We'd say it's a safe bet that while scrolling through Instagram, you've come across a pretty image of a yellow, frothy drink in a mug, probably in front of a café window with just the right amount of light pouring through, especially if your feed skews toward New York. Like matcha, this drink, sometimes referred to as "golden milk," is easy on the eyes but even better for your body, and city folk can't get enough of it. (We prefer Bluestone Lane in NYC's tasty offering). What is it? A turmeric latte—a highly photogenic beverage that deserves a daily spot in your morning routine.
Unlike typical lattes, there is no espresso (or caffeine) involved in a turmeric latte. (We know—caffeine is our lifeblood, too). Instead, it's generally a mix of turmeric, ginger, coconut oil, almond milk, and a little natural sugar to taste. (Check out Goop's yummy recipe). Drawing inspiration from the ancient Indian herb used to heal everything from acne to arthritis, mainstream society has blended and frothed it into a trendy drink all the cool New York folk are sipping on.
Keep scrolling to learn more about all the incredible benefits of turmeric lattes.
Turmeric has the ability to treat extreme dermatologic issues. In fact, research has shown turmeric can improve many different skin conditions including acne, dermatitis, and psoriasis. Additionally, May Lindstrom tells us that it's "gorgeous for softening the symptoms of acne and rosacea," prompting us to want to sip on it and slather it on our faces as a mask too.
Healthier Cardiovascular System
Turmeric can prevent platelets from clumping together and forming clots, as well as the ability to lower bad cholesterol levels (LDL). Doing so aids in the prevention of stroke and heart disease.
Less Stomach Bloat
Turmeric is a common treatment for dyspepsia, which translates to a variety of digestive issues. Research studies have not only found turmeric to relieve gas, bloating, and nausea but it may also protect against more serious illnesses such as gastric cancer.
Though still in their infancy, recent data suggest that curcumin may protect the brain from oxidative stress, as well as reduce inflammation of cells in the brain that are linked to Alzheimer's disease.
Similarly, researchers decided to test the effects of curcumin on depression which is often associated with inflammation of the brain. While a small study, they concluded that when given 500 mg of curcumin twice daily for eight weeks, individuals with major depressive disorder saw a significant improvement in mood-related symptoms as compared to those in a placebo group.
Boosted Immune System
One study found that by stimulating white blood cells, curcumin was able to enhance the removal of bacteria associated with tuberculosis from infected cells. While this is, of course, an extreme example testing only cells, not a fully living organism, it's nevertheless proof that the herb can help counteract bad bacteria in our immune systems. It's also loaded with antioxidants, which help protect cells against damage—like a shield of armor when cold season strikes.
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