Tumeric is obviously having its moment. According to Google, searches for the spicy ingredient increased 56 percent from November 2015 through January 2016. Now a turmeric-laden drink called Golden Milk is the breakout star of the summer. The power-packed vegan beverage (that is reminiscent of egg nog or chai tea), has gained a cult following as a healthy alternative to coffee, and here’s why:
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It’s Super Good for You
Although it may seem like the latest healthy concoction, turmeric milk has been around for centuries. Known in Eastern cultures as Haldi Doodh, the Ayurvedic drink has long been touted for its medicinal benefits. The Golden Milk latte (also known as the turmeric latte) has a few key ingredients you may already have on hand: non-dairy milk (almond or coconut milk), turmeric, ginger, ground pepper, honey and cinnamon.
Turmeric (or curcumin, the active ingredient in tumeric) has been known to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can ease swelling and redness and relieve muscle pain. It also helps with weight loss and can aide in improving digestion. The antimicrobial properties found in ginger can help prevent viruses and the plant is also a natural remedy for many stomach ailments like nausea, morning sickness, IBS and other common digestive issues.
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It Has an A-List Following
This tasty alternative to a caffeinated beverage has also received the Goop seal of approval, the lifestyle site published recipe and article promoting its healthy skin benefits. With A-lister’s like Gwenyth Paltrow and Kourtney Kardashian as outspoken fans of the drink, it’s no wonder that the highly photogenic, golden-hued cure-all has become an increasingly popular Instagram drink.
— goop (@goop) April 29, 2016
An Iced Version Will Cool You Down
Enough said! If your local coffee shop hasn’t already jumped on the Golden Milk latte bandwagon, you can make your own version at home by using the key ingredients or ordering a ready-made turmeric latte mix. Wunder Workshop Instantly Golden Golden Mylk Blend ($20), Golden Grind Tumeric Blend ($20) and Gaia Herbs Golden Milk Powerdered Tumeric Blend ($20) are great options to help all your turmeric summer dreams come true.