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Adventures in Turmeric

Posted Jan 28 2013 4:16pm

Recently, a patient shared this recipe from Dr. Sanjay Gupta , which seems to be a variation of a traditional South Asian remedy – and I was so impressed with the taste that I had to pass it on!  I would argue that turmeric and it’s medicinally active constituents (mainly curcuminoids) are some of the most well-studied herbs in our dispensary .  It’s mostly praised for its anti-inflammatory and pain relieving actions (but also anti-cancer growth and anti-oxidant activity).  It’s also very bitter.  Other than curry, I didn’t think there would be a good way to get real turmeric in my diet that tasted…you know, NOT like turmeric.

This wholesome and tasty drink is perfect for the winter time, when you’re fighting off colds and flus and don’t want to bombard your immune system with lattes or hot chocolate.

1 cup of almond milk (if it’s sweetened, you can reduce the amount of honey)

1 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp grated ginger (I use more)

1 tsp of raw honey (or to taste)

I also added freshly grated nutmeg…it’s SO fragrant, I love the stuff.

Heat milk in saucepan, add ingredients and whisk until heated through and blended. (5 minutes or less)

 

 

Seriously, it tasted like a spiced latte to me! Probably because of the thick texture of the almond milk I used. But also, I’m pretty liberal with my raw honey.

As a naturopathic doctor, I prescribe products with high-potency, absorbable forms of the root for joint pain, liver support and inflammatory bowel disease.  I wonder how absorbable the turmeric is with the lower-fat almond milk, versus cow’s milk which is traditionally used.  Fats and phospholipids are used by the pharmaceutical/nutraceutical industry to increase the absorption of certain large plant molecules.  Let me know what you think!

Anita is a Toronto-based Naturopathic Doctor with a passion for food politics and social health. She has a special interest in geriatric medicine and mental health, and currently practices at Mahaya Forest Hill Integrative Health. Send Anita some platonic love on Twitter: {@AnitaNaturopath} or Facebook: {www.facebook.com/AnitaNaturopath}
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