Can I use other Milk than Regular Milk to Make Golden Milk?

YES, the golden milk can be made from all types of milk including cow milk, buffalo milk, goat milk, low-fat milk, and skimmed milk.

Dairy intolerant individuals can also opt for soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk.

Milk can improve the absorption of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.

However, the various types of milk differ primarily in their fat content, and it is better to consume the milk which is low in fats.

Can I use other Milk than Regular Milk to Make Golden Milk?

Let us have a Scientific Outlook on These Facts.

1.     Fat Content of Milk types Varies

Different types of milk vary by their nutritional status. They differ slightly regarding protein, fat, vitamin and mineral contents.

The important thing to note here is the number of fats in milk types, as excess intake of fats is linked with the occurrence of several disorders such metabolic syndrome [1], high cholesterol [2], diabetes [3], obesity[4] and cardiovascular ailments [5].

Therefore, one must carefully select the type of milk to consume with turmeric.

Let us take a look at the percentage of fat in various milk types: [6]

Cow Milk, whole:        3.25%

Cow Milk, skimmed:   0.08%

Cow Milk, low fat:      0.97%

Goat Milk:                   4.14%

Buffalo Milk:               6.89%

Sheep Milk:                 7%

Soy Milk [7]:                    1.99%

Coconut Milk [8]:            18.46%

Almond Milk [9]:             1.10%

As evident from the above data, it is best to consume low-fat or skimmed cow’s milk. Persons with allergy to dairy, soy or nuts should choose the milk variants accordingly.

Also, if one is not at a risk of developing obesity or other health condition related to a high-fat diet, goat milk or buffalo milk can be used in limited amounts as they also have increased concentrations of protein and some vitamins and minerals.

2.  Advantages of taking Turmeric with Milk

Turmeric milk has been used since ages in Ayurvedic medicine and as a household remedy for the treatment of various disorders. [10]

Research shows that turmeric with milk can improve the levels of cholesterol, glucose, lipids, and liver functioning enzymes. [11]

Turmeric milk makes up for a delicious drink and facilitates the intake of turmeric. Combining turmeric with milk improves the antioxidant activity as both turmeric and milk contain potent antioxidants. [12]

Studies have shown that the bioavailability of turmeric can be improved if taken with certain fats and milk.[13]

This is because the compound curcumin, present in turmeric and responsible for its many health benefits, binds readily to several milk proteins including whey and casein and further can be digested easily with them. [14] [15] [16]

Thus, taking turmeric with milk may have improved therapeutic action. The binding improves with heating, and therefore, the intake of warm turmeric milk may be beneficial. [17]

Consumption of non-dairy milk like soy, almond or coconut milk, lack dairy proteins but their fat content can compensate for it.

More research is required to ascertain whether their protein content can affect curcumin’s absorption. Nevertheless, they can make your turmeric intake a delicious and healthy experience.

How to Take Turmeric?

You can include turmeric as part of your diet with almost anything. One of the best ways is to make Golden paste (recipe here) as that takes care of low bioavailability of turmeric too. If you are confused about which brand to buy, here is the list of recommended turmeric powder brands for you>

In the case of aggressive disorders, severe pain etc, turmeric supplements can also be taken. Check out the types of supplements available in the market and which one is right for you here>

How do you make turmeric milk? share your recipe with us!

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