21 October, 2011
The Hair & Scalp Benefits of Drinking Honey & Turmeric Milk
As a cure-all drink, turmeric milk with honey is an Ayurvedic remedy used to promote good health. While it's not specifically consumed for hair and scalp health, the nutrient-rich drink is a source of essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids that are healthy for both your hair and scalp.
Lysine for Your Hair
While a healthy diet is essential for healthy hair, there's not a lot of evidence to support any one nutrient as the key to better hair, with the exception of the amino acid lysine. According to a 2002 article published in Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, lysine may help reduce hair shedding, which is important if you're worried about thinning hair. Turmeric milk with honey is a good source of lysine, meeting more than 30 percent of your daily needs. However, while turmeric adds some lysine to the drink, most of it comes from the milk.
Protein and Carbs for Your Scalp
Your scalp is essentially skin. To keep your scalp healthy, you need to feed it and make sure it has a regular supply of cells for the high rate of turnover. Turmeric milk is a source of carbohydrate from the milk and honey, which your body turns into glucose and serves as your scalp's source of energy. The milk is also rich in protein, with a little more than 8 grams in a 1-cup serving. Your body needs a regular supply of protein in order to make the cells for a healthy scalp.
Zinc for Hair
People with thinning hair have lower levels of zinc, according to a study published in 2015 in Dermatology and Research. The 2002 article published in Clinical and Experimental Dermatology notes that supplementation with zinc may do more harm than good, and you may be better off getting this vital mineral from the food you eat. Turmeric milk with honey provides a little less than 10 percent of the daily value per cup.
Tips and Uses
When making your sweet and spicy milk, use nonfat milk to limit your intake of saturated fat and calories. If you can't tolerate cow's milk, soy milk is a good alternative, although it's not as good a source of zinc as cow's milk. Almond milk may also work. However, the nut milk is not a good source of lysine. Turmeric milk is considered a safe and healthy food to include in your diet, but some people may experience nausea or stomach upset after drinking it.
- Giirvani -- Ayurvedic Remedies Primary: Warm Turmeric Milk
- Clinical and Experimental Dermatology: Nutritional Factors and Hair Loss
- Linus Pauling Institute: Micronutrients and Skin Health
- Dermatology Research and Practice: A 3-Month, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study Evaluating the Ability of an Extra-Strength Marine Protein Supplement to Promote Hair Growth and Decrease Shedding in Women With Self-Perceived Thinning Hair
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