Have you ever tried a “Golden Latte”? The drink made from milk, coconut oil and turmeric is currently very popular amongst health-careers. And should have special powers? What’s the hype about?
Brand new is the knowledge of the miracle effect of superfood turmeric not. For thousands of years, people in Far Eastern cultures have been swearing by the healing powers of this ginger plant, which grows in marshy areas of Southeast Asia. We know it more as a spice in Asian dishes such as ramen or curry – and for some time as part of the in-drink “Golden Latte”, the “golden milk”.
Turmeric is also increasingly used as a dietary supplement and drug. For example, it is used for the prevention or supportive treatment of indigestion, arthritis, cancer and cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure and heart disease. In short, the reputation of the bright yellow powder continues to increase. For the American naturopath Dr. Turmeric is one of the most important plants in the world when it comes to healing diseases.
But what can the yellow tuber really do?
Turmeric, extracted from the root of Curcuma longa, gets its super-powers from an antioxidant called curcumin. Already in traditional Ayurvedic healing more than five thousand years ago, the medicinal powers of this spice have been used to cure inflammatory diseases – from irritable bowel syndrome to arthritis and tendinitis.
Chronic inflammation is responsible for many diseases, including heart disease and probably some cancers. Anti-inflammatory foods such as turmeric are said to help alleviate the pain, swelling or redness associated with inflammation. In particular, to reduce the level of cholesterol, responsible for a variety of cardiovascular diseases, contributes to the turmeric contained in curcumin.
The anti-inflammatory curcumin should also help against infections, gastrointestinal complaints and skin diseases. Some studies even claim that the antioxidant miracle plant can prevent the growth of cancer cells by reducing swelling and inflammation.
It needs further research One recent study, recently published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, confirmed the mood-enhancing and memory-enhancing effects of curcumin. “It’s not clear how curcumin works, but it may be due to its ability to reduce brain inflammation associated with both Alzheimer’s and major depression,” says Dr. Gary Small, head of geriatric psychiatry at the UCLA center and first author of the study.
In addition to its antioxidants, the anti-estrogen compounds in turmeric may also alleviate the growth of breast tissue tumors caused by estrogenic compounds in foods and chemicals. But more research is needed in these areas to actually confirm these benefits, especially as many of the beneficial effects of turmeric have so far only been observed in the laboratory, but not in humans.
Turmeric helps digestion
However, there are some positive effects that can definitely be attributed to the yellow tuber: similar to cumin, it helps counterbalance the sensation of fullness and can relieve mild stomach problems. With the seasoning of food with turmeric, which is about as a yellow-coloring agent contained in curry powder, so you can not go wrong. On an overly high dosage should be waived, however, without consultation with a doctor.
And what about the Golden Latte as a healthy alternative to coffee? The antioxidants contained in it are intended to make the skin radiate and act against pathogens. At least it can not do any harm – at least if you enjoy it in moderation.