Move over, pumpkin spice — there’s a healthier spice in town! We’re talking about the delicious taste and benefits of the turmeric latte (also known as a golden milk latte).
Turmeric has been used for centuries because of its effects on inflammation, digestion, and much more. In Ayurvedic medicine, people will combine turmeric with water or milk to be extra enjoyable to drink. And, in recent years, we’ve seen turmeric lattes pop up more in coffee shops and restaurants.
If you want a warm drink with bright yellow color and rich spices, consider drinking more turmeric lattes this year and experiencing some excellent health benefits.
5 Amazing Turmeric Latte Benefits
The benefits of the turmeric latte come from the key ingredient: turmeric. Drinking the spice in tea or latte form just makes it easier (and tastier) to consume.
Grab a cup this season to support your body in the following ways.
1. Curcumin for Inflammation
The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. It’s what gives turmeric its vibrant yellow color.
Studies have shown that a bioactive compound in curcumin may have anti-inflammatory properties, and inflammation is linked to many common chronic diseases.
Curcumin is also a potent antioxidant that might help fight free radicals, harmful molecules that can lead to disease.
2. Brain Support
Your brain is arguably one of your greatest assets, and the benefits of turmeric lattes might include something to do with brain health. Early research suggests that regularly consuming curcumin might support better memory and a lower risk of memory-related diseases.
A randomized controlled trial from 2013 also found evidence that curcumin may be a safe and effective option for those with major depressive disorder (MDD). (However, patients should talk to their doctors first.)
3. Bone and Teeth Health
A turmeric latte gives a healthy dose of antioxidants, curcumin, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and folate. Turmeric is also rich in phosphorus, which you need for healthy bones and teeth.
4. Stomach Soothing
Enjoying a turmeric latte each day might help with an upset stomach or acid reflux. Some people use turmeric as an alternative treatment for stomach ulcers, too. Plus, there’s just something about a rich, warm drink that helps soothe your body and mind.
5. Joint Support
Finally, a turmeric latte might help support better joint health. Some people turn to alternative supplements like turmeric instead of traditional over-the-counter options to manage joint pain. And recent studies and experts have shown that curcumin in turmeric might be good for the joints because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
How to Make a Turmeric Latte
If you can’t buy a turmeric latte somewhere local or don’t want to spend the money, you can make your own:
- Heat one cup of milk in a saucepan or in a cup in the microwave.
- Remove the pan from the heat. Add ¾ teaspoon of ground turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon, and ½ to one tablespoon of maple syrup or honey. Use a whisk to combine everything well.
- Enjoy your turmeric latte immediately.
You can use any milk of choice, but do keep in mind that turmeric is fat-soluble. For best results, use milk with higher fat content, such as coconut milk or whole milk, or have your turmeric latte with a meal higher in healthy fats.
Some ground ginger and a pinch of black pepper can also boost your drink’s benefits. A compound called piperine in black pepper helps your body better absorb curcumin, and ginger might help with inflammation and pain when combined with turmeric.
Try replacing your favorite warm, sugary latte with more turmeric lattes this year. You might be pleasantly surprised at how great you feel!