Classed as a fruit and frequently confused for being a nut, the coconut is actually a one-seeded drupe. In Sanskrit, the coconut palm is known as kalpavriksha – ‘tree which gives all that is necessary for living’ because nearly all parts can be used, the water, milk, flesh, sugar and oil.
Turmeric, the main spice in curry, is arguably the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease. It has so many healing properties that currently there have been 6,235 peer-reviewed articles published proving the benefits of turmeric and one of its renowned healing compounds curcumin.
Have you ever heard of golden milk?
Golden Milk is an ancient Ayurvedic drink made using turmeric and milk – and it’s one of the best ways I know to incorporate turmeric into one’s daily diet. Turmeric is known to have so many health benefits due to curcumin, a powerful polyphenol antioxidant that also gives turmeric its beautiful golden color.
Turmeric’s potential includes:
- Antiseptic— Turmeric contains a substance known as lipopolysaccharide, which helps stimulate the body’s immune system. Its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents also help strengthen the immune system.
- Analgesic— It’s abilities to fight inflammation and oxidation are believed to give curcumin its potent and widespread benefits.
- Improves immunity— curcumin, a compound found in turmeric is known to have anti-inflammatory properties that helps boost immunity.
- Anti-carcinogenic— Research has also shown that there are low rates of certain types of cancer in countries where people eat curcumin at levels of about 100 to 200 mg a day over long periods of time.
- Promotes digestive health— It’s high in saturated fatty acids and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which are both easily burned as fuel by the body.
- Liver detoxifier— When the liver is supported through the use of turmeric, it can also help to detox the blood, reduce inflammation, and prevent internal blood clotting.
- Regulates metabolism and weight management— Coconut milk does not only deliver less fat but also a very special fat. The fatty acids in coconut milk are the rare “Middle Chain Triglycerides”.
- Hypertension— coconut milk can help you lower cholesterol levels, improve blood pressure, and prevent heart attacks or a stroke.
- Memory, brain function, and neurological conditions— Providing the brain with an alternative energy substrate in the form of ketones has shown preventive and therapeutic effects, as demonstrated in studies conducted in 2004 and 2008.
- Numerous skin problem— Whether ingested or applied topically, coconut milk is great for your skin. It is rich in vitamins A and C, calcium, iron and natural proteins which contribute to a smooth and radiant skin.
- Lowers triglycerides— Improvement of adipokine status together with anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin are potential mechanisms, which might be responsible for its beneficial impacts in the mitigation of insulin resistance.
- ¼ cup turmeric powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper, ground
- ½ cup filtered water
- 1 cup coconut milk (hemp is a good option)
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil (virgin)
- ¼ teaspoon (or more) turmeric paste
- Honey (raw, unpasteurized, and local if you can get it).
Heat 2 cups light unsweetened coconut milk (or almond or soymilk) with 1 tablespoon peeled, grated fresh ginger and 1 tablespoon peeled, grated fresh turmeric and 3-4 black peppercorns. Bring to a simmer and simmer covered for 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten to taste (if desired).