“Let coffee be thy medicine and medicine be thy coffee!” This is my adaptation of the famous quote from the Greek Physician Hippocrates. Of course he was mentioning diet as the pillar of health and indeed today, 2,500 years later, we are still having to be frequently reminded that our daily diet is more important than medicine, or prevention is better than looking for a cure (often when the damage has already been done). But let’s get back to coffee, which has been in the press a lot lately, mainly due to another study that shows that those who drank a few cups of coffee a day live longer, and this was based on analyzing data from 450,000 people. Earlier studies have shown that coffee consumption provides additional health benefits as protection from Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, liver and gallbladder disease, improvement in age-related cognitive function and a reduced risk for depression to name a few.
I consider myself a Herbalista, a combo of my day job as a medical herbalist and part-time barista (at least when all our friends come around to our house for our premium fresh Arabica coffee). As a firm believer in using coffee as a therapeutic basis for preventative herbal medicine I’ve been teaching the benefits of adding MCT Oil and Virgin Coconut Oil for years now. This amped up drink has become famous as “Bulletproof Coffee” (click here for more info) and this drink forms a popular part of the low carb high fat, paleo and ketogenic dietary lifestyles. One of the biggest challenges in experiencing the benefit of herbal medicine is compliance, which means that unless we take the herbs daily we will not see the benefit as many of us just forget or fail to meet the therapeutic recommended dosage. For coffee lovers their required morning brew is a daily affair and what better way than making this a ritual for added health effects as well. Adding coconut oil to coffee is really only the beginning and there’s many other formulations that can be enjoyed, just like our own Volcano Turmeric Coffee Recipe.
Making your own Volcano Turmeric Coffee
This is the perfect get-up-and-go coffee that energizes and rejuvenates body and mind through the synergy of several of nature’s most potent functional food antioxidants; Coffee, Coconut Oil and Turmeric. It’s dairy free, sugar free and tastes great. We highly recommend removing sugar from all your drinks and you would be surprised how easy this can be when you add healthy fats like Coconut Oil and Coconut Butter which sweetens and mellows the bitterness of pure black coffee.
Volcano Turmeric Coffee Ingredients (aka Turmeric MCT Latte)
- 1 large cup of freshly made black coffee
- 1 teaspoon of our Body Hack MCT Oil
- 1 tablespoon of YumYum Organic Coconut Butter or 3 tablespoons of coconut milk
- 8 drops of Nano Curcumin Liquid
- with a dash or 2 of cinnamon powder
You will be surprised at how delicious this coffee is and despite its orange (lava-like) colour it has almost no Turmeric taste because of the unique synergy between our liquid turmeric and the healthy oil ingredients. This super antioxidant coffee is recommended to:
- Lift your energy
- Assist mental functioning, concentration and mood
- Enhance antioxidant and anticancer immunity
- Promote liver health and detoxification
- Supports healthy weight loss and fat burning
The secret of coffee preparation for health and disease prevention is to go the extra mile to prepare fresh black coffee from premium Arabica coffee beans. Instant coffee, especially those that are loaded with sugar and chemical additives / artificial creamers etc., does not make the grade and may even be detrimental to health. Alternately (until you get setup with your own coffee filter or espresso maker) go to a local café and purchase your favourite non-sweetened coffee to which can be added the Volcano Coffee ingredients.