Natural healing: 3 Reasons to drink turmeric milk if you suffer from joint pain
10/05/2021 / By Rose Lidell / Comments
Natural healing: 3 Reasons to drink turmeric milk if you suffer from joint pain

There’s a reason why turmeric is often used in various home remedies. The spice is full of beneficial antioxidants, and consuming “golden milk” or turmeric milk is said to benefit those with inflammatory diseases, like arthritis.

If you want natural relief for joint pain, try drinking some turmeric milk.

Turmeric milk: an unusual but beneficial beverage

The combination might be a strange one, but warm turmeric milk is said to be relaxing and beneficial.

Here are three incredible benefits of drinking turmeric milk regularly:

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Turmeric milk may help alleviate pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects an estimated two million Americans annually. The condition is more common in women than in men.

Most cases of RA start developing after the age of thirty, although anyone can be affected by the condition. RA is an autoimmune disease that affects your joints, particularly your hands, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles and feet.

If you have RA, your immune system mistakenly attacks the lining around your joints, which it perceives as a threat. This error then causes inflammation, swelling and pain.

When left untreated, RA may damage your cartilage and bones. It can also cause joint deformity and other issues in other major systems.

To date, there is no cure for RA. However, treatment options may help manage the symptoms like joint pains and swelling, along with preventing further deterioration of cartilage.

Some studies suggest that therapeutic doses of turmeric can help relieve RA pain and swelling better than medications. And unlike medications for RA, turmeric milk has little to no side effects.

Turmeric milk can help relieve osteoarthritis pain

Compared to rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) is more common.

OA, also known as wear and tear arthritis or degenerative joint disease, occurs over time as the cartilage between your joints becomes worn and rough. In time, damaged cartilage isn’t as effective at protecting your joints.

As OA progresses, joint movement becomes more painful. Joint damage may eventually occur after cartilage completely deteriorates.

Almost 50 percent of all adults in America will experience OA by the time they reach their 60s. While anyone can develop osteoarthritis, the condition is more common among the elderly, people who are obese and individuals with previous trauma or conditions in a specific joint.

Like RA, there is no mainstream cure for osteoarthritis. Treatment for the condition can only improve mobility in the joints and minimize pain.

This is where turmeric milk comes in. Turmeric is considered a superfood because it’s a potent anti-inflammatory agent that benefits people suffering from pain caused by OA.

Many studies suggest that turmeric may be a better pain reliever than other over-the-counter (OTC) medications often prescribed for OA management. Researchers believe that the antioxidants in turmeric milk can also help stave off further damage to cartilage and joints.

Turmeric milk can help reduce inflammation throughout your body

Inflammation is a normal process that helps your body keep foreign bodies out of a wound or injury. The process is also part of the immune system’s natural response.

But when left unchecked, chronic inflammation can cause or worsen many diseases and illnesses such as:

  • Asthma
  • Heart disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Upper and lower respiratory illnesses

Inflammation may even help cure some of these illnesses, but chronic inflammation can aggravate your condition.

Turmeric milk contains at least 20 twenty different anti-inflammatory agents that may help alleviate pain and discomfort associated with inflammation. If you suffer from joint pain, try drinking turmeric milk for natural relief.

Considerations before consuming turmeric milk

On its own, turmeric and curcumin, its main ingredient, is safe to digest. But combining turmeric with certain ingredients may cause more harm than good.

While turmeric milk is considered generally safe to drink, you need to avoid it if you:

  • Are taking blood-thinning medication.
  • Are taking medication to reduce stomach acid.
  • Are taking medication for diabetes.

If you’re already taking medications that thin the blood, consuming large amounts of turmeric may cause additional thinning of the blood. This is bad because it can cause life-threatening complications.

You should also avoid turmeric milk if you’re taking medications like those prescribed for deep vein thrombosis or OTC non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin or ibuprofen.

If you are taking medication to reduce stomach acid, it’s best to avoid turmeric because the spice may counter the effect of the medication and enhance the production of stomach acid.

If you are about to undergo surgery, you should also avoid turmeric because it may cause complications during your procedure.

Additionally, you should avoid turmeric if you are taking medication for diabetes since the spice can also lower blood sugar levels. If you drink turmeric milk, you may experience dangerously low levels of blood sugar.

Experts also advise pregnant women to avoid turmeric since it may cause contractions and premature labor.

Lastly, you should avoid turmeric if you have problems with gallstones since the primary compound in turmeric may cause gallstones.

Easy turmeric milk recipes

Drinking turmeric milk is a safe way to regularly consume turmeric and the active ingredient curcumin. The beverage can also help relieve pain caused by arthritis and inflammation.

If you are lactose intolerant or do not wish to consume animal products, replace animal milk with your preferred non-dairy milk. Use ingredients that also offer various health benefits like coconut oil, honey, or ginger.

The basic recipe for turmeric milk is two cups of milk, almond milk, or coconut milk for one to two teaspoons of ground or grated turmeric.

Golden milk recipe

This recipe includes black pepper, which contains piperine. Studies have shown that piperine is a natural substance that enhances curcumin absorption by 2,000 percent.

Ingredients for 1 serving:

  • 1/2 cup (120ml) of unsweetened milk
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 small piece of grated fresh ginger (Or 1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder)
  • 1 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup (Optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • A pinch of ground black pepper

Preparation:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan or pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for at least 10 minutes or until fragrant and flavorful.
  2. Strain the mixture using a fine strainer into a mug. Top with a pinch of cinnamon.

Golden milk can be made in advance and refrigerated for up to five days. Reheat turmeric milk before drinking.

Turmeric milk with cardamom and vanilla

This recipe for turmeric adds two more flavorful superfoods: Cardamom and vanilla.

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 4 cups of almond milk (Or your preferred non-dairy milk)
  • 1/4 cup pitted dates, firmly packed (or 2 tablespoons monk fruit sweetener)
  • 1 Tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • A pinch of sea salt

Preparation:

  1. Pour the almond milk into a blender and add the turmeric, dates, ginger, vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper and salt. Process on high for 10 to 20 seconds or until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a sealed glass jar and chill in the fridge. Serve chilled. You can also gently warm the turmeric milk on the stovetop on low heat.

Use the superfood turmeric to make golden milk, a unique beverage that can help relieve joint pain caused by inflammation.

Sources:

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