Integrative Medicine Blog

Golden Milk Can Have Benefits in Diabetes

Heidi S. Puc M.D., FACP, ABIHM Sunday, November 12, 2017
Golden milk

How Golden Milk can benefit people with diabetes.

Did you know that turmeric and curcumin (which is found in turmeric) have significant benefits in diabetes? Turmeric lowers blood sugar, detoxifies the liver, and reverses insulin resistance, all of which are major components in controlling diabetes. Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties have also been shown to delay and reverse some of the complications of high blood sugars in diabetes such as painful diabetic neuropathy (nerve pain), diabetic nephropathy (kidney disease), and retinopathy (eye disease). It works as an antioxidant and decreases oxidative stress and heart disease risk in diabetes. In autoimmune (Type 1) diabetes, it can repair and regenerate pancreas islet cells, which are responsible for making insulin. Curcumin can even reverse prediabetes, and can aid in diabetic wound healing.

I think a great way to add turmeric to your day is drinking “golden milk”. There are many good recipes out there, but here is a recipe from Dr. Andrew Weil (I just added putting in some Stevia liquid or powder to sweeten to taste, without using sugar!):


Yields 2 Servings

  1. Heat 2 cups light, unsweetened coconut milk, or almond or soymilk
  2. Add ½ tablespoon peeled, grated fresh ginger
  3. Add 1 tablespoon peeled, grated fresh turmeric
  4. Add 3-4 black peppercorns
  5. Heat all ingredients in a saucepan and stir well
Bring to a simmer and simmer covered for 10 minutes. Strain and add a few drops organic liquid Stevia extract or Stevia powder to taste for sweetening if desired.

So as the November days and evenings get colder, enjoy some warm, healing golden milk. To your health!