It’s glum, grey and bleak. Hello January, our familiar but not so missed friend. It’s the second week in, and most of us are now already craving the arrival of Spring. Lighter evenings are much needed not to mention we’re looking for anything, in form of healthy food and drink, that might brighten up our day.
Meet Wunder Workshop, our golden gods. We LOVE their range of fascinating healing turmeric products. Ever wanted to feel like a golden god? Well, now is the time. Founder Zoe, explains to us Wunder Workshop’s deep roots in Sri Lankan culture and why turmeric is extremely valuable in terms of our health.
We feel that Wunder Workshop has a story to tell, and I find that really inviting – we want to know more! We love that Wunder Workshop has its founding roots inspired by Sri Lankan ‘Ayurveda’ culture. That alone brings a mythical and deeply historical element to the table. Would you say this narrative is what sets WW apart from other health drinks?
Focusing on Ayurveda and basing our recipes on this ancient wisdom was very important to us. There are so many “superfoods” out there with incredible health benefits, but I personally didn’t have a connection with them. Ayurvedic medicine was part of my upbringing, during my travels to Sri Lanka with my late mother, so deciding to focus on Turmeric which is deeply rooted in this 4000 year old medical system came through both its potent health benefits and my own emotional ties to its source.
Let’s talk about WW’s centre stage ingredient Turmeric. What is Turmeric all about and what properties does it possess?
Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic remedies for centuries, but recent studies have shown that turmeric really does have the benefits that it has been used for. Turmeric is high in curcuminoids, in particular curcumin, which have been shown to have many medicinal properties. I have summarised 5 of the most documented benefits below:
1) Anti-inflammatory – chronic inflammation is recognised as one of the key causes to many diseases. Whilst acute inflammation, caused by foreign, damaged or dead cells is extremely useful as part of our immune system; chronic inflammation drains the body’s resources and can lead to illness. Curcumin has been shown to inhibit molecules across our body’s incredibly complex inflammatory pathway and can therefore limit the damage it can cause.
2) Arthritis – maybe one of the most common diseases attributed to chronic inflammation, arthritis can be debilitating and excruciating. Arthritis has been shown to respond positively to treatment with curcumin, some studies have even reported it to be as effective as conventional medicines, but without the side effects that conventional medicines cause.
3) Cancer – curcumin has been shown to act against the growth of cancerous cells in a number of different ways. At the molecular level, it has the ability to prevent the spread of tumour cells, inhibit their growth by preventing the development of blood vessels and even to induce cancer cell death. Perhaps more interestingly, curcumin may prevent the development of cancer in the digestive system.
4) Antioxidant – curcumin is a potent antioxidant that binds to free radicals, preventing oxidative stress which is linked to aging. As well as being an antioxidant itself, it actually stimulates other anti-oxidant enzymes in the body, improving our natural response to free radicals.
5) Antidepressant – curcumin has been shown to be as effective as Prozac in treating depression and has been shown to release the feel good neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. Therefore, turmeric can brighten up your day in more ways than just its dazzling colour.
N.B. Turmeric is rapidly digested in the body and not readily absorbed in to the blood stream, so make sure that if you are going to use turmeric add black pepper and a healthy fat which are able to increase its bioavailability by as much 2000 times!
Supporting farmers and local community’s is very much apart of WW’s ethos. Can you tell us why this is important to you?
A quote by Anna Lappé really hit home when I first heard it: “Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” In both my personal and business choices I try and know exactly where everything comes from, especially with clothing or food. We live in such a materialistic world, and I find it scary that we continue buying things but not care enough about who actually made it. So it was very important to me to only use ingredients when I know the source and also that it benefits the local community. We try and directly import as many of our ingredients ourselves, which is challenging but we love knowing that there aren’t half a dozen of middle men involved. We are planning to re-visit the organic turmeric farm in Sri Lanka we source from again this year to learn more about its farmers and community.
Fancy a try of the Wunder Collection? This contains their best selling Instantly Golden Turmeric Latte blend, 100% organic single origin Golden Turmeric Powder, and a restorative Golden Turmeric Tea with everything 100% certified organic.
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