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Golden Milk: How Can It Help My Senior Loved One?

By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on

Golden milk is a traditional health drink made of a combination of the spice turmeric and coconut milk. Many people enjoy drinking it before bed or first thing in the morning due to its many health benefits. Hourly caregivers in Palm Desert can use the following recipe to help relieve the seniors in their care of numerous health problems.

Recipe for Golden Milk

To mix up two glasses of golden milk, follow these easy directions. In a saucepan, whisk together two cups coconut milk (you can also use regular milk), 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (to enhance the absorption of the turmeric), and a tablespoon of sliced ginger. Heat the ingredients over medium heat until bubbling, then turn to low and simmer for five to ten minutes. The longer you allow the mixture to heat, the less bitter it tastes. Strain to remove the ginger and stir in honey for a sweeter flavor.

Benefits of Golden Milk for Seniors

Golden milk provides numerous health benefits, especially for seniors. Here are just a few of the reasons seniors should make golden milk a part of their regular diet.

  • It eases arthritis pain – Turmeric, the main ingredient in golden milk, is used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine to treat arthritis. Studies have shown that turmeric reduces joint inflammation and has anti-arthritic effects, and may be more effective for treating rheumatoid arthritis than some anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • It helps digestion – Curcumin is the compound in turmeric that makes it so healthy. Curcumin helps the gallbladder produce more bile, which may aid in digestion. Studies have also found that curcumin helps keep ulcerative colitis in remission.
  • It prevents cancer and Alzheimer’s – Turmeric has been shown to fight free radicals, maintain healthy cells and block the enzymes that support the growth of cancer cells. Turmeric also improves brain health and may even prevent Alzheimer’s by removing the amyloid-plaque buildup in the brain that leads to neurodegenerative disorders.

A cup or two of golden milk will make a delicious and nutritious addition to your loved one’s daily routine. With help from Palm Desert senior home care providers like Home Care Assistance, he or she can adopt other healthy habits pertaining to diet and exercise. Not only do we help seniors who are ill or recovering from injury, but we also help seniors with aspects of daily living. Schedule a free in-home consultation today when you call (760) 345-0001 and speak with a knowledgeable Care Manager.