Health Benefits Of Turmeric Milk For Kids
Turmeric is the most sought-after herb for common illnesses in children. This article tells you why drinking a glass of turmeric milk daily is beneficial to your child’s health.
By Bharti Adhikari • 9 min read
Turmeric is a widely used herb in all Indian recipes since times immemorial. Apart from giving a vibrant colour to your delicious recipes, it also has a number of health benefits for children. This herb tops the chart when it comes to medicinal use in Ayurveda and Chinese medicines. Even grandma’s treasure box of home remedies for common illnesses includes turmeric.
Turmeric milk for kids
Turmeric milk or golden milk (haldi ka doodh in Hindi) is touted for its many health benefits which include boosting immunity, improving memory and brain function, and aiding digestion. It is a traditional home remedy for preventing cold, sore throat and cough in toddlers and kids. The medicinal properties of turmeric also help in relieving asthma and allergy symptoms.
Turmeric milk recipe for toddlers and kids
- A cup of milk
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp palm sugar, jaggery or honey
How to prepare
Turmeric milk is easy to prepare.
- Take a saucepan and pour a cup of milk in it.
- Add half teaspoon of turmeric to the milk.
- Then add a teaspoon of palm sugar, jaggery or honey and stir it well.
- Heat the milk in low to medium flame until it boils.
- Transfer the turmeric milk to a glass and serve while warm.
Giving a glass of turmeric milk to your child everyday will ensure that your child is healthy and doesn’t fall sick that often.
How does turmeric work
Curcumin is the main ingredient that gives turmeric its medicinal properties and the golden yellow colour. It works as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral agent. It is curcumin that gives turmeric its potent healing properties. A glass of warm milk mixed with half a spoon of turmeric can help in curing cold, flu, indigestion, chest congestion and fever.
A study by National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) suggests that curcumin may be used as an additional therapy for those seeking a combination of conventional and alternative medicine. In India, the average intake of turmeric through diet is approximately 2-2.5 grams per day. This corresponds to 60-100 mg of curcumin daily intake. Being a part of the staple diet, Indians tolerate high doses of curcumin.
Benefits of turmeric milk for kids
1. Healing wounds and burns
Bruises, wounds and minor burns are common with children. A paste of turmeric and oil, milk or aloe vera gel can be applied on the affected areas. Its anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties will work as a disinfectant. It will accelerate the healing process and formation of fresh skin tissues. Turmeric also works as a natural painkiller and can be applied on sprains and swellings.
2. Treating allergies and asthma
Every child is allergic to something. It can be food items, medicines, insects, smoke, dust or even pets. Allergies may lead to skin infection, chest congestion, lung problems, asthma or diarrhoea. Turmeric contains magnesium and potassium that facilitates proper hydration and balances the body fluids. The curcumin present in turmeric acts as a decongestant which helps in treating asthma.
Research by NCBI confirms that the anti-inflammatory effect of curcumin helps in improving lung function without any adverse effects. It is effective and safe as an add-on therapy for asthma.
3. Helping digestion
One of the most important functions of the body is digestion. Improper digestion may lead to constipation, abdominal pain, gas and bloating. Several researches have proved that turmeric stimulates the gallbladder and releases bile resulting in better digestion. This will have a calming effect on the digestive system and eases out the gas.Its anti-inflammatory property can help in treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
4. Strengthening the immune system
Children are most vulnerable to seasonal virus as their immune system is still developing. The increasing air pollution also results in various illnesses. So it is best to work on improving their immunity from the early age. Turmeric has the ability to increase the white blood cells that play a major role in fighting bacteria and viruses. It regulates the functioning between these cells and other body elements, thus creating an efficient immune system.
5. Managing juvenile diabetes
With the changing lifestyle, diabetes has become a common acquired disease among children. This disease is all about the increased glucose level in the body. A study published in PubMed, suggests that turmeric lowers blood glucose levels and improves insulin production. Its antioxidant properties prevent children with juvenile diabetes from moving to type-2 diabetes. Turmeric is also very beneficial in faster healing of wounds in diabetic children because of its anti-septic properties.
6. Preventing leukemia
Leukemia is the most common form of cancer seen among children. It is the cancer of white blood cells or bone marrow, where the unhealthy cells grow at a rapid pace and destroy the normal healthy cells. Curcumin has antioxidant, chemopreventive, chemotherapeutic, and chemo-sensitizing activities. It eases the damage to the chromosomes caused due to radiation therapy.
Cancer Research UK states in an article that a number of studies have shown that curcumin has anticancer properties. It can kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing. It works best on breast, bowel, stomach and skin cancer cells. A 2013 international laboratory study found that the combined treatment might be better than chemotherapy alone.
Turmeric is considered a super spice because of its ability to prevent and cure a number of diseases. So go ahead and use it in your cooking every day. Also, send us recipes of your child's favourite dishes which have turmeric as an ingredient to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Written by the Bharti Adhikari on 26 June 2017; updated on 16 June 2020
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