Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of trees from the genus Cinnamomum. True cinnamon is indigenous to Sri Lanka and southern India, and has been used for centuries in these regions for culinary and medicinal purposes. Cinnamon has been claimed to have preventative benefits, to improve cognitive function and to help the body maintain homeostasis. Modern studies continue to research these claims, and supportive results have been observed so far.2
Ginger: Ginger is a rhizome of the Zingiber officinale family. It is commonly used worldwide in beverages, teas, and cooking. Similar to turmeric, ginger is used fresh or in a dried, powdered form. For thousands of years, ginger was produced in India and China and used to make therapeutic tonics. Ginger contains a variety of bioactive ingredients; the most abundant of these is gingerol. Gingerol is a ketone, which gives ginger its spicy aroma. Ginger’s bioactive ingredients have been claimed to provide antioxidants properties, digestive relief and other therapeutic benefits. When studied, many claims have been supported, but further research is needed.1,3
Cardamom: Cardamom is a spice that is a perennial herb. It originates from India, Pakistan, Burma and Bangladesh. This spice, like the other spices, has been used for centuries to add flavor to dishes and in traditional medicine. Recent research has examined the claims of cardamom’s effect on obesity, glucose tolerance, oxidative stress and other ailments. So far, positive results have been seen 4.
With all these benefits, it’s clear to see why golden milk is all the rage. If you step into any trendy holistic cafe or restaurant, you will likely see golden milk on the menu. This may make it seem like an elusive and complex luxury drink, but it is quite simple and can be made at home in under 5 minutes. Read about how to make it in this blog: Health Benefits of Golden Milk . So now that you know the amazing benefits of golden milk’s spices, check out your local spice shop and try making this luxurious drink at home.
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