Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (2024)


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Turmeric milk (aka golden milk) is an Ayurvedic beverage that helps to reduce inflammation, joint pain and boosts the immune system.

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Golden turmeric milk is a powerfully anti-inflammatory& nourishing beverage packed with antioxidants. This turmericmilk recipe is an amazing drink my family and I enjoy drinking before bed.I always sleep so well when I make this in the evenings.

Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is a golden-yellow spice originally from India and is one of my favorite all-time, multi-talented remedies for many different ailments. I try to use it daily in my cooking or always make a cup of turmeric milk before I go to get. While I could write several blog posts on the benefits of turmeric, I’m going to limit myself and mention just a few below.

  • Joint Pain: Theanti-inflammatoryproperties of turmeric are ideal for treating rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Its antioxidant property also kills free radicals in the body which cause damage to cells.
  • Immune Support: Turmeric contains a substance known aslipopolysaccharidethat helps to stimulate the immune system of the body. Its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agents help to strengthen the immune system.A strong immune system will reduce the chances of suffering from coughs, flu or cold. If you get cold or flu, you should mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and drink it once a day.
  • Brain Health: Turmeric helps in memory andbrain health. By taking turmeric, you can improve oxygen intake of the brain which helps it all brain processes and functions. When your brain is working at its best, hormones such as serotonin and melatonin increase.

Turmeric Milk Ingredients

  • 2 cups of coconut milk (you can also easily make your own coconut milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon of clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract (add this DIY vanilla extract recipe to your to-do list!)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of raw honey

How To Make Turmeric Milk

I season my golden milk up with warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. These spices work synergically to balance the bold flavor of turmeric. If you want to make a golden milk mix that you can use whenever you’re craving turmeric, try my turmeric milk latte mix!

To get started you’ll need milk (I use coconut milk), raw honey or maple syrup, vanilla extract, and herbs. When using turmeric, make sure to add black pepper.This will enhance the bioavailability of turmeric, making it easy for your body to absorb the curcumin.

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  • Author: The Coconut Mama
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


  • 2 cups of Coconut Milk (buy here)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Turmeric (buy here)
  • Pinch of Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Nutmeg
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Clove
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 12 Tablespoons of Raw Honey (buy here)


  1. Warm coconut milk in a small sauce pan over low heat.
  2. Mix in turmeric, spices, vanilla and honey.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Pour into two cups and enjoy!

This blog post was originally published on April 6th, 2019 and has been continuously updated since.

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About Tiffany Pelkey

Tiffany is the founder of the wellness website Coconut Mama where she spent over a decade creating coconut-inspired recipes and tutorials. Tiffany lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family and works as a freelance writer, recipe creator, and photographer. She studies aromatherapy and herbalism and loves to cook plant-based meals. You can follow Tiffany on Instagram.

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  1. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (8)theflowerspoint.com

    yummy recipe

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  2. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (9)Rose Hart

    Tiffany, thanks so much for all you have contributed to our lives!

    I want to make Golden Milk with raw numeric we’ve grown. Can I grate it fine and then filter it out of the tea?

    Best to you always with deep gratitude!


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    • Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (10)Tiffany - The Coconut Mama

      I honeslty haven’t tried it with raw tumeric! I think grating it and straining it will work. Please report back if you try it. I’m curious!

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  3. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (11)Janet

    Is this turmeric tea good for sleep?

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    • Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (12)Tiffany - The Coconut Mama

      I helps me to sleep well 🙂

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  4. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (13)Joyce

    I just made this and it tasted great. My only concern is that at the bottom of my cup we’re a bunch of spices. Did I do something wrong. Should I cook it longer?

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  5. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (14)Emilia

    What is the problem with using cow milk?

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      • Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (16)J

        My family raises milk cows and we have the dna and natural probiotics which most of the world does not have, thus milk may cause risk to many but be very healthy for some. Secondly most world peoples must boil milk because they do not have the skill or ability to test milk free of pathogens, this cooked milk kills most benefits of raw life giving milk. Yes cooked milk is highly inflammatory but raw milk is healing. If you give kittens fresh raw milk they grow healthy but if you give them cooked milk they become ill. Most testing done on milk is done on cooked milk not raw milk, thus so many negative tests and the genetic background of individuals are not included in the tests as to whether they can digest milk or become ill from it. I drink raw milk daily for twenty years with no negative inflammation or negative effects! Just don’t cook it or kill it!

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        • Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (17)luckyrn3

          I’ve found an Amish farm near us that does not cook their milk. It only uses organic natural ways and slow temperature pasteurization. I’ve found no gastrointestinal issues like with any other milk or inflammation issues. So agree with you.

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        • Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (18)Margarita Fang

          Hi Tiffany,
          Can this turmeric milk be done in bulk and store in fridge to be had later (heated up in serving portions in microwave? if so, how long would it last in fridge?
          Thank you,

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          • Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (19)Tiffany - The Coconut Mama

            Hi Margarita, yes I think that’ll work fine. I have a turmeric tea mix recipe that’s good for making a single serving.

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  6. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (20)Sandra Pereira

    Can I put the rest in the fridge if I don’t drink all of it? How long will it last?


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  7. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (21)Nilannawen

    I’ve recently been been diagnosed with spondylitis and heard golden milk helps ease the pain and inflammation. Tried a few recipes and this is definitely the best!

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  8. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (22)Janet Evans

    can you use oil of cloves instead of cloves?

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  9. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (23)mergatroid

    Yum! I just made this Golden Milk and it is delicious. I added some fresh grated turmeric root (looks similar to ginger root) I also added some Silk coconut milk for coffee to it, it was a bit too thick at first.
    So easy and so tasty!
    I’ve been adding fresh grated turmeric root to almost anything; salad dressings, sprinkled on a salad, in muffins for a pop of colour, the list goes on… and now Golden Milk! Note: grating fresh turnmeric root stains things yellow, I bought a separate tiny grater for it and try not to get it on me or the counter!

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  10. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (24)Barbara Beaver

    Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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  11. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (25)Marjorie

    Looking forward to trying golden milk.

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  12. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (26)Yvonne

    This golden milk looks amazing- am definitely going to try it!
    Looks like 5*

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  13. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (27)Judy

    I wish to try this with Almond Breeze (30 calories). I am fearful still of coconut milk with my anorexic past, however, I have tried, LOVE, & keep my freezer stocked with Tiffany’s chocolate recipe candies using coconut oil…love, love love! I have always been underweight, however in last 4 yrs of serious therapy I have developed a much unwanted menopausal belly. I thought coconut oil was supposed to help you to lose your belly fat. At 55, I am living, breathing proof to the contrary. But, about the Almond Breeze…successfully substitutable?

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    • Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (28)Erica

      What can I use instead of coconut milk? I’m allergic to coconuts

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  14. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (29)Connie Hannah

    I have tried this recipe for Golden Milk and it is really delicious and a nice drink to have before bedtime. 🙂

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  15. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (30)Karen Heinemann

    Can you use dairy milk for this recipe instead of coconut milk?

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    • Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (32)Carol

      The problem with using dairy is, dairy causes inflammation in the body. Better to stick with a non-dairy.

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  16. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (33)Kari

    Can you give this to a 2 and half year old?

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  17. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (34)Pauline

    Just tried this recipe. Delicious. I heard so many great things about termeric. Looking forward to a good night’s rest.

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  18. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (35)Valerie Ward

    I have acid reflux and read somewhere that anyone with stomach problems should not use tumeric. Do you know if this is true, would really like to try this tumeric milk.

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    • Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (36)Sandi

      I have an esophageal hernia and I have been taking omeprisol
      (Prilosec)for 15 years……I do not take it any longer……drinking golden milk has literally freed me from the medication. I can’t imagine where you got the idea that you couldn’t use turmeric for digestion…..

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  19. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (37)Priscilla

    I just made these and they were easy to make and taste great! Thanks

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  20. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (38)Lisa

    Where can I buy tumeric?

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  21. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (39)Michelle Rogers

    How do you get round the fact that it can stop the absorbtion of iron in the body?

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  22. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (40)Shannon

    Silly, silly question I am sure, but you say to pour into two cups. Is that two cups for me or one to share??? ?

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  23. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (41)Noornissa

    Im excited about this;lookin forward to all the lovely recipes.

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  24. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (42)Ronald Monteiro

    Hi Tiffany… A Q for u… Can I use coconut powder instead of fresh coconut water ???
    Thank You

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  25. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (43)Daisy

    Can this be made in a larger quantity and drunk throughout the week, or does it need to be mixed each night?

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  26. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (44)Kristina

    Just wanted to mention that I am very sensitive to any kind of pepper and you can use ginger in place of pepper to help with the bioavailability. Ginger! Even more delicious1

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  27. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (45)Karen Countryman

    four questions:
    How often should you drink this? and How quickly do you notice benefits.
    Also, I notice young living oils ads on your site do you sell young living oils? do you use oils?

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    • Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (46)karen

      I am doing Keto. Can I replace the honey?

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  28. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (47)Jenny

    Hello from Greece! My husband just ran the marathon today for the first time and I’m thinking of making him this drink. Do you think it’ll help?

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  29. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (48)Berti

    How many cups a day do you recommend. We are in our 70’s and this old age gig is painful. You, my dear, are wonderful.

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  30. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (49)Justina

    Hi Tiffany, many thanks for your recipe. Instead of using 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder, can I use fresh grated turmeric? If so, what is the quantity?

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  31. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (50)Delores

    Can a diabetic drink this.

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  32. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (51)Joan

    I’m not able to download the coconut flour recipe e-book even after signing up for the newsletter. The site just keeps taking me back to the sign-up page.

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  33. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (52)Pravisha

    Hi, if you add ginger to it, it is also good for sore throaths and a cold (Old indian home cure).

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  34. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (53)Cheryl

    Will try this out. Just wanted to say how much I appreciate your time in sharing your recipes and tips. I would love to adopt you lol. I love coconut and you!

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    • Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (54)The Coconut Mama

      Aww you’re so sweet, Cheryl! Thanks for reading. 🙂

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  35. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (55)Susan Zimmer

    For “golden turmeric milk” do you use coconut milk from the can (thick), or from the refrigerated carton (thinner)?

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    • Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (56)The Coconut Mama

      Both will work but the canned will be thicker (and yummier in my opinion). 🙂

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  36. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (57)Jen Marini

    Do you know if this safe to drink while breast feeding?

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  37. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (58)CAROL TRIPP

    Could canned coconut milk be used in this drink ?

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    • Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (59)The Coconut Mama

      Yes! I’ve used homemade and canned. The canned will be thicker, but still very good.

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      • Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (60)Aritablas@gmail.com

        I just made it with caned coconut milk, it was thicker while it was cold but as soon as I heated it it became watery… It is really good, I love the combination of the coconut flavor and turmeric! Can I make it at night and drink it cold the next day?
        Thank you.

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        • Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (61)The Coconut Mama


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      • Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (62)Shazi

        I put 1 cup water to boil and I add cloves powder
        Ginger powder
        Pinch of black pepper
        1/2 tsp turmeric
        Pinch cinnamon
        Pinch of black salt
        1 cup milk
        One boil and stop.
        I like it but not sure it is okay.

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  38. Turmeric Milk Recipe (Golden Milk) (63)Martha R Staley

    Thanks Tiffany for your wonderful life saving recipes.

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What happens to your body when you drink turmeric milk everyday? ›

The ingredients in golden milk have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Chronic inflammation is thought to play a major role in chronic diseases, including cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer's and heart disease. For this reason, diets rich in anti-inflammatory compounds may reduce your risk of these conditions.

Is turmeric milk the same as golden milk? ›

Golden milk, also known as haldi doodh in hindi or as turmeric milk in popular culture, is a drink with a lot of history. It has been a part of Indian culture for centuries. The drink is bright gold, stemming from yellow turmeric mixed into white milk.

What is the golden drink that lowers cholesterol? ›

Golden milk, also known as turmeric milk, is a common Indian drink that has recently been gaining popularity in western cultures due to many health claims. It's beautiful bright yellow color is a result of adding turmeric, along with spices such as cinnamon and ginger, to milk.

What are the side effects of golden milk turmeric? ›

Consuming turmeric supplements in high amounts may cause symptoms, including upset stomach. It may not be safe to take with certain medications. Turmeric is a yellow-orange spice originating in southern Asia. It's a popular ingredient in many Indian and Middle Eastern dishes as well.

Is it better to drink turmeric milk at night or morning? ›

Turmeric milk is believed to have calming properties, primarily due to its potential to reduce inflammation and soothe the nervous system. Many people find that drinking warm turmeric milk before bedtime can promote relaxation and improve sleep quality.

Who should not drink turmeric milk? ›

People who should not take turmeric include those with gallbladder problems, bleeding disorders, diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), infertility, iron deficiency, liver disease, hormone-sensitive conditions, and arrhythmia. Pregnant women and those who are going to undergo surgery should not use turmeric.

How long does it take for turmeric milk to work? ›

The antioxidant properties in turmeric also play a role in boosting the immune system. One animal study found that curcumin could be seen at work in the body at just 96 hours after supplementation.

Can I drink turmeric milk in an empty stomach? ›

Yes, turmeric milk can be taken with food. In fact, drinking turmeric milk with a meal that contains fat can enhance the absorption of curcumin, the active compound in turmeric. Drinking turmeric milk before bed may also help improve sleep quality.

Does turmeric stain teeth? ›

Though turmeric has a pretty intense yellow color, you would need to eat or drink it regularly for it to stain your teeth. Plus, brushing your teeth twice a day and cleaning between teeth daily can help prevent those surface stains. If you want whiter teeth, try some clinically proven teeth whitening methods.

What do Chinese use to lower cholesterol? ›

TCM Jiang-Zhi-Ning, containing four Chinese herbs, can significantly lower cholesterol, triglyceride, and low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol in hyperlipidemic rats, partly by inhibiting the expression of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase (HMGCR), the rate-limiting enzyme for cholesterol synthesis (58).

What is the miracle fruit that lowers cholesterol? ›

The calabash miracle fruit, also known as Synsepalum dulcificum, has been found to have a cholesterol-lowering effect. Extracts from the leaves, seeds, and dry pulp of the miracle fruit have shown the ability to decrease plasma total cholesterol levels in hamsters .

What should I drink first in the morning to lower my cholesterol? ›

Green Tea

Green tea is rich in polyphenols, especially catechins, known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Research suggests that catechins can interact with cholesterol, leading to reduced absorption and lower blood cholesterol levels.

What drugs cannot be taken with turmeric? ›

Turmeric may interfere with the action of these drugs, increasing the production of stomach acid:
  • Cimetidine (Tagamet)
  • Famotidine (Pepcid)
  • Ranitidine (Zantac)
  • Esomeprazole (Nexium)
  • Omeprazole (Prilosec)
  • Lansoprazole (Prevacid)

What will happen if I drink turmeric milk every day? ›

Drinking haldi milk or golden milk every day results in a smooth digestion and reduced bloating and discomfort. According to health experts, drinking this healthy potion daily helps in significantly reducing body ache and joint pain caused due to inflammation and arthritis.

Does turmeric burn belly fat? ›

Turmeric may reduce the fat deposit in the body. It could help reduce body fat and body weight as per animal studies. You can mix some turmeric in a glass of warm water and take it every morning to reduce belly fat.

Can turmeric milk reduce belly fat? ›

According to a study conducted at the Tufts University, curcumin can actually suppress fat tissue growth. Another way in which turmeric helps in losing weight by regulating sugar levels and further preventing insulin resistance. This results in excess fat that is not retained in the body.

What do turmeric and milk do to the face? ›

Many of our grandmother's and mothers' favourite 'nuskha' (home remedy) was to rub raw turmeric on skin eruptions. That's because Turmeric has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which work on acne, scars, and spots for healthy and glowing skin. Turmeric milk helps maintain healthy skin for a long time.

Does turmeric milk detox liver? ›

It also helps the liver by stopping alcohol and other toxins from turning harmful as that can damage the Liver. Drinking turmeric with hot milk every day helps the Liver detox and keeps the body healthy. Eating turmeric every day mixed with your food helps keep the digestive system strong and the Liver healthy.


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