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Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a pungent, golden spice that gives certain curries their color. It has been used across the earth for thousands of years as a spice for culinary purposes and as a natural remedy for various ailments. Turmeric has also been used in traditional medicine in countries like Japan, Malaysia and Pakistan.

But what gives turmeric its beneficial properties in the first place? The answer is curcumin. This powerful compound is what gives turmeric its golden color, and it is known for its antioxidant properties.

Recipe for golden milk


This recipe includes black pepper, which contains piperine. This compound enhances curcumin absorption by up to 2,000 percent.

Ingredients for 1 serving:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • A pinch of ground black pepper


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until fragrant.
  3. Strain the mixture into a mug. Top with cinnamon. Serve and enjoy.

Golden milk can be refrigerated for up to five days. Reheat it before drinking or enjoy it cold. You can also add other spices, such as cardamom and vanilla, for a more flavorful beverage.

Turmeric has been linked to several health benefits, thanks to beneficial compounds like curcumin. Enjoy those benefits when you incorporate turmeric into your daily routine.


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