Turmeric Milk: Is It Good for You and how to make it
Turmeric is a spice ingredient handed down to us from generations right from around the vedic period which was around 4000 years ago. Our ancestors have taught us that it can be used in every possible sphere of life be it cooking, religion or medicine. The first thing that is given to us by our parents or family members when we are down with a viral fever or sore throat is ‘Haldi Doodh’.
Haldi Doodh or turmeric milk is a small teaspoon of turmeric that is added to the milk which gives it its bright yellow sunshine color. Before understanding the benefit of turmeric milk it is important to understand the benefits of both these ingredients separately starting with milk.
Here are some benefits of consuming milk
Milk reduces acidity and heartburn
Milk is a very good source of protein. The two types of protein that milk contains is casein and whey protein. Research has shown that people who consumed high amounts of protein were less likely to have heartburn problems which explains the benefits of milk for the stomach. Its thick and cooling properties also coats the lining of the oesophagus and the stomach and soothes the gastro-intestinal system. For more information on the study click here.
Increases bone density
Research shows that around 99% of the body’s calcium is stored in bones and teeth. Another research study showed that consuming milk that is fortified with calcium increases bone mineral density for about two years. Drinking milk also reduces bone disorders like arthritis and osteoporosis. It also helps in the healing of fractures. For more information on the study click here.
It positively affects weight loss
Milk is high in protein which makes you feel satiated thus making you eat less. According to a research study where high-fat dairy products were consumed by middle aged women showed a positive sign of weight loss and less chances of obesity as compared to people who consumed low fat dairy products showing that milk has positive effects on weight loss. For more information on the study click here.
Turmeric as we’ve already discussed above has been used in medicine for ages. The primary and most active component of turmeric that gives it its yellow color is curcumin. It is the curcumin in the tumeric that gives it its medicinal properties.
Benefits of turmeric
It has anti-inflammatory properties
Turmeric gets its anti-inflammatory benefits from curcumin. This helps in curing swelling, joint pains, osteoporosis, and other muscle and joint pains. According to one research study, when curcumin is given in the right dose to patients, it can prove to be equally beneficial as compared to other inflammation reducing medicines like ibuprofen to treat arthritis. For more information on the study click here.
Cures cardiovascular diseases
Turmeric is useful in enhancing the functioning of endothelial cells which are involved in regulating blood flow in the body. If there is a damage in the endothelial functioning then the cells that have to remain in the blood start passing through blood vessels. This in turn causes chest pain, discomfort and pain in the left arm and cardiovascular problems. According to one study where people performed physical exercise and took a curcumin supplement found improved endothelial functioning. This shows how effective it is in treating heart problems.
Improves skin condition
Turmeric is also seen to have anti-bacterial and antifungal properties that helps in treating skin problems like eczema, acne, psoriasis etc. Turmeric helps in improving the skin’s complexion, treats scares, blemishes, lightens dark circles and brings glow and luster to the skin. It reduces excess production of melanin which in turn lightens scars and keeps even the skin tone. It is also known to have anti-aging properties.
Gets rid of toxins from the body
Research has shown that turmeric is rich in antioxidants which is important in cleansing the body of free radicals and environmental or external problems like cigarette smoke, pollution etc. These free radicals have an impact on our internal system and may cause problems like arthritis, cancer and cardiovascular problems. Turmeric helps clear the body of these toxins that in turn avoid these problems.
Helps cure depression
Turmeric is known to have antidepressant properties and has shown to have beneficial effects in curing major depressive disorder as it increases brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which is responsible for the effective communication and functioning of the nervous system and the nerve cells which is important in learning, memory and is involved in depression. Due to its beneficial effects on the nervous system and as it increases BDNF, it also helps curing neurocogitive disorders like Alzheimers. For more information click here
Now that we have looked at the individual benefits of milk and turmeric let’s look at the benefits of turmeric milk
Turmeric milk helps induce sleep
Turmeric is known to have sedative properties that help calm the body down. If had before bedtime it helps in inducing an undisturbed good night sleep. Due to its high protein content it also reduces nighttime cravings and keeps you satiated.
It helps in speedy recovery from injuries and reduces cell damage
Turmeric is known to have healing properties that helps in the speedy recovery of cuts, wounds and bruises. It is one of the most commonly used ingredients in Ayurveda and Unani for treating wounds due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. These findings have been supported by many studies. Another study also found that the antioxidant properties in turmeric is responsible for reducing cell damage which in turn reduces risk to illnesses. It was also seen to reduce pain
It improves hormonal balance
Turmeric also helps in regulating hormones and its secretions and helps in the better functioning of the liver. Liver plays an important role in metabolizing estrogen levels in the body and turmeric milk helps in this mechanism of hormone regulation that then reduces problems like premenstrual syndrome, heavy and painful periods and weight gain.
It helps in treating gastro-intestinal problems
As turmeric is a spice it has a warming effect on the body that stimulates digestion and regulates blood flow. It is also responsible for the absorption of nutrients from the body. Research shows that turmeric is effective in treating gastro-intestinal problems like indigestion, bloating, acidity and gas. It also increases bile flow which is essential for hormone production and functioning of important organs like heart, brain, liver etc.
It helps prevent cancer
Curcumin in turmeric is known to treat cancers of the breast, prostate, pancreas, colon and rectum. Curcumin in turmeric induces cancer cell apoptosis i.e cell death and mitosis i.e division and replication of these cells. Research has shown that taking organic or concentration form of turmeric is very beneficial in treating cancer. For more information on the study click here
The current global pandemic has brought to our attention the importance of having a good immune system. What better way is there to boost the body’s immunity than Turmeric milk?
Let us see how turmeric milk can benefit against Covid.
Turmeric milk also boosts immunity
Turmeric is packed with fibers and nutrients like zinc, calcium and magnesium that are responsible for fighting infections and boosting immunity. Thus, haldi doodh seems like a healthy option to consider during the pandemic. The health ministers and covid guidelines system also encourages us to consume haldi doodh to boost our immunity.
It helps in curing viral infections like cold, fever and cough
Drinking haldi doodh everyday acts as a barrier from viruses to enter our system which is exactly what we need during this pandemic. Haldi Doodh increases mucus production which helps in flushing out clogged sinuses from the respiratory tract. Due to its antiviral properties it also helps in reducing viral fever and when it is hot or warm it provides a relieving effect on the throat which is beneficial in treating dry cough.
So how do we prepare this amazing healthy drink. Let’s take a look at it.
Turmeric milk recipe
To prepare turmeric milk or Haldi Doodh you will need
- 120ml or half cup of milk of your choice
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- A pinch of ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp of ginger powder or a small piece of ginger
- 1 pinch of black pepper powder
- 1 tsp honey (optional)
First add the milk to an empty vessel. Add a teaspoon of turmeric, ground cinnamon, ginger and black pepper powder. Let it simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Pour the concoction into a cup and add honey for sweetness if you feel like it. Have it hot or warm especially before bedtime for a relaxing sleep and let the turmeric milk work its magic while you sleep!
Turmeric milk side effects
Haldi Doodh or turmeric milk is usually safe for most people however it is necessary to advise and spread awareness about its side effects.
- Some people are naturally allergic to turmeric and it causes them skin rash or irritation but drinking it may not prove to be harmful for them. Hence it is important to consume a little amount to see if one faces any side effects or problems and only then continue.
- In one study it was found that people who consumed excessive amounts of turmeric i.e more than 1500mg twice daily, were seen to experience abnormal heart palpitations.
- It is also found that having too much haldi doodh during pregnancy stimulates the uterus causing menstruation which may be harmful for the pregnancy.
- People with gallbladder problems should also not consume haldi doodh as it can have negative effects.
- People who are undergoing surgery should also not consume haldi doodh for about 2-3 weeks before surgery as it causes bleeding after surgery.
- Men who face problems with infertility are also advised to not consume turmeric milk as it reduces sperm count and testosterone levels.
- People with iron deficiency should also avoid drinking haldi doodh as it prevents absorption of iron.