8th Day News
Turmeric Gold from Pukka Herbs
This April we’ve launched the new Pukka Herbs Turmeric Gold Tea, here’s what Pukka Herbs had to say about their new tea. “Golden turmeric – the queen of protective herbs whose nourishing yellow sustains life’s majestic glow. This is a tea to celebrate life – lemon fruit, aromatic cardamom and whole leaf green tea expertly blended with one of nature’s most powerful herbs. The elegance will leave you feeling renewed as each cup lets you don turmeric’s shield.
Pukka’s turmeric is grown in Karnataka and Maharashtra, two neighbouring states in the West of India. Many of our turmeric farmers also grow ginger, and in some regions they grow it as an intercrop with tulsi, sugar cane and kapikacchu (Mucuna pruriens, a medicinal legume that climbs up the sugarcane). In India alone, approximately 140,000 hectares of land are used for growing turmeric (that’s an area just smaller than the whole of Greater London).”
Turmeric is one of Pukka’s herbal superheroes. The potential benefits of this vibrant root for our own wellbeing are vast and there have been countless pieces of research which demonstrate this.
Turmeric is well known as a spice used in Indian cuisine. In fact, its traditional Indian uses span far beyond this: it's been used for centuries to help keep the skin pure, the blood clean and the life long. In traditional Indian herbal medicine (known as Ayurveda), turmeric has been used to help maintain healthy blood, skin, circulation and as a nourishment to feed the whole body. Could the key to the population of India having one of the lowest rates of chronic degenerative diseases in the world be due to their huge consumption of this incredible spice?
So why's turmeric so special?
Part of the reason is down to the characteristically strong yellow colour of this incredible root. These yellow pigments are collectively known as curcuminoids. The root is also brimming with essential oils knowns as tumerones. The curcuminoids and the turmerones work together within the body as powerful antioxidants helping to attack nasty free radicals which can damage and age our bodies. They also stimulate a healthy inflammation response whilst enhancing circulation, protecting the brain, rejuvenating the liver and targeting pain.
What can turmeric do for me?
The benefits of turmeric are so many. Here's a few to consider:
- Turmeric actively inhibits inflammatory pathways within the body, making turmeric a first choice for inflammations of the musculoskeletal system and the digestive system.
- Research has shown that turmeric impacts upon certain pain receptors within the body; it has been demonstrated as being particularly effective for chest and abdominal pain, frozen shoulder and menstrual cramping.
- Turmeric contains some very potent polyphenols, also known as antioxidants, which have the ability to protect cellular DNA and repair any existing damage from environmental carcinogens, for example.
- Turmeric has a significant action upon the heart and the circulation. It will improve the flow of blood to the heart and encourage anti-platelet activity, reducing the risk of plaque build up in the arteries.
- Turmeric also improves blood flow through the liver, improving the efficacy of liver detoxification pathways but also stimulating cellular repair mechanisms in damaged liver cells. This improvement in blood flow and quality impacts significantly upon the quality of the skin, and turmeric can therefore be an excellent remedy for any afflictions of the skin.
- In the digestive system, turmeric helps balance levels of bacteria, supporting a healthy digestive environment.
So, hopefully now you’re thinking ‘why wouldn’t I try turmeric?'
Natural and Organic Products Europe Show 2016
This weekend Ursula, Sam and Jen (the main buyers for 8th Day) went to the annual NOP show at Excell in London. This two day trade only show is the ultimate new health products showcase and networking event for healthfood stores and natural health industry brands.
The team arrived just before Sunday lunchtime after an early train journey from Manchester and immediately split up as each of the buyers manages a different department and it’s the only way you can cover such a large show. The show itself is split into different areas such as Beauty, Supplements, Organic Products, in addition there are country areas with lots of food stalls offering foodie delights from their respective countries as well as seminar areas for education and industry talks.
All of us buyers were looking for the latest new products that we think our customers will love as well as networking with brands and buyers from other stores. It’s a packed Sunday with meetings until the show finishes at 5pm and we then reconvened to compare notes and take a breather.
Monday morning, we’re back at the show at 9am to mop up all the areas we didn’t get chance to see the day before and second and even third opinions are sought on new products, then it’s a dash to Euston to catch the train home just after 2pm. The train home is then dominated by discussions about everything we’ve seen and the people we’ve met. For us, as buyers it’s a fantastic opportunity to meet up with the brands we sell and meet new people in our industry, as well as get exciting new products that we hope our customers will love.