What Happens if You Drink Turmeric Milk Everyday?

Chain Ruei20Huang RD

Medical reviewed by Chain-Ruei Huang, RD

Eating-related behavior therapy, preventative nutrition, public health nutrition

Turmeric milk! – The enchanting golden drink that everyone’s buzzing about. What’s so special about it? And what’s going to happen to your body if you drink turmeric milk every day? Here’s what science says.

Curcumin’s Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Powers

First off, you’ll have a much lower risk of contracting various diseases, infections, and other health conditions. That’s because the main active ingredient in turmeric is a natural compound called curcumin, which has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Antioxidants shield your body by fighting off cell damage and help lower the chances of contracting infections and diseases.

The anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, or other metabolic syndromes.

It also lends a hand in easing post-workout pain and period cramps, as curcumin can influence one of the inflammatory pathways that lead to delayed-onset muscle soreness.

Some studies have even suggested that the use of curcumin is similar to using actual pharmaceutical drugs, all without any of the pesky side effects.

Read more: Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods To Fight Disease

BDNF Boost—Effects on Brain Health

Now, let’s talk about brain power. Your brain might also get in better shape. Science has shown that curcumin can increase the levels of something called ‘brain-derived neurotrophic factor,’ or BDNF for short. This compound promotes brain cell growth and helps your brain form new connections. Having low BDNF levels has been linked to brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, and turmeric can help combat that. So sip on some turmeric milk to help keep your brain sharp. 

Read more: 11 Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin

Mood Enhancement

And if those benefits haven’t impressed you enough, there’s more. It may also improve your mood. A study was done with participants who suffered from major depressive disorders. They were given either curcumin, an antidepressant, or a mix of both. The results were similar between those who took curcumin and antidepressants. But guess who reaped the most rewards? Yep, the combo group.

Additional Benefits: Building Resistance

Additionally, your body will build up better resistance to environmental factors. Like most colorful plant-based foods, turmeric boasts a wealth of phytonutrients, those fantastic compounds that shield your body from the harsh effects of pollution and sunlight. So you can make the most out of your days outdoors. 

Tips and Precautions: Who Should Avoid Turmeric?

Here’s something you should keep in mind. Curcumin is fat-soluble and poorly absorbed from the gut. So for better absorption, have it with healthy fats such as olive oils, avocados, nuts, and seeds.

And while turmeric is extremely safe, it isn’t for everyone! High doses of turmeric can cause unpleasant side effects, including diarrhea and nausea. If you’re pregnant, avoid taking therapeutic doses. Animal studies suggest that curcumin may alter estrogen levels. Nevertheless, in small amounts, it may be beneficial during pregnancy.

If you’re anemic, avoid turmeric as curcumin may interfere with iron metabolism. Turmeric also contains oxalates, so avoid using it if you have gallstones or liver disease.

With all that’s said, turmeric milk remains a truly wonderful drink with many health benefits. Have one cup before bedtime every day, and watch your health soar!


Drinking turmeric milk daily may lower your risk of various diseases due to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin. Potential benefits include reduced chronic disease risk, improved brain health through increased BDNF levels, and mood enhancement comparable to antidepressants. However, precautions should be taken regarding absorption, dosage, and certain health conditions such as pregnancy or anemia.

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Chain Ruei20Huang RD

Medical reviewed by Chain-Ruei Huang, RD

Eating-related behavior therapy, preventative nutrition, public health nutrition

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