Search the web and you’ll find that there are a wide variety of recipes for “golden milk.” They are all pretty darn delicious, and promote good health.
Golden milk is a classic Ayurvedic drink that has been savored for centuries, and one of the main ingredients is turmeric that gives the milk its golden color.
Turmeric is a pungent flavored spice that has been recognized for it’s anti-inflammatory properties due to the active curcurminoid substances it contains.
“The journal Oncogene published the results of a study that evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that curcumin is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world.”
In this recipe, I’ve also added the usual suspects that accompany turmeric, like ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper to make its healing compounds more bio-available.
But, the ingredient that separates this Golden Milk from many of the other the milks out there in the webiverse, is the addition of immune-boosting mushroom mycelium powder.
Medicinal mushrooms are pretty awesome foods to include in your diet and are especially useful to boost and regulate the immune system.
“Medicinal mushrooms are antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral in nature. Polysaccharides are the main compound found in these mushrooms. These polysaccharides help to downregulate the proinflammatory immune response for individuals with compromised immune systems.”
For more insight into what mushrooms can do, check out my article, Foods for Cancer Prevention and Healing.
For this Immune Boosting Golden milk, you can pick and choose from a wide variety of mushroom powders. For the recipe below I used Reishi Mushroom Mycelium powder.
Reishi Powder: Reishi has been used for thousands of years and is considered the Mushroom of Longevity. It’s also been referred to as the Mushroom of Immortality. Whatever you prefer to call it, just get it into your body at some point in your life. The polysaccharides in Reishi mushroom boost the immune system and prevent abnormal blood vessel formations. They have neuroprotective properties, regenerate the liver, and inhibit the development and metastasis of cancerous tumors.
Consider adding medicinal mushroom powder to your next cup of Golden Milk and enjoy the benefits of better health!
- 1 tsp. coconut oil or ghee
- 1 tsp. Reishi mushroom mycelium powder
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- ¼ tsp. ginger powder
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon powder
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups oat milk (or other milk)
- 2 tsp. honey
- Heat coconut oil in a small soup pot.
- Add turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and black pepper.
- Add milk and honey.
- Bring to a boil and whisk vigorously.
- Makes 2 servings.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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