Turmeric Root

Turmeric Root

In the pyramid of superfoods, turmeric root lies at the very pinnacle. A spice indeed, used for its taste by a billion people a day, but are they aware of how beneficial it is? We bring it here not just for its taste, when blended properly in a tea, but for its nutritional and disease preventing supremacy.

Native to India, turmeric comes from a flowering plant requiring ample precipitation and heat. The part that is consumed is the rhizome, which is part of the root structure of the plant. It comes from the same family as ginger which is another plant powerhouse. Used for thousands of years as a food and dye by the peoples of Asia and even in Hawaii, the yellow robes you see of countless monks is dyed by the root. 

Healthwise, the primary active ingredient of turmeric is curcumin which gives the spice most of its medicinal properties, primary is the reduction of the much prevalent and dreaded inflammation. Inflammation is caused by many things, and we need something that can combat it in our diets. Diseases such as arthritis, Alzheimer's, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer can all be caused by chronic inflammation. 

Turmeric is also a free radical fighting agent through its antioxidant properties. Free radicals are essentially unstable molecules that try to bind to stable healthy human cells in order to become stable themselves. Kind of like a free loading and toxic person! 

Heart health is another area where turmeric shines. By fighting inflammation, it lowers the risk of heart disease. It may help in the improvement of blood flow in the arteries and veins and is able to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure levels. In addition to the heart, it also helps with the brain, in that it may fight depression and improve memory.

A great thing then. However, in order to be even more effective, turmeric needs one special friend, the humble black peppercorn. Piperine, an active ingredient in black pepper, can enhance absorption by the blood stream of curcumin by 2,000%! Find it all beautifully and tastefully blended in our Essential + Turmeric tea.

Taste

Warm, slightly bitter and earthy taste with a hint of ginger and citrus.

Side Effects

No significantly reported side effects

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