On the Japanese island of Okinawa, turmeric or curcuma tea is a way of life. The population drinks this traditional favorite daily. Numerous studies have linked turmeric with wide-ranging anti-inflammatory effects. Perhaps this helps to explain why the people of Okinawa have one of the world’s longest average life spans: 81.2 years. Okinawans drink copious quantities of turmeric tea. Some brew it fresh and others simply buy cans or powdered instant versions of unsweetened tea from their local stores.
On the other hand, people in India, who eat turmeric in their daily curries, have among the world’s lowest rates of Alzheimer’s disease. That does not appear to be a coincidence.
Why Drink Curcuma Golden Tea?
Curcuma tea is more than tasty. Consuming it (whether in tea or in curries, soups, sauces, or other cooking) supports digestion, immune function, liver function, and may even offer protection from some types of cancer.
This drink maximizes the natural antioxidant power of turmeric because it is served hot and is combined with other beneficial spices and a little bit of fat.
There are several variations as to how to make turmeric tea. Here are the components you need to get the full benefits of turmeric: heat, the turmeric itself, some kind of fat for absorption, and a little black pepper to activate the turmeric.
“Golden tea” is a great way to get the health benefits of turmeric. Our family loves this turmeric tea recipe and it is a favorite staple in our home. We have this tea several times a week, depending on the time of year and what sounds good. I love drinking this tea especially before bed because it aids relaxation and helps boost the immune system while sleeping.
If you would like to try it, here’s my simple recipe. Feel free to experiment with the ingredients and flavorings until you find a combination that suits your taste.
2 cups almond milk (500 ml)
1 tsp curcuma powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon / ginger
2 tbsp maple syrup / honey
1 tsp coconut oil
warm up all ingredients and use a blender to mix them up.