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The Beauty of Golden Milk (Not Just Its Color)
Brittyn Coleman
By Brittyn Coleman
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What is golden milk?

Golden milk is a drink comprised of a combination of herbs and spices, namely turmeric, that are paired together to maximize benefits and absorption. Turmeric is an aromatic spice well-known for its bright yellow color and for being one of the main ingredients in curry. It is a product of Curcuma longa, a rhizomatous plant belonging to the ginger family. Medicinal use of turmeric can date back to nearly 4,000 years ago in India, and then circulating to China, Africa, and Jamaica by the eighteenth century [1].  

 

Turmeric has become one of the most studied spices, with over 3000 publications being published in the past 25 years [1]. Many of these studies focus on curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric. Recent research on turmeric and curcumin shows promising evidence of its anti-inflammatory properties [2], which have beneficial impacts on other conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis [3], gastrointestinal conditions [2], many types of cancer [2, 4-6], and other chronic conditions [7].

 

Research shows us that by itself, turmeric is not absorbed well by the body. However, when combined with black pepper, turmeric can be absorbed as much as 2,000 times more effectively [8]. Herein lies the beauty of Golden Milk: it’s thoughtfully concocted ingredients support optimal absorption of turmeric without you having to take additional steps.

How much turmeric should you consume daily?

The research varies, though most studies use doses of 500-2,000 mg of turmeric/day. Some studies suggest that a standard dose of turmeric is around 15-50 mg/kilogram body weight [2]. Another study used up to 8,000 mg curcumin per day for 3 months and showed it to be safe without toxicity, and it also promoted anti-inflammatory activity [9].

All about Brandless' Golden Milk and how to use it

The new Brandless Golden Milk is 100% organic, non-GMO, and dairy-free. It contains a powdered Golden Milk blend of turmeric root, maca root, goji berry, cinnamon bark, ginger root, Boswellia gum, cardamom seed, and black pepper fruit.

 

Golden Milk Lattes are traditionally made with steamed coconut milk, but you have tons of other options to build it into your daily routine! You can throw it in a blender with warm or cold non-dairy beverage (almond, coconut, and oat milk for example) as a quick & refreshing beverage or even add a scoop to your favorite smoothie! Turmeric is fat-soluble, which means that when it’s consumed with fat (nut milk, coconut oil, etc.) it’s absorbed more efficiently. If you are not using full-fat coconut milk or full-fat non-dairy beverage, you can throw in a teaspoon of Brandless coconut oil for good measure.

 

Brandless Golden Milk powder is unsweetened, meaning you can consume it as-is or add additional sweetener to your preference. I prefer maple syrup as it gives it a very filling and rich flavor and compliments the spices perfectly. You could also use Brandless agave nectar if you prefer.

 

Brandless not only offers Golden Milk but also has culinary turmeric and Turmeric & Black Pepper capsules offering 500 mg turmeric formulated with black pepper for increased absorption.

References

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  3. Funk JL, Oyarzo JN, Frye JB, et al. Turmeric extracts containing curcuminoids prevent experimental rheumatoid arthritis. J Nat Prod 2006;69:351-355. LINK
  4. Goel A, Boland CR, Chauhan DP. Specific inhibition of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expression by dietary curcumin in HT-29 human colon cancer cells. Cancer Lett. 2001;172(2):111-8. LINK
  5. Wright LE, Frye JB, Gorti B, Timmermann BN, Funk JL. Bioactivity of turmeric-derived curcuminoids and related metabolites in breast cancer. Curr Pharm Des. 2013;19(34):6218-25. LINK
  6. Tomeh MA, Hadianamrei R, Zhao X. A Review of Curcumin and Its Derivatives as Anticancer Agents. Int J Mol Sci. 2019;20(5) LINK
  7. Aggarwal BB, Harikumar KB. Potential therapeutic effects of curcumin, the anti-inflammatory agent, against neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, autoimmune and neoplastic diseases. Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2009;41(1):40-59. LINK
  8. Shoba G, Joy D, Joseph T, Majeed M, Rajendran R, Srinivas PS. Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers. Planta Med. 1998;64(4):353-6. LINK.

Chainani-wu N. Safety and anti-inflammatory activity of curcumin: a component of turmeric (Curcuma longa). J Altern Complement Med. 2003;9(1):161-8. LINK

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