Golden Milk Frenzy Is Good For Your Health
Go ahead, just say yes to another Turmeric Latte. If you’re not hip to the #goldenmilk frenzy, it may be time to get acquainted. This winning beverage is popping up everywhere for all the right reasons: it’s comforting, warming and super healthy. That’s because of 4 key ingredients that earn it its trophy. Of course, you don’t have to stop at the mug with any of these champs. The classic fall spices in golden milk deliver a wealth of health benefits wherever you sprinkle a dash.
It’s hard to resist though, getting them all together in one super satisfying sip. If you’re ready for the golden life, here’s a recipe to try.
Cinnamon Supports Healthy Blood Sugar
Oh, the benefits of cinnamon, where to begin? In addition to antioxidant and antimicrobial properties – not to mention its wonderful flavor – cinnamon is shown to support healthy blood-sugar levels. It does this by actually decreasing the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream after a meal meaning it can help abate a sugar spike and subsequent crash. Cinnamon also improves insulin sensitivity. You’ll remember that insulin is a key hormone that regulates metabolism and energy use. Finally, cinnamon is also being studied for its potential use in cancer prevention and treatment.
White Pepper May Help Weight Control
White pepper is simply black pepper with the outer skin removed. Both are a health boon though you’ll find that for aesthetics most golden milk recipes call for the white kind. In a pinch, black pepper works just as well and imparts the same nutritional benefits. And what are those benefits? Pepper contains piperine, a natural compound that according to research conducted at Sejong University in Seoul, South Korea is found to be effective for supporting weight loss especially the blocking of the formation of fat cells.
Ginger Is Great For Your GI
Feeling bloated or queasy? Ginger can help. According to research published in Digestive Diseases and Sciences, ginger is shown to relax muscles in the GI tract thus easing symptoms that can contribute to not feeling your best. Ginger is also shown to promote overall digestion and the metabolism of food, which is essential for supporting the immune system.
Turmeric Can Ease Pain
This vibrant root, which is a quintessential ingredient in curries and a cousin of ginger, is an inflammation fighter. This is because of curcumin, the compound in turmeric that gives it its bright color. In one study turmeric extract supplements were just as effective as ibuprofen in easing pain associated with knee osteoarthritis. That’s not all. According to a study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, curcumin has also been shown to ease symptoms associated with depression.