"Golden milk" is becoming increasingly popular: a trend drink with healthy turmeric
Drinks appear again and again in trendy cafés that become so trendy that one day they can also be found in supermarkets. "Golden Latte" is one of these trend drinks. The drink not only tastes extremely tasty, but is also said to be very healthy thanks to the ingredient turmeric. But what is it about the new superfood?
"Golden Latte" is very popular
For months, the so-called "golden milk" has been on the menu in more and more cafes. The gold-colored drink, which is also known as "turmeric latte" or "golden latte", is not only very tasty, but is also considered to be extremely healthy - mainly due to the ingredient turmeric. But can this spice actually protect against diseases, as is often claimed?
Healthy trend drink
"Golden Latte" can be drunk warm or cold. The trend drink is available with conventional milk as well as the vegan option with soy or oats; in the meantime, there are even finished products to buy in supermarkets.
The drink gets its special taste from spices such as pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and turmeric. The latter in particular is considered a true superfood by many.
It should not only serve to promote health, but also have a mood-enhancing and memory-improving effect. This has already been shown in part in scientific studies.
Healing spice for numerous ailments
Turmeric is a healing spice that is known for its antioxidant and highly anti-inflammatory effects.
The plant is therefore used among other things for arthritis.
But the yellow ginger can do even more: According to scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles in the journal "American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry", the spice thanks to the ingredient curcumin also strengthens the memory and mood of people with mild, age-related memory impairments.
"It is not certain how curcumin will work, but it may be due to its properties in reducing brain inflammation associated with both Alzheimer's disease and severe depression," said author Dr. Gary Small in a press release.
Positive effects on the brain
But that's not all: As scientists at Monash University in Australia reported, just one gram of turmeric is enough to optimize his working memory for several hours.
There are also indications that the spice, which is often used for curries, has a positive effect on the brain because it prevents the accumulation of certain protein complexes in the brain that promote Alzheimer's.
Furthermore, studies have shown that turmeric can be used to treat liver problems and that the spice works for bowel diseases.
In addition, turmeric is said to have anti-cancer properties.
As effective as an hour of exercise
But that's not all: In a study by the University of Tsukuba in Japan, researchers found that curcumin is just as effective for our vascular health as an hour of aerobic exercise.
This substance, which is also responsible for the yellowish coloring of turmeric, apparently caused positive cardiovascular changes and reduced cell death in the test subjects.
Regular intake of turmeric could reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). This also reduces the risk of a heart attack.
According to the study, the special effect was found in women who had just gone through the menopause.
The whole thing becomes even more effective if the consumption of turmeric is combined with regular training.
However, the scientists pointed out that the exact effects of turmeric on vascular health have not been sufficiently researched. So you shouldn't do without sports. (ad)