Although this spice has been around for centuries, turmeric is really making a name for itself lately. We’re sure you’ve spotted it included in countless new products lining grocery store shelves, but there’s no need to splurge on trendy (and likely pricey) items. Instead, you can get all the benefits from a simple two-ingredient drink called turmeric water.
As the name suggests, all you need is water and turmeric. Because it’s made by boiling the water, it’s also frequently called turmeric tea. The only difference seems to be the temperature you prefer to drink it at — either cooled down to room temperature or enjoyed as a hot tea. Either way, it’s similar to golden milk lattes, but without any dairy (or dairy alternatives) and extra spices involved.
To make turmeric water, NDTV Food says to start by boiling water in a kettle or on the stove. While waiting for it to heat up, add a teaspoon of ground turmeric to a cup. You can grate fresh turmeric root if you prefer, but you’ll probably want to sift that out from liquid after it’s brewed for a smoother drinking experience. When the water is ready, pour it over the spice and wait for it to steep for a few minutes. The website also recommends adding lemon juice at this point for extra flavor and waiting until it’s lukewarm to drink. Easy peasy!
Now that you know how to make turmeric water, allow us to remind you of the perks you’ll get as you sip. The bright spice is most renowned for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to a high level of a compound known as curcumin. The polyphenol helps prevent chronic inflammation and ease issues like joint pain or arthritis. It also seems to lower the amount of fat our bodies store, making it a perfect choice for anyone hoping to shed a few pounds or maintain a healthy weight.
As if that wasn’t enough already, curcumin has also been shown to increase a hormone function called the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). According to researchers, decreased levels of BDNF are connected to conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and depression. Another study points out that inflammation and oxidative stress play a role in developing Alzheimer’s, which we’ve already mentioned curcumin is great at warding off (but it’s always worth repeating). All the more reason to give yourself a tasty turmeric boost with this simple drink.
Psst: You can amp up the curcumin in your turmeric water by adding a pinch of cracked black pepper to the brew. It shouldn’t overwhelm the flavor, but will make it easier for your body to process the curcumin and get the perks you’re hoping for. Drink up!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, First For Women.