It is becoming more and more apparent that inflammation is at the root of most chronic and degenerative diseases. From depression and Alzheimer’s disease to heart disease and cancer, it turns out that your best choice for treatment or prevention is to reduce inflammation throughout your whole body. This article is going to introduce you to one of the best and most natural ways you can prevent illness and heal your body at home.
Golden Milk is a traditional Ayurvedic treatment for reducing inflammation, preventing cancer and increasing longevity. There are many unique recipes for Golden Milk, the simplest being Turmeric simmered in milk at a low temperature. The recipe below is a modern and scientifically augmented version that makes curcumin, a highly active compound in turmeric, approximately 8000 times more bio-available.
This yummy beverage is usually taken before bed to improve sleep and promote health.
Turmeric is one of the healthiest plants on Earth. The main active ingredient in Turmeric is called Curcumin, which is a very effective antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer compound. There are many supplements that have Curcumin extracts in them, which makes it easy to add to your diet. Unfortunately Curcumin is very hard to absorb by itself. Below is the recipe and below that is a description of why this specific formula is medical grade.
Medical Grade Golden Milk Recipe
1/4 cup organic Turmeric powder
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
1 teaspoon freshly crushed cardamom
1 teaspoon freshly ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground Ceylon cinnamon
1 teaspoon organic unpasteurized honey
½ cup coconut oil
1 cup organic goat’s milk or coconut milk
Simmer the water in a saucepan and add the turmeric, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon, stirring frequently with a utensil you are happy to see turn yellow for 2 minutes. Add the coconut oil and stir until blended completely. Add the pepper and turn the heat down to low, stirring frequently for another 2 minutes. Allow to cool and stir in the honey. Refrigerate in a glass container. When it is time to make some very potent Golden milk, add a tablespoon (or less at first) to a cup of goat milk or coconut milk. Heat until it is warm enough that small bubbles come to the surface. Do not allow it to boil. Enjoy daily, especially about an hour before bed.
Here is the why…
Medicinal herbs are amazing! There are hundreds, if not thousands and each one has something special that it can do to help you in some way. More importantly, when you combine certain herbs they can intensify their beneficial effects in a variety of ways. For example, when you add freshly cracked pepper to Turmeric powder it makes the usually hard to absorb Curcumin about 2,000 time more absorbable. This is because fresh pepper contains Piperine, a volatile alkaloid that has some interesting properties. Not only does it make Curcumin more bio-available, it also reduces sensitivity to pain, improves cognition and enhances liver function. By emulsifying these ingredients in coconut oil, the medical benefit becomes four times stronger. Pretty cool!
Cinnamon is not only delicious; it also has many medicinal properties. Before I get into its benefits I need to clarify something. There are two kinds of cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon. In most of world it is easier to get Cassia cinnamon, which unfortunately contains a significant amount of a substance called coumarin. Coumarin has some negative side effects, and at high doses can damage your liver. Don’t worry, you would have to eat a lot of Cassia cinnamon to hurt yourself. When making a medicinal beverage like Golden Milk it only makes sense to get the more medicinal Ceylon cinnamon. It is better to buy the sticks and grind them yourself than it is to buy the powder, but the powder will work well enough if you can’t find the sticks.
Cinnamon is an amazing medicinal plant. Taken regularly it can help lower blood sugar and triglycerides, which are very beneficial effects for most people in midlife. Cinnamon can also improve normal blood clotting, fights bacterial and fungal infections, improves memory and improves digestion.
Cardamom is an herb that is commonly used in Traditional Chinese medicine to stimulate Kidney function. Scientifically it has been shown to improve your kidney’s ability to eliminate toxins and helps stimulate your production of sex hormones, improving libido and overall sexual function. It can also help prevent cancer as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
Cloves are very effective at treating parasites and bacterial infections. They also stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes, augment your immune system and help control blood sugar. Cloves are also known to reduce inflammation and pain and assist in promoting bone density.
Honey is much more than a delicious sweetener. It contains natural antioxidants, enzymes and minerals including iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium. Vitamins found in honey include vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid (B 5) and niacin. Honey also promotes the growth of good bacteria in your intestines, blocks free radicals, aids sleep, counters pollen allergies and reduces homocysteine levels to maintain a healthy heart.
Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fats on earth, with almost 90% of the fatty acids in this healthy food being saturated. Coconut oil also contains Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which are fatty acids of a medium length that go straight to your liver from your digestive tract. MCT’s are used as a quick source of energy or turned into ketones, which can have a therapeutic effect on epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease. Almost half of the fatty acids in coconut oil are made of a specific molecule called Lauric Acid, which kills harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi.
By combining all of these medicinal ingredients you will have created a treasure trove of health and prevention from most chronic disease. Please let me know if you decide to try this recipe and what it does for you.