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14 Amazing Health Benefits of Turmeric Milk!

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Written by Dr Prachi Garg
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Turmeric Milk, commonly known as ‘ Haldi ka Doodh’ is one of the best remedy passed on to us by our ancestors. It is also called ‘ Golden Milk ‘ due to the colour turmeric imparts to milk when mixed in it.

Spices like clove, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper and ginger can also be added to it for additional health benefits.

Be it cold, cough, flu, wounds, joint pain etc. turmeric milk is the best choice to make. Let us see the innumerable effects turmeric milk has on our health :

  • Anti-Inflammatory:

Turmeric contains curcumin. Research has shown curcumin to be highly effective in reducing inflammation. [1]

The anti-inflammatory effect of curcumin is most likely mediated through its ability to inhibit cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), lipoxygenase (LOX), and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS).

This effect of turmeric makes turmeric milk highly beneficial in reducing pain, swelling etc.

  • Powerful Antioxidant:

Curcumin present in turmeric milk is also a powerful anti-oxidant. It protects our body from damage caused by free radicals. It thus reduces the risk of cancer, diseases of heart etc. [2]

  • Immunity Booster:

Turmeric also boosts the immunity levels. Its anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties protect us from a variety of infections. [3]

Many doctors highly recommend taking a teaspoon full of turmeric in a glass of warm milk every day to keep common cold and flu at bay.

Read More: How to Boost Immunity Naturally?

  • Delays Diabetes:

Curcumin present in turmeric delays the onset of type 2 diabetes mellitus. It inhibits the formation of inflammatory cytokines, thus having a favourable effect on blood glucose levels. [4]

  • Reduces the Risk of Heart Diseases:

The antioxidant property of curcumin found in turmeric may prevent heart diseases and diabetic cardiovascular complications. Curcumin also reduces serum cholesterol levels and protects against the pathological changes occurring with atherosclerosis. [5]

  • Reduces Risk of Cancer:

Curcumin present in turmeric interferes with the growth and development of cancer cells and prevents their spread at the minutest molecular level ( metastasis ) . Thus, it effectively reduces the risk of new cancerous growth. [6]

  • Helps in Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease:

Alzheimer’s disease is caused due to build-up of protein tangles called amyloid plaques. Curcumin in turmeric helps in clearing these plaques. [7]

  • Helps Patients with Depression:

Curcumin in turmeric boosts BDNF ( brain-derived neurotrophic factor) levels in the brain, thus helping patients with depression. [8]

Curcumin also boosts the brain neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. [9]

Also Read: 15 Ways to Naturally Treat Depression

  • Anti-Ageing Effects:

Anti-oxidant properties of curcumin in turmeric prevents damage of cells and thus slows down ageing. It effectively prevents the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. [10]

Curcumin also stimulates new cell growth.

  • Improves Digestion:

Curcumin in turmeric reduces bloating and brings the digestive system on track. It stimulates the gallbladder to produce bile. It also helps in preventing and treating pancreatitis. [11]

  • Treatment of Glaucoma and Cataract:

The anti-oxidant property of turmeric helps in treating glaucoma and cataract. Regular consumption of Turmeric halts the progression of glaucoma and prevents vision loss too. [12]

  • Good for our Skin:

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties that can help to:

  • Heal wounds
  • Prevent acne and breakouts
  • Fight eczema and psoriasis
  • Reduce scars
  • Lighten dark circles
  • Give a natural glow

Also Read: 20 Foods for Healthy Skin

  • Improves Bone Health:

Curcumin in turmeric reduces pain and improves joint functioning in patients of rheumatoid arthritis. [13] It also safeguards bone tissue and prevents bone loss.

Our body gets calcium, phosphorus, potassium, proteins, vitamin K, vitamin D by drinking milk. All these nutrients keep our bones strong and healthy.

Drinking milk lowers the risk of fractures and osteoporosis. [14] [15]

Read More: 10 Food For Strong Bones

  • Loads of Nutrients from Milk:

Milk is loaded with proteins and linoleic and omega-3 fatty acids which are beneficial for good health. [16] [17]

Milk is rich in calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B2, vitamin B12, potassium, phosphorus and selenium. It also contains vitamin A, zinc, magnesium and vitamin B1.

All these nutrients make milk a complete and healthy drink.

How to make turmeric milk?

  1. Add around 1 teaspoon turmeric powder or 1 inch of fresh ginger in a glass of milk.
  2. Boil it for 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Once you strain it, your turmeric milk is ready for drinking.
  4. Add honey or sugar for sweetening if required.
  5. You can also add clove, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom to it while boiling for additional health benefits.
  6. Always add a pinch of black pepper to turmeric milk for better absorption of turmeric by our body.

Read More: 13 Health Benefits of Turmeric

About the author

Dr Prachi Garg

A Gold Medallist Physiotherapist from the Maharashtra University
of Health Sciences (MUHS), and also a qualified Dietician who later
went on to establish the “Mera Health Genie Wellness, India” in 2009
with a vision to offer the best remedies possible through the medium
of alternative medicines.
Effectively used Physiotherapy, Diet and Nutrition, Yoga, and
Acupressure to help numerous people recover from an injury or
manage a long term problem, achieving fitness goals, managing
weight and well being.

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