On the Japanese island of Okinawa, golden milk tea is a way of life. The population drinks this traditional favorite daily, and numerous studies have linked turmeric with wide-ranging anti-inflammatory effects. Perhaps this helps to explain why the people of Okinawa have one of the world’s longest average life spans: 81.2 years. In a comprehensive summary of 700 studies published by ethnobotanist James A. Duke, PhD., in the October, 2007 issue of Alternative & Complementary Therapies, Duke found extensive evidence that turmeric can reduce inflammation and support brain and joint health.
Drinkers of Golden Milk can also reap the benefits of ginger, a natural anti-inflammatory that can help relieve symptoms of arthritis, bursitis and other musculoskeletal ailments. Additionally, Golden Milk is flavored by black pepper, whose sharp taste comes from the alkaloid piperine, which enhances the absorption and the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric. Plus, black pepper contains a number of essential nutrients, including manganese, iron and vitamin K, and is commonly used to calm digestive issues.
- 1/2 Tablespoon peeled, fresh ginger
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (almond or other non-dairy)
- 1 Tablespoon peeled, grated fresh turmeric root
- 3-4 Black Peppercorns
Combine all the ingredients, except sweetener, in a saucepan. Turn the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir constantly and do not allow the mixture to boil. Strain and sweeten if desired. Enjoy!