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Benefits of Turmeric Milk: How to Consume it & How it Works

Turmeric Milk or Haldi Doodh, now popularly known as 'Golden Milk' is a quick fix for many health issues. As little as a pinch of turmeric powder in a hot cup of milk is all that your body needs to heal itself.

The brilliant yellow spice has been around for centuries and since then, its relevance has only exceeded. India is the largest producer and consumer of turmeric and its relevance as a condiment can be found in every Indian household. Turmeric not only adds colour and flavour to our cuisine but is also important in many religious traditions in our lives. The traditional 'Haldi ceremony' in Indian weddings and haldi in our Puja Thalis makes this simple spice a cultural symbol.

The reason for worshipping turmeric is not superstitious. Indians recognized the various benefits of turmeric, centuries ago. Sushruta, the Father of Surgery, penned down the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of turmeric in the first known medical text in the world! Vedic tradition has been using turmeric to heal a range of ailments, from dressing cuts and wounds to preventing critical illnesses.

Alternative traditional medicine like Ayurveda, Unani, and Siddha use turmeric for treating various disorders.Modern medicine too has recognized the use of turmeric in preventive and critical care. Turmeric really is the Spice of Life!

Imagine! A 4000-year-old treasure trove of medicinal properties is in your kitchen right now!

How to consume turmeric milk?

Just add a pinch of turmeric to a cup of hot milk and drink this before bedtime to boost your health. You can also add ginger, honey, black pepper (kali mirch), clove, and cinnamon to make a 'health potion' and ideally, drink it before bedtime for optimum effect.

Turmeric in milk acts as a blood purifier and rids your body of hormonal, digestive, kidney-liver, and even respiratory problems.

How does Turmeric milk (haldi doodh) works?

Turmeric contains an active component, Curcumin-a natural polyphenol which is known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antimicrobial, and anticancer properties. Curcumin supplements are essential for people who either suffer from or have a tendency towards metabolic disorders or have weak bones (arthritis, osteoarthritis, etc).

Curcumin in turmeric milk boosts our cell, blood and organ health. Our immune responses become faster and more effective and the remedial properties of turmeric help our body become self-reliant against infection, injury or  disease helping us heal faster.

Benefits of Turmeric Milk:

Let's talk about the benefits of turmeric milk from the skin to the bone!

Benefits of turmeric milk for skin

Acne and skin problems are common to adolescents and adults alike. It is terrible to have pimples and spots on the face and our confidence takes a hit. Many of our grandmother's and mothers' favourite 'nuskha' (home remedy) was to rub raw turmeric on skin eruptions.

That's because Turmeric has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which work on acne, scars, and spots for healthy and glowing skin. Turmeric milk helps maintain healthy skin for a long time. Turmeric can help delay the effects of age on the skin, ridding you of sunspots and rashes for a younger-looking complexion. If you have oily skin, substitute dairy with plant-based alternatives like almond milk or soy milk for great results.

Natural Blood Purifier

Sometimes, recurring internal health issues like skin breakouts, digestive and bowel problems, and hormone imbalance require a natural, organic remedy.Turmeric is an excellent antiseptic and blood purifier. Turmeric milk with honey before bed can help relieve the body of toxins and help regulate blood flow, boosting blood and organ health. Other natural blood purifiers include tulsi, neem, and honey.

Turmeric milk can help regulate hormone cycles, especially in women. Hormone imbalances can cause many internal health issues like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or Polycystic Ovarian Disorder (PCOD). Turmeric milk is a natural, non-toxic supplement to help manage symptoms like irregular periods, painful cramps and nausea caused due to hormonal issues in women.

Many thyroid issues (goitre, hypo, and hyperthyroidism), urinary and prostate infections can be prevented and fought with regular use of turmeric in life.


A cup of turmeric milk can relieve heartburn, bloating and acid reflux. People with sinus and tonsil problems should consume turmeric milk to relieve chest congestion and cough.

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Turmeric milk as Immunity Booster for Digestive, Respiratory, and Arthritic issues

A cup of turmeric milk can relieve heartburn, bloating, and acid reflux.People with sinus and tonsil problems should consume turmeric milk to relieve chest congestion and cough. If you often catch a cold, make 'haldi doodh' your best friend!

Turmeric acts as a natural painkiller for joint and muscle aches because of its anti-inflammatory properties and helps improve bone health. Regular intake of turmeric milk with jaggery can help build stronger bones and reduce arthritic and osteoporotic pain in the knees, back, hips, etc.

As we start stepping out for work and essentials, we are exposed to the air filled with deadly pathogens and viruses. As mentioned before, Curcumin in turmeric is an antioxidant that boosts our health from cell to organ, improving our defence mechanism against a host of bacterial and viral infections.Regular turmeric use can act as an Immunity Booster helping our bodies become better prepared and effective against infection.

Helps prevent and fight cancer cells

Curcumin in turmeric contains anti-cancer properties. There are many studies indicating that regular turmeric use prevents cancer. Consuming turmeric milk can help inhibit the growth of cancer/tumour cells, preventing spread and metastasis. For cancer patients, it can help reduce the side effects of treatments like chemotherapy or radiotherapy and alleviate chronic aches.

Regularly drinking turmeric milk can increase antioxidants in your body which fight cell damage and reduce oxidative stress on the body. This is essential to build a healthy immune response in case of infection or disease.

Benefits of turmeric milk in weight loss

Being overweight or obese is a health issue and many countries consider obesity to be a major lifestyle disorder. Weight is a sore point for many of us and weight loss is a gruelling and long endeavour. Turmeric milk can be your 'power drink' in your weight loss journey!

The combination of turmeric and milk consists of essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory agents. This generates heat in the body which leads to the breakdown of accumulated fat and accelerated weight loss. Add grated ginger and a few Aliv seeds and honey or jaggery to a cup of warm turmeric milk and drink before bed for best results.

Improve the quality of sleep and manage symptoms of depression

Modern-day sleep cycles are unhealthy and many of us suffer from sleepless nights. Even if we manage to grab a little bit of shut-eye, our brain just doesn't seem to be getting any rest.

This builds stress in the body and mind. Sleepless nights can cost us our productive time and give us panda eyes!Lethargy and fatigue follow leading to dreary days. This can be harmful, especially for individuals suffering from depression and anxiety.

If a person is depressed, their brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) reduces. BDNF is responsible for memory and mood. Curcumin in turmeric can boost BDNF levels, thus helping to manage symptoms of depression like sleeplessness and anxiety.

A glass of warm turmeric milk with honey, ginger, and cinnamon-commonly called a 'turmeric latte', consumed before bed can help you get a good night's sleep. It tastes delicious and the amino acids help regulate your sleep cycle so you sleep for a long stretch and wake up well-rested, instead of waking frequently in the night. This is essential for the body to heal itself.

Turmeric milk is the 'warm beverage' fix for all your blues!

Drink this 'Golden Milk' every day for a healthy, glowing body with a strong immune system. Experiment with various spices like ginger, pepper, etc. in your turmeric milk and create your own personalized health drink!You can also secure yourself with a perfect Health insurance policy.

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