When golden lattes were trending I was hugely skeptical. I've often had turmeric in savory curries or dhal and that is why as a beverage it did not appeal to me. However, as I considered the health benefits and wonderful properties of turmeric I decided to give it a try. I won't lie, I suddenly didn't become a convert or start singing praises from rooftops, it has a been a slow journey of appreciation.
What is it about turmeric makes it a so called "superfood"? The active compound in turmeric is curcumin which may have several healing properties*. These possible healing properties are;
Anti-inflammatory - a vital function of reducing inflammation. Inflammation in itself can be beneficial but chronic inflammation can lead to damage of tissue. Curcumin is an effective anti-inflammatory that maybe able to help overall reduction of inflammation.
Antioxidant - we are constantly being subjected to stress mentally, physically and emotionally. These stresses trigger oxidative processes within our bodies. Oxidation speeds up aging and triggers other health issues. Curcumin has been shown to have antioxidative properties to help our bodies cope better with everyday stresses.
Heart disease - Curcumin helps improve the functioning of the cells around the blood vessels. Along with the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties it significantly helps heart function.
Depression - Curcumin may have anti-depressant properties. There is some evidence to show curcumin boosts the production of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. These are the two main neurotransmitters responsible in regulating our mood.
These were just a few highlights as the incredible benefits of turmeric really seem endless. As I researched I also discovered curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. To remedy that curcumin should be ingested with piperine. Piperine is an alkanoid found in black pepper that is responsible for its pungency. Cue in the chai masala...... One of the major ingredients in One Good Knife Chai Masala is black pepper. Hence the pairing of the chai masala and turmeric seemed fated. Try this incredibly nutty, thick (almost like an ice cream), creamy, sweet, spicy, filling smoothie recipe and feel good inside and out.
Golden Chai Smoothie
Prep time: 10 mins
1 can coconut milk, cold
1/4 cup pistachios, shelled (soaked overnight)
2 tablespoons Honey or Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
1/2 teaspoon One Good Knife Chai Masala
To garnish use chopped pistachios and turmeric powder.
Blend all the ingredients together.
Serve with garnish sprinkled on top.
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