Turmeric is a staple in Okinawa, and the bright yellow spice has been the subject of many recent studies for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals, is linked to lower risk of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia, and has also been shown to lower the risk of heart disease.
The best way to enjoy turmeric is with black pepper, as it increases the bioavailability of turmeric’s anti-inflammatory compound curcumin. Fat is also necessary for better turmeric absorption, but you don’t have to go crazy; a cup of coconut or almond milk for this turmeric latte has more than enough to do the trick.
2 cups coconut, cashew, or almond milk (or any combination)
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch ground black pepper
Honey or agave to taste
*If you wish, you can also sub out half the milk with strong brewed coffee.