Turmeric Latte – Gold Is The New Black
Two parts science, one part ancient medicine and whole lot of parts deliciousness, turmeric lattes are my new favourite healthy alternative to the old evening hot chocolate. And maybe for some, a valid rival for coffee? Too far? Usually I’m not big on hot drinks, a hang up from growing up in muggy Queensland, but I found a new love recently when we were in chilly Sydney that HAD to be re-created.
From ancient medicine to modern science
But first, the why... While turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for thousands of years to treat ailments such as digestive and hepatic disorders, science has only relatively recently begun to understand it’s amazing powers. There is now over 6000 journal citations and one hundred clinical studies carried out with curcumin, the most active ingredient of turmeric. Gosh I love science, provin’ it to the masses!
Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial benefits have been linked to positive effects for those suffering a range of proinflammatory diseases such as cancer, depression, diabetes, obesity as well as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD); Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
One of the limitations on turmeric’s health benefits is its bioavailability. Basically, the ability of the body to absorb and make use of all the good stuff turmeric has to offer. The main reason is its low solubility in water. Lucky for us, science has a few suggestions to maximise turmeric’s effectiveness:
1. Activate turmeric by heating it up – this can increase its solubility up to 12 fold
2. Combine it with freshly ground black pepper to boost absorption by up to 2,000%
3. Mix with fats like coconut oil or ghee – because curcumin is fat-soluble, this allows for direct absorption into the blood.
Sound like an Indian Ayurvedic curry in the making? Does to me! But more than that, it can be THE most delicious drink…
To add even more of a health boost, I’ve added ginger and cinnamon which are both anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial as well as a teaspoon of raw honey for it’s, you guessed it, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory powers… and added sweetness.
So, with all that in mind – here’s the world’s most anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial gut healing cup of deliciousness you will ever lay your taste buds on.
If you know of any other great additions that can superpower the turmeric latte, I’d love to know about it. So please comment below…