PubMed is my new favorite website. Since my lovely friend Kaitlin was diagnosed with ALS, I have been spending a lot of time browsing through the National Library of Medicine, reading every peer-reviewed article I can find about non-drug based interventions to autoimmune disorders.
What I see echoed again and again through the pages of these articles is this: food is medicine. Whole plant foods have an incredible power to heal the body. Of course, there is no known cure for ALS. But there is a wealth of information available about cellular similarities among people with autoimmune diseases and food-based therapies that may offer meaningful interventions.
Turmeric is one of these seemingly magical, medicinal foods. It has a wonderful ability to help neutralize free radicals- those pesky extra electrons floating around which create a cascade of volatility in your body. Antioxidants, like those found in turmeric, stop oxidative stress in it’s tracks by grabbing those extra electrons. And if you eat turmeric with a dash of black pepper, it increases the bioavailability of the available nutrients, magnifying it’s impact.
As enlightening as these research articles may be, they don’t come with recipes. In reading about the health benefits of turmeric for all people, and especially those with autoimmune disorders, I wanted to come up with a delicious antioxidant power latte. This latte not only uses turmeric in it’s most bioavailable form, but it also takes advantage of the antioxidant powerhouse, the goji berry, which contains high concentrations of melatonin– a powerful antioxidant for the brain (especially wonderful for those with ALS).
This latte is medicinal and delicious. It uses a combination of medicinal herbs and whole plant foods to offer a yummy, antioxidant boost to your daily diet.
Love and Healing,
Notes For a nut-free latte, use soy, rice, or seed milk.
For a nut-free latte, use soy, rice, or seed milk.