Move Over Matcha, Turmeric Is Your New Skin Saviour

ELLE explores the health and beauty benefits of the golden spice.


Move aside matcha, turmeric lattes are the hottest new health craze in town.

While most would argue that those green tea leaves are the reigning antioxidant king, it can contain almost as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. So it's not exactly everyone's idea of a calming afternoon beverage.

And, now, matcha has challengers.

For the uninitiated, turmeric lattes - aka 'golden milk' to those in the know - are the latest health drink to take the nation by storm, thanks to the unbelievable benefits of the once neglected spice.


Made from a mixture of cold-pressed turmeric juice and almond, cashew or coconut milk, turmeric lattes have become a staple drink in the diets of the health conscious.

Don't believe us? In 2017, Square (the maker of those ubiquitous credit-card readers) registered sales of the inflammation-busting turmeric lattes increased by a whopping 260 percent. Matcha, just fyi, got a (measly) 113 percent increase.

But should you really swap your morning coffee for a dose of the yellow stuff, or is this just another in a long line of passing health food fads?

We examine some of the benefits of turmeric to find out.

1. It's Great For The Skin

Not only does it have great health benefits, turmeric is also great for your skin, as Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley famously found out (watch Daisy's bright yellow face here). Its anti-inflammatory properties mean it can help to reduce redness and skin irritation, whilst its anti-bacterial qualities make it great for blemishes and acne. Turmeric is also a great exfoliant, meaning it can help to improve the overall texture of the skin. If that wasn't enough, it can also help to protect against wrinkles, and prevent moisture loss.


2. It's Good For The Brain

Turmeric produces a compound known as curcumin, which has a number of medicinal properties. One of these is that it can help to protect against the effects of Alzheimer's disease, increasing overall memory function. As well as this, turmeric can also help to keep your brain healthy, promoting repair to stem cells in the brain. It really is brain food!

3. It Helps Relieve Muscle Pain

Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties, which means it can help to relieve joint pain and arthritis. It also helps to reduce delayed-onset muscle soreness - great news for gym-bunnies!

4. It Delays Diabetes

Studies have found that turmeric can help to delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes, lowering blood glucose levels and reversing insulin resistance.

5. It Fights Infection

Thanks to its anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic qualities, turmeric can help to prevent stomach ulcers, and reduce infection in the gut. It can also help to relieve stomach pain, making it great for people with irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's disease.


6. It Can Help To Relieve Depression

Researchers from the Government Medical College in India found that curcumin can help to manage depression. Unlike other anti-depressive drugs, which were found to have a similar effect, curcumin also doesn't carry with it any of the dangerous side effects.

7. It Fights Against Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, turmeric interferes with 'several important molecular pathways involved in cancer development, growth and spread,' meaning it can help to fight against cancer. During studies, it was found to kill cancer cells, inhibit cancer cell growth, and boost antioxidant levels and the immune system.

8. It Reduces Cholesterol

Turmeric has been found to reduce levels of 'bad' cholesterol in the body, whilst increasing the levels of 'good' cholesterol. Having lower cholesterol means you are less at risk of developing serious health conditions, from heart attacks to strokes.

Alright guys, we're sold.

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