The New Fall Staple: Swap Your Pumpkin Spice for Golden Milk - Better Living

The New Fall Staple: Swap Your Pumpkin Spice for Golden Milk

Autumn, a season known for its colorful leaves, crisp air, and pumpkin spice lattes. But what if this fall, we introduced a new player to our beverage game? Meet Golden Milk, a drink rich in collagen and turmeric, promising not just warmth for your body, but multiple health benefits, especially for those who are gracefully embracing the years.

1. The Benefits of Collagen

Background Context:

Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in our bodies. It plays a crucial role in maintaining the elasticity and strength of our skin, the health of our joints, and the integrity of our hair and nails.

Benefits for the Aging Population:

  • Skin Health: Collagen has been associated with improving skin elasticity and hydration. A study published in the Journal of Medical Nutrition & Nutraceuticals found that individuals who consumed collagen peptides for eight weeks showed a notable improvement in skin hydration and elasticity1.
  • Joint Health: As we age, we may experience discomfort or stiffness in our joints. Collagen supplementation can be beneficial in improving joint pain. A study in the International Journal of Medical Sciences found that athletes who consumed collagen for 24 weeks had a significant reduction in joint pain2.
  • Hair and Nail Health: The integrity of our hair and nails can also benefit from collagen. Collagen provides the structural foundation for these, which may promote strength and prevent brittleness.

2. The Splendor of Turmeric

Background Context:

Turmeric, a vibrant yellow spice, has been used in traditional Indian medicine for centuries. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Benefits for the Aging Population:

  • Anti-inflammatory Properties: Inflammation can be a root cause of many age-related issues. Turmeric, with its high curcumin content, has been recognized for its potential in reducing inflammation. A meta-analysis in the Journal of Medicinal Food supported this, indicating significant anti-inflammatory effects3.
  • Antioxidant Boost: Oxidative stress is another factor contributing to aging. Curcumin acts as a potent antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals in the body4.
  • Brain Functionality: Curcumin has been linked to increased levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which supports neuron growth and fights various degenerative processes in the brain5.

3. A Powerful Duo: Collagen & Turmeric Combined

When combined, collagen and turmeric offer synergistic effects that amplify their individual benefits:

  • Enhanced Absorption: Collagen can facilitate the absorption of turmeric, allowing the body to better utilize its benefits.
  • Joint and Skin Health: The combination may offer a dual mechanism of action – while collagen provides the structural foundation for skin and joints, turmeric offers anti-inflammatory benefits, addressing issues at the root.

4. Introducing: Golden Milk – Your Fall Alternative to Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Let’s marry the healthful properties of collagen and turmeric in a delightful, warming beverage perfect for the autumn season.


  • 1 cup of milk (almond, coconut, or dairy)
  • 1 tsp of turmeric powder
  • A pinch of black pepper (to enhance turmeric absorption)
  • 1/2 tsp of ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp of collagen powder
  • A touch of honey or maple syrup for sweetness


  1. In a saucepan, gently heat the milk of your choice.
  2. Whisk in the turmeric, black pepper, and ground ginger.
  3. Once warmed, remove from heat and stir in the collagen powder.
  4. Sweeten with honey or maple syrup to taste.
  5. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy the glow from within.


  1. Journal of Medical Nutrition & Nutraceuticals: Collagen and skin health
  2. International Journal of Medical Sciences: Collagen supplementation and joint pain
  3. Journal of Medicinal Food: Anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric
  4. BioFactors: Curcumin as an antioxidant
  5. Experimental and Clinical Sciences Journal: Curcumin and brain health

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