Brain Food – Energy & Anti-inflammatory Drink

There are a whole host of diseases from auto-immune to arthritis that are increasingly being linked to inflammation. And there is more and more in the news about the cognitive benefits of turmeric on Alzheimer patients and the anti-inflamatory effects of ginger and cinnamon.   

Here’s a beverage I drink with those spices.  It’s quite good.

 (Dr Sanjay Gupta drinks this every evening as a tea for calming.)

1 cup almond milk – either vanilla or chocolate 

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

1 tsp honey to drizzle over top (No need for honey if using chocolate)

Heat the almond milk in microwave. Stir in spices.  Drizzle honey on top. (You can add a packet of Stevia to the mix if you like your drinks sweet)  

I buy bulk turmeric, cinnamon and ginger in the market and mix up a batch to have on hand.  

With the mixture I add 1-3/4 tsp of mixed spices to one cup of almond milk.


Michael Greger M.D. and  


Brain Food – Turmeric Tea Time

Reviewing some 700 studies looking at turmeric benefits, turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects.

Tea Time by Peggy

How to Make Turmeric Tea

  • Bring four cups of water to a boil.
  • Add one teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup; add honey and/or lemon to taste.
  • Add a pinch of black pepper to increase absorption.

Click here for how to make another delicious turmeric drink with Almond Milk


3 Curcumin (a component of the spice turmeric) studies:

1.  Gulf War Illness

  • Individuals with GWI treated with curcumin for 30 days showed better cognitive function and mood than the control group did.”
  • The improvements were more than just functional. “Curcumin treatment helped in alleviating the brain inflammation seen in GWI,”
  • “It also enhanced the expression of genes that encode for antioxidants and normalized the expression of genes related to the function of mitochondria in the hippocampus.”
  • “Particularly, the ability of curcumin to reduce the occurrence of activated microglia, a sign of eased brain inflammation, is remarkable,”
  • The compound also seemed to enhance the formation of new neurons in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for learning, memory, and mood and the region where new neurons are added throughout life in normal individuals.
 “This study showed that curcumin can mediate anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, neurogenic, and cognitive and mood enhancing effects in a condition such as GWI” 

2.  Older Adults Cognitive function

The findings correspond well with those of a separate study in humans from the University of California, Los Angeles, which recently showed curcumin improved the cognitive function of older adults by 28 percent.

3.  Older Adults with pre-diabetes

In a placebo-controlled study, subjects were given one gram of turmeric with an otherwise nutritionally bland breakfast of white bread. Their working memory was tested before and some hours after the meal.  This addition to breakfast improved working memory over six hours in older people with pre-diabetes,” 

Experts generally consider curcumin supplementation safe for adults, with gastrointestinal upset being the most common side effect. Still, as with any supplement, people shouldn’t begin taking it without consulting with their health care providers.

Dash of turmeric with breakfast improves memory

Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.

One of the most comprehensive summaries of turmeric benefits studies to date was published by the respected ethnobotanist James A. Duke, Phd., in the October, 2007 issue of Alternative & Complementary Therapies, and summarized in the July, 2008, issue of the American Botanical Council publication HerbClip.