Remember how your mother used to give you (or still does, if you are lucky) haldi ka doodh when you had a bout of cold? Well, that’s because turmeric milk is extremely effective in fighting against a cough and cold, especially during the initial stages of infection. The benefits of turmeric milk don’t end there, though. In this post, we will tell you 10 amazing health benefits of turmeric milk.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric, native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. It is packed with anti-inflammatory properties and is a natural antiseptic. It also aids in wound healing, and is therefore applied to cuts. In combination with milk, it forms a potent mixture containing numerous health benefits. Read more about them below.
How Can I Make Turmeric Milk?
Before we explain the health benefits of turmeric milk, let’s first take a look at how to make it. It’s very simple and takes hardly any time at all.
- Boiled milk – 2 cups
- Turmeric – (1/2) teaspoon
- Optional spices: peppercorns, saffron, cinnamon, ground ginger, etc.
- Take 2 cups of boiled milk. You can thin down the milk or cut down the serving to half a cup if you do not want to overload your digestive system at night.
- Add the turmeric to the milk.
- You can add any of the optional spices for extra taste and added benefits.
- Warm this concoction and then strain it.
- Divide it into two glasses and drink before bedtime.
What Are the Health Benefits of Turmeric Milk?
So, now that we know how to prepare turmeric milk, let’s come straight to its beneficial effects.
1. Helps Detoxify Your Liver:
Turmeric milk is a natural liver detoxifier. The liver helps detoxify your blood due to its antioxidative and antitoxic properties. Sometimes, the liver can get overburdened when large amounts of toxic substances build up in your body, such as after indulging in alcohol. This can result in liver damage, which is a dangerous health problem. Drinking a glass of turmeric milk every night can help keep your liver’s health in check, by ridding it of any accumulated toxins.
2. Helps Aid Digestion:
Turmeric milk has been scientifically proven to cure indigestion, due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It has been used for years as a traditional method to cure dyspepsia and heart burn. However, make sure you thin down the milk, as full fat milk can aggravate indigestion, especially in those who experience it frequently.
3. Helps Maintain Strong Bones:
Both turmeric and milk are rich in calcium, which is known for its ability to strengthen bones. Calcium is the primary mineral present in bones, and is required to maintain good bone mass. Recent studies have shown that turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and antitoxic properties can also help protect against osteoporosis, arthritis, and other diseases that increase the risk of bone fractures.
4. Helps Relieve Joint Pain:
Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help reduce the swelling, pain, and stiffness caused by both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It also helps soothe any stiff muscles, allowing for easier joint flexibility and mobility.
5. Helps Relieve Headaches:
Turmeric is a good pain reliever, due to its anti-inflammatory properties. In combination with milk, it produces the same effect on the body that aspirin does. However, it is much cheaper and safer than aspirin and other over-the-counter pain relief medications.
6. Contains Antioxidant Properties:
As mentioned before, turmeric milk helps fight free radicals in your body due to its antioxidant properties. It clears your blood of any harmful substances that may be present and maintains youthfulness and vitality. It even has anti-aging properties that help prevent wrinkles and sagging skin.
7. Helps Relieve Cramps:
Turmeric acts as an antispasmodic to help relax any cramped up muscles. In fact, if you consume turmeric milk daily starting two weeks prior to your menstrual period, your menstrual cramps will be reduced to such a great extent that you may not even notice them.
8. Helps Fight Cancer:
The curcumin present in turmeric has been scientifically proven to fight cancer. A number of studies have shown that turmeric milk kills cancer cells and prevents new ones from growing. It works best on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer, and skin cancer cells, but still fights against other cancer cell varieties. Individuals with a family history or other high risk of cancer can consume haldi ka doodh daily to keep the cancer at bay.
9. Helps Keep Your Skin Healthy!
We definitely cannot forget to mention how wonderful turmeric milk is for the skin! Our ancestors have been using it for over hundreds of years. Simply make a paste of turmeric with milk and scrub your face with it. Be sure to wash it off immediately, because a yellow stain can appear if left on for too long. Turmeric gives your skin a great glow, wards off pimples and acne, and evens out your skin tone. It also has anti-aging properties and fights against UV-induced skin damage. Make sure to mix the turmeric with a generous amount of milk before using it, as a very high concentration can cause a burning sensation in your face.
10. Helps You Have a Good Night’s Sleep:
Drinking warm turmeric milk before bed makes tryptophan more accessible to your body. Tryptophan is an amino acid that induces sleep, helping you fall asleep faster. Turmeric also reduces inflammation, lowers your blood sugar levels, helps detoxify your liver, boosts your immune system, and eases your digestive system – all of which help you stay asleep peacefully and wake up feeling refreshed.
Turmeric has many more health benefits (scientists ensure the list is still growing), but we have highlighted the 10 most useful ones. Be sure to prepare and drink turmeric milk daily at night to function more effectively and live more healthily.
Cheers to haldi ka doodh!