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The star of golden milk is turmeric, a spice that's been shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits—and may help defend against metabolic disease. We know that turmeric (and curcuminoids, the active substances in the spice) isn't a magic bullet—since research hasn't borne out that you can prevent these chronic diseases simply by eating it (or forgo necessary medications). However, curcuminoids top the list of anti-inflammatory compounds, says Mayfield. The antioxidant-rich spice can be considered a healthy addition to an all-around anti-inflammatory diet. Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to a cup of warmed almond milk with honey, to taste. (If possible, buy organic ground turmeric to lower the risk of heavy-metal contamination, he says.) Finish with a pinch of black pepper—it contains piperine, a compound which can help improve absorption of curcumin.