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Are Fresh Turmeric Shots Actually Valuable For You? by Dr. J. E. Williams

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Are Fresh Turmeric Shots Actually Valuable For You? by Dr. J. E. Williams

The bright yellow spice turmeric is called the golden nutraceutical. And it is the latest morning super food shot of Manhattan supermodels and Hollywood celebrities. Raw turmeric shots may be new to Americans, and curry may be the British favorite food, but Indian curry dishes are thousands of year old. It is also commonly used in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. Turmeric has an impressive chemical profile assuring its popularly in both Eastern and Western countries. Let’s look at the science and find out if raw turmeric shots are valuable for your health.

What Makes Turmeric So Healthy?

Curcumin is the medicinal component in turmeric (Curcumin longa) that gives it the bright yellow color. The active compounds in curcumin are curcuminoids. These substances are potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant plant compounds, with an impressive scientific resume.

Curcumin helps lower C-reactive protein that causes heart disease. Scientific studies show that curcumin increases the activity of antioxidant enzymes in the body including raising glutathione levels. It enhances stem cells. It reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease by helping boost HDL (“good”) cholesterol and lowers LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. It increases nitric oxide in the blood, improves blood circulation, and reduces insulin resistance.

7 Health Benefits of Curcumin:
Arrests prostate, pancreatic, and colon cancer.
Promotes nerve regeneration and slows neurodegeneration.
Stimulates wound healing by increasing stem cell activity.
Valued for its anti-aging benefits.
Lowers high cholesterol.
Improves diabetes.
Reduces liver toxicity.
Because it is fat soluble, turmeric absorbs into the blood stream best when mixed with oils or fats, or with a meal that contains cooking oil. Traditional Indian food and many dishes from South China and Malaysia combine turmeric in curry dishes. Since a turmeric shot is a water-based drink, its absorption from digestion is weak. However, turmeric is healthy for the intestinal tract when not absorbed. That’s likely the advantage of turmeric shots.

Turmeric works synergistically with ginger root. In fact, they belong to the same plant family Zingiberaceae. Adding fresh ginger to a turmeric shot balances and energizes the mixture, and enhances the flavor.

Fresh turmeric rhizomes are pencil thin and about two inches long. Since less than 3% of fresh turmeric contains curcumin, the active compound, you have to use several rhizomes per shot. To make a turmeric power shot, add curcumin powder.

How to Make a Turmeric Power Shot:
Combine fresh peeled turmeric and ginger rhizomes in a blender with pure water or coconut juice. Use a NutriBullet or other high-speed blender, blend for a few minutes.
To boost effectiveness, add 500-1000 mg of 95% curcumin extract powder.
Add fresh lemon, raw honey, or sea salt, to balance the flavor.
If you like it hot, sprinkle a dash of black pepper or cayenne powder on top!
To increase the bioavailability of raw turmeric, try blending your power shot with a dash of fresh ground black pepper and a teaspoon of coconut butter.

Bottom Line On Raw Turmeric

One of nature’s most valuable herbs for human health, turmeric is considered safe to take daily. But, very high concentrations of curcumin extract may damage DNA and suppress immunity. Turmeric shots are well-tolerated in the digestive tract, producing a warm, comfortable feeling in the belly, and rarely causes a queasy stomach.

Turmeric is a tasty spice, and curcumin extract is a valuable nutraceutical supplement. Combined with small dietary changes done consistently over time, adding a daily super food like a raw turmeric shot can make a major difference in your health.
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Company Review: Living Tree Community Foods – Alive, Sundried, Wildcrafted, Organic and Kosher

Living Tree Community Foods

Here is some history about the company and the owner, taken from their website:

In 1979, Jesse Schwartz, a former college teacher and John Kozack a teacher and administrator with the BioDynamic Farming and Gardening Association of Southern California founded Living Tree Community in Marin County, California. We propagated historic and heirloom fruit trees, including over 80 varieties of old time apple varieties. Through the miracle of grafting we made “photocopies” and propagated them in quantity. We gathered many of these varieties on fruit exploring expeditions in Mendocino County, the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Sierra foothills. We were often guided by old timers who had grown up in the orchards and knew every tree. We brought back from near extinction several early California varieties including Hauer Pippin, Skinner’s Seedling and Pink Pearl, a pink fleshed variety.

We also introduced the Warren pear to California agriculture. It was discovered by T.O. Warren, a distinguished member of the North American Fruit Explorers. He found it in a rural area of Louisiana. He at once noticed something unusual despite the heat and humidity, it was free of fireblight. Its refreshingly sweet taste and fine texture were also exceptional. Family farmer Al Courchesne of Frog Hollow Farms in Brentwood commissioned us to transform an orchard of nondescript pears to Warren Pear. We did so over three years by a sophisticated grafting technique called frameworking, joining scions of Warren Pear onto the primary and secondary branches. By leaving the trees intact, we brought them back into full production in less than half the time it would have taken to plant an orchard anew.

Warren Pears
In regard to bringing back heirloom varieties, Thomas Jefferson wisely said, “The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.”

In addition to growing trees, we began manufacturing almond butter, which we offered in our tree catalog.

After a decade of propagating trees, we closed the Nursery. Jesse Schwartz founded Living Tree Community Foods, Inc. in Berkeley and we have since devoted ourselves to manufacturing and distributing organic food. Wherever possible, we buy our ingredients from family farmers. In particular, our pistachios, calymirna figs, mission figs, dried peaches, apricots, nectarines, medjool dates and halawi dates are grown by family farmers here in California. We feel privileged to support them.

Read more here: http://www.livingtreecommunity.com/store2/aboutus.asp

My Review

I’ve known the owner, Jesse Schwartz for a while and have seen the company grow from producing and selling a few nut butters to now selling seed butters, alive oils, alive chocolate, pestos, coconut products, dried fruit and vegetables, grains, seeds, etc. Their products are of the highest quality and the company has integrity and are concerned about the environment. They support family farmers and source the best ingredients.

Organic Alive Almond Butter

Info from their site: http://www.livingtreecommunity.com/store2/product.asp?id=11&catid=40

I am a BIG fan of almond butter! I love the creamy texture and the fact that they make it in small batches and slice not grind the almonds gives it such a smooth yummy taste. I guess I would have to see it, to believe it! Perhaps, I will have to one day go to Berkeley, CA to do a video of the process, as it would be interesting to see and share. I do not know of any other company doing it this way. The product is certified organic, kosher and made from California almonds. They are high in calcium and iron. I eat it straight out of the jar because it is so good and I can! I also love to use as a dip and “dunk” my carrots in the jar. I like the balance of flavor between the two. I also put it on celery and pieces of cabbage for a wrap. You can also use it to make a sweet or savory sauce/dressing depending on the other ingredients you add to it and use on your salad, pasta (I make mine out of zucchini because I do not use any flour products), etc.

Organic and Alive Sesame Tahini

Info from their site: http://www.livingtreecommunity.com/store2/product.asp?id=10&catid=44

Tahini is a versatile seed butter and can be used to prepare many different things. From sauces, dressings, dips, mayos, spreads, added to desserts, to make halvah, etc. It is high in calcium and iron, as it comes from sesame seeds. The seeds are sliced rather then ground, as I mentioned above regarding the almond butter. The product is certified organic and kosher. It also has a wonderfully creamy texture. Sometimes I simply add a bit of water to it and make a dressing with lemon, lime or orange juice and pour it on my salad – yum!

Organic Raw Black Sesame Tahini

Info from their site: http://www.livingtreecommunity.com/store2/product.asp?id=53&catid=44

I do not know of any other company who is making this seed butter. It is an exclusive creation. It has a variety of medicinal benefits including: to nourish blood deficiencies, lubricate the intestines and help move the bowels. It is also high in calcium. The texture is different as it is drier and not “pourable” like the other tahini I mentioned above. The product is certified organic and kosher. Again, you can use it to make many different dished, as mentioned above. It actually looks like caviar. Black sesame seeds are utilized in Traditional Chinese Medicine to nourish and fortify the liver and kidneys.

You can also check out my youtube review of these products, as I taste them “live.”
Living Tree Community Foods: Alive, Sundried, Wildcrafted, Organic and Kosher
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52yGVhs40Iw

To read more about this company and their extensive product line, go to: http://www.livingtreecommunity.com

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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