organic ghee or organic coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon or more of the turmeric paste
- Date or Maple syrup
- Pour the milk in a saucepan and turn the heat to medium
- Stir in the turmeric paste and ghee so that it dissolves in the warming milk
- Stir constantly until the milk comes to boiling point
- Take off the heat, and Date or Maple syrup to taste