Be gone ye humble cappuccino. Hello “golden latte”. Every on-trend café around Australia is promoting this superfood health booster. But what is it? And why the fuss?
Remove the advertising spin and the Golden Latte reduces to none other than hot milk mixed with turmeric, coconut oil and maybe a dash of honey.
Turmeric rocketed to stardom after a 2006 study. Older Singaporeans who ate an above average amount of curry dishes had less memory decline than others. This lead researchers to ask which active components within curry were acting as memory boosters.
Curcumin, the active compound within turmeric, was identified as being responsible for the anti-oxidant and inflammatory properties.
Inflammation is linked to a range of chronic diseases including arthritis, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Researchers argue curcumin could help reduce the risk of these diseases by limiting inflammation in the body.
“The research is still in its early days,” said Doctor Kin Lee. “More evidence from clinical trials on humans is needed.”
Eating turmeric as a spice in food is safe explained Doctor Lee.
“The worst that can happen is you’ll end up with an upset stomach if you use too much.”
But Doctor Lee warned taking curcumin as a supplement can be dangerous for those on blood-thinning medications like aspirin, warfarin, ibuprofen, and naproxen.
“Taking curcumin in addition to blood-thinning medications may increase bleeding, especially if you’re having surgery,” cautioned Doctor Lee.
All up, enjoy your Golden Lattes (and curries for that matter). But check with your pharmacist or doctor before taking concentrated curcumin supplements.