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India's Golden Milk, a.k.a Haldi Doodh

Publish DateMay 05, 2021
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The underlying beliefs of Ayurveda, a branch of traditional medicine in India, exist in close harmony with nature — a holistic approach to align the mind, body, and spirit.

 

Diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes are the three fundamental tenets of Ayurveda.

Integration of Ayurveda in western lifestyle is a recent phenomenon. Known as Golden Milk Latte or Turmeric Milk Tea in the West, the traditional haldi doodh touted in Indian culture has recently made a space of its own globally.

 

What is Turmeric?

The credit for the beautiful, vibrant color of Indian food goes primarily to this spice called turmeric.

 

Turmeric is close to the heart of India — turmeric is native to India, unlike spices such as cumin from the Eastern Mediterranean region and chili from South America.

Turmeric is used for multi-purpose: cooking, medicinal, and cultural.

It is not bound to the kitchen to make delicious, aromatic food and healthy drinks such as haldi doodh; it also plays a vital role in festivities. Auspicious Indian occasions such as weddings have holy baths for bride and groom — the application of turmeric on the body for good luck and prosperity.

Curcumin is the most active ingredient in turmeric, lauded for its antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-cariogenic, and anti-inflammatory properties.

 

 

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What is turmeric milk (haldi doodh)? 

Turmeric milk is a recipe made with turmeric root and warm milk. One can also add black pepper, ginger, and cinnamon sticks for better benefits.

 

The most straightforward recipe followed at Indian homes is to heat some milk in a pan and add a little turmeric and black pepper powder. Cool it down and drink the lukewarm magical golden milk.

 

What are the benefits? 

Several studies suggest the benefits below, and many people have embraced turmeric for its health benefits, albeit further scientific investigation is required for conclusive results.

 

Incorporating turmeric in your diet can help you:

 

Reduce inflammation: The potent anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin might help in reducing inflammation and easing the pain.

 

Improve Memory and brain function: Studies suggest that curcumin may result in increased levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) — a compound beneficial for the growth of brain cells and forming new connections.

 

Boost your mood: Turmeric may also do wonders with your mood due to the presence of curcumin.

Recent studies show positive results in patients with depression with a regular dosage of curcumin.

 

Care for your heart: Curcumin may help maintain proper endothelial function — a function of blood vessel linings — important for heart health.

 

A recent study also highlighted that participants consuming curcumin were 65% less likely to suffer heart attacks.

 

If you haven't tried it already, let this traditional spice add some color to your life — your health.

 

Organic turmeric is the best for health and safety purposes.


Author: Somrita Ganchouduri

 

Image source: unsplash.com


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