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Collagen: America’s Next Superfood?

Nutrition is a science; but it’s a dynamic science. Things are constantly changing as experts learn about new foods, or about how old foods affect the body in ways that we may not have previously known about. As a result of this constantly changing nature of nutrition, it may seem like the spotlight is always pointed on a new “superfood”, and really, it is; but that’s a good thing. It gives us the power to choose foods that support our body and our health and that’s the most important thing you can do. Recently, the spotlight has been on collagen and we’ve been getting a lot of questions on it: What is it? What are the health benefits? How can I incorporate it into my diet?

Like always, we’ve got your back. This week, we’ve broken down the science for you to let you know exactly what collagen is and how it can help you. Next week, we’ll share our favorite way for you to incorporate this “superfood” into your diet.

collagen

What is Collagen?

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, accounting for almost one-third of your body’s protein. It’s one of the major components in your skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, GI tract, and bones. Collagen is also part of your teeth, blood vessels, and eyes. The simple way to think of collagen is as the glue that holds everything together. It gives everything structure.

As you age, your body starts to produce less (and lower quality) collagen. This is the reason that you can see the skin start to age. In addition to advancing age, collagen can also be damaged by excessive sun exposure, smoking, and a diet that’s high in sugar and refined carbohydrates (like white bread and pasta).

Benefits of Collagen

It’s true that your body makes collagen, but because of the wide range of benefits, you can (and should) also get the protein from your diet and from supplements, if necessary.

Consumption of collagen can:

  • Improve skin elasticity
  • Reduce joint pain and degeneration
  • Improve gut health
  • Boost metabolism
  • Increase muscle mass
  • Strengthen hair, nails, and teeth
  • Protect heart health
  • Improve liver function

Sources of Collagen

Collagen comes from four major places: beef, chicken, fish, and eggs. The catch is that most of the collagen found in beef, chicken, and fish is found in their bones, so you have to get creative to figure out how to extract it and get it into your body. Our favorite way to do this is to make a bone broth that we can sip on at any time of the day.

Collagen is also available in supplement form. It’s usually a powder that you can mix into any liquid. Because of the way it’s processed, most collagen supplements are odorless and tasteless and can easily mix into even cold water.

Product of the Month: Integrative Therapeutics 7-Keto Lean

April is here and we’re not fooling: we have a brand new product to highlight with our regular monthly special, which includes:

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins
Meal Plans
FDA Approved Medications
MetaBlast Supplements
Crave-Away Supplements
Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale

And for April: INTEGRATIVE THERAPEUTICS 7-KETO LEAN!

7-Keto Lean

With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed above for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200) – and we’ll throw in the 7-Keto Lean for FREE!

About 7-Keto Lean

Integrative Therapeutics 7-Keto Lean is an all-natural weight loss supplement that helps boost weight loss mainly by acting on your thyroid gland, which controls your metabolism (among other things)

7-Keto Lean acts on your metabolism by activating certain enzymes called thermogenic enzymes, which help burn fat, increase metabolic rate, boost energy levels, and support your thyroid health – all of which promotes weight loss*.

The Main Ingredient

The main ingredient in 7-Keto Lean, 7-Keto (its namesake), is a form of DHEA, or Dehydroepiandrosterone, a hormone that’s found naturally in the body. DHEA is made by your adrenal glands – the glands that sit right by each kidney – and your brain. As you age, your natural production of DHEA goes down, which can throw off your hormonal balance. Taking DHEA in supplemental form helps restore this balance and can boost weight loss*.

Other Ingredients

DHEA is not the only beneficial ingredient in 7-Keto Lean, though. It also includes L-tyrosine, asparagus extract, choline, inositol, copper, manganese, and iodine, which all have their own, important roles.

Required for the synthesis of thyroid hormones, which are important in regulating cellular metabolic rate.

7-keto DHEA Acetate A safe and improved form of DHEA that’s shown to enhance weight loss and reduce body fat by supporting healthy thyroid function and fat metabolism.  Also helps increases thermogenic enzyme activity
L-Tyrosine An essential nutrient required for thyroid hormone formation.
Asparagus Extract A potent metabolic detoxifier that supports healthy fluid balance.
Choline A nutrient involved in many important metabolic functions, including fat transport and metabolism.
Inositol Another nutrient which promotes the transport and metabolism of fat.
Copper An essential trace mineral and cofactor of enzymes involved in carbohydrate and fat metabolism.
Manganese An essential mineral required for healthy thyroid hormone metabolism.
Iodine Another essential nutrient found in high concentrations in the thyroid gland.

It DOES NOT Contain any:

  • Artificial coloring
  • Artificial flavoring
  • Dairy
  • Gluten
  • Preservatives
  • Salt
  • Soy
  • Sugar
  • Wheat
  • Yeast

Unlike many other metabolism-boosting supplements on the market, 7-Keto Lean doesn’t raise your heart rate or blood pressure and it will NOT keep you awake at night!

If you’re interested in taking advantage of this special offer and signing up for our monthly special, drop in or call us at any one of our locations to find out more!

North Phoenix: 602-374-3374
Phoenix: 602-441-3305
Tempe: 480-968-5673

Magnesium: a Mineral that Could Change Your Life

When you hear the word “magnesium”, what comes to your mind? You may know that it’s a mineral and one that you’re supposed to be eating, but do you know how incredibly important this one nutrient is for good health? If you don’t, don’t feel bad. You’re not alone. A lot of people focus on carbohydrates, protein, fat, and calories for good health, but there are lots of other vital players, like magnesium, in the game.

magnesium rich walnuts

What Does Magnesium Do?

Every single organ in your body, but especially your heart, lungs, and muscles, relies on magnesium to work properly. The mineral is involved in other 300 different biochemical reactions that range from converting the food you eat into energy to creating new proteins to making your nervous system work. Magnesium does so much for you and yet, according to research, more than half (68% to be exact) of Americans don’t get the recommended minimum daily requirement. To add insult to injury, around 19% of Americans don’t even consume half the recommended amount. So why is this such a problem?

Risks of Deficiency

As we mentioned earlier, having enough magnesium in your body is essential for allowing your organs to function properly. According to research, adults who don’t get enough are more likely to have heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure. Low levels of magnesium have also been linked to type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, migraines, asthma, and colon cancer.

Signs of a deficiency can be widespread and non-specific, but the most common include:

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation/irritability
  • Low blood pressure
  • Confusion
  • Insomnia/sleep disorders
  • Hyperventilation
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Muscle weakness
  • Abnormal heart rhythms

I know this all seems like bad news, but here’s the good part: you can get all the magnesium you need by including magnesium-rich foods in your diet every day. The other good news: one of the magnesium-rich foods is dark chocolate.

Magnesium-Rich Foods

The best way to get enough magnesium in your diet is to make sure that you’re eating a variety of different magnesium-rich foods every day. By varying your food choices, you’re not only making sure your magnesium needs are met, you’re also making sure that you’re getting enough of all the another important vitamins and minerals that you need. The current recommendation is 310-320 milligrams for adult females and 400-420 milligrams for adult males per day.

The following foods are especially rich in magnesium:

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Spinach, boiled
  • Swiss chard
  • Dark chocolate (70–85% cocoa)
  • Black beans
  • Quinoa
  • Halibut
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Mackerel
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Avocado
  • Salmon

Magnesium Supplementation

Although it’s always best to try to get all the nutrients you need from food, that can be difficult in today’s world. Fortunately, there are many supplements available over the counter. Magnesium supplements come in several different forms, but the forms your body can absorb most effectively are citrate, gluconate, and lactate. Magnesium supplements are generally safe, but always make sure to discuss any new supplements with your doctor before taking them.

Product of the Month! Pure Encapsulations Liver GI Detox

Are you thinking the same thing we are? Holy moly it’s almost summer! Now before you start to panic, trust us when we say there’s still time to get in shape before we say goodbye to winter and hello to warmer months (and less clothing). And of course, we’re here to help.

As always, our monthly special includes:

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins
Meal Plans
FDA Approved Medications
MetaBlast Supplements
Craveaway Supplements
Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale

And for the special product for March: PURE ENCAPSULATIONS LIVER GI DETOX!

Liver GI

With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed above for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200) – and we’ll throw in the Liver GI Detox for FREE!

How Liver GI Detox Can Help Get You Summer Ready

Your liver is one of your body’s major detoxification pathways. It cleans and filters your blood, breaking down substances like ammonia, alcohol, chemicals, medications, and other waste products, so that your body can kick them to the curb.

Your gastrointestinal (or GI) tract is another major detox pathway. It allows you to absorb the good stuff (like proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals) and then prepares the waste products for excretion (we won’t go into further detail here, but you can probably guess what we’re talking about).

When either of these detoxification pathways isn’t working properly, toxic waste can build up in your body. Over time, this toxic buildup can make it harder for you to lose weight. The Pure Encapsulations Liver-GI Detox helps make sure both the liver and GI pathways are working well so that your body is properly removing toxins as it should.

The supplement contains N–acetyl–l–cysteine and alpha lipoic acid — two antioxidants that help bind heavy metals and boost the production of glutathione (another antioxidant that helps prevent free radical damage). The supplement also contains:

  • Sulforaphane — a compound that comes from broccoli sprouts and helps maintain healthy colon function.
  • Glycine, taurine, and methionine — amino acids that help neutralize toxins.
  • L–Glutamine — an amino acid that helps you absorb nutrients and keeps your intestinal tract healthy.
  • Artichoke extract — promotes healthy flow of bile, supports liver cells and blood flow in the liver, and helps move things along the digestive tract for elimination.
  • Chlorella — a green “superfood” that helps clean and purify the blood.

If you’re interested in taking advantage of this special offer and signing up for our monthly special, drop in or call us at either one of our locations to find out more!

North Phoenix: 602-374-3374
Phoenix: 602-441-3305
Tempe: 480-968-5673

Product of the Month! DaVinci Mango-Plex with Raspberry Ketones

Love is in the air this February and what better way to celebrate than by showing yourself the love you deserve? Whether you’re just starting with your weight loss goals this month or continuing on with your New Year’s resolutions, our monthly special can help. This February, we’re offering one of our best selling supplements – Mango-Plex with Raspberry Ketone – as our FREE product of the month as part of our monthly special.

With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed below for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200)!

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins Meal Plans FDA Approved Medications Meta-Blast Supplements Crave-away Supplements Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12 Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale

Plus, Mango-Plex with Raspberry Ketone ABSOLUTELY FREE!

mangoplex

There is a reason Mango-Plex with Raspberry Ketone is one of the top selling supplements here at Valley Medical. It contains several beneficial ingredients, including African mango seed, green tea, green coffee bean; but the star of the show is the raspberry ketones. Raspberry ketones get a lot of attention for their ability to boost metabolism and support weight loss*, but many people are not entirely sure what they are or how they work. We’re here to clarify.

What Are They?

Raspberry ketones are natural substances that give raspberries their smell. Cranberries, kiwis, and blueberries also contain small amounts of raspberry ketones, but the concentration is highest in raspberries. Some processed foods use raspberry ketones in small amounts as a natural flavor; but weight loss supplements like Mango-Plex contain higher doses.

How Do They Work?

Researchers became interested in raspberry ketones as a weight loss supplement when they noticed that the molecular structure was similar to that of two other substances already known to boost metabolism: capsaicin and synephrine. Because of the similar structures, researchers concluded that raspberry ketones would work in the same way. Then they set out to test that theory.

The Science

Researchers’ suspicions were backed up when a 2010 animal study reported that raspberry ketones can help increase the breakdown of fat and stimulate the release of adiponectin, a hormone that helps boost metabolism and regulate blood sugar levels. In most cases, thinner people have higher adiponectin levels than people who are overweight. On the other hand, low levels of adiponectin are associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Summary of Benefits
  • Aids in weight loss by increasing metabolism*
  • Lowers cholesterol levels due to the high fiber content helping to remove bad cholesterol*
  • Improves diabetes control by enhancing metabolic pathways linked to insulin resistance*
  • Regulates blood pressure by affecting the blood vessels*
  • Can have anti-cancer potential*
  • May have antibacterial properties*

If you want to see what Mango-Plex can do for you, take advantage of our February monthly special by visiting any of our locations. No appointment necessary!

DISCLAIMER * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Ashwagandha: Nature’s Stress Reliever

Last week, we discussed adaptogens and how they help your body respond to stress. We got a lot of questions about ashwagandha, a specific type of adaptogen that’s been getting a lot of press recently; so we wanted to dive in a little deeper and give you more information about this important herb.

ashwagandha

What is Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha is a traditional herb that has been used in Ayurvedic, Indian, and African medicine for centuries. In Sanskrit, the name ashwagandha translates to “the smell of a horse”. Many do say that the herb smells “horse-like”, but don’t let that scare you away. Some refer to Ashwagandha as Indian ginseng, but it doesn’t really belong to the ginseng family; it’s part of the tomato family. The herb is native to Africa, India, and the Middle East, but farmers now also grow it in United States.

Benefits of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha’s major claim to fame is its ability to help the body cope with stress, but the benefits reach much further than that. Ashwagandha may also:

  • Boost the immune system*
  • Improve learning and memory*
  • Reduce anxiety and depression*
  • Stabilize blood sugar*
  • Lower cholesterol*
  • Improve energy and decrease fatigue*
  • Improve concentration*
  • Decrease pain, swelling, and inflammation*
How to Include Ashwagandha in Your Diet

The most common way to consume ashwagandha is in capsule form, but it’s also often available as part of multi-vitamin nutritional supplements or protein powders or as a tea. Typically, the recommended dose is 600 to 1,000 milligrams twice per day. The adaptogenic herb is readily available at most health food and supplement stores.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to prevent, cure, treat, or diagnose any medical condition.

Product of the Month! Skip-a-Meal Replacement Beverage

The Skip-a-Meal Replacement Beverage from Progressive Laboratories is without a doubt one of our most popular supplements. It tastes great, it works, and it’s easy to incorporate into a busy lifestyle. We know that January is the perfect time to make a fresh start, so we’re offering Skip-a-Meal as part of our January monthly special.

Monthly Special Details

With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed below for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200)!

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins
Meal Plans
FDA Approved Medications
Meta-Blast Supplements
Crave-away Supplements
Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale

Plus, the product of the month ABSOLUTELY FREE!

skip-a-meal replacement beverage

All about Skip-a-Meal

The Skip-a-Meal Replacement Shake is a whey protein meal replacement shake that serves as a high-protein, low calorie replacement for a higher calorie meal. You can replace one meal with a shake each day, or all three meals. It’s totally up to you.

The shake contains several vitamins and minerals, so it serves as a balanced nutrition source, just like a healthy meal would. One serving of the Skip-a-Meal replacement shakes provides only 192 calories and at least 30% (in some cases, it provides 35%) of each of these vitamins and minerals: vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, vitamin D, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, vitamin B-12, biotin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, iodine, magnesium, zinc, and copper. So if you’re drinking the meal replacement three times a day, you don’t have to worry about getting the nutrients you need.

A single serving of the shake also provides 24 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber but only 2 grams of sugar and 5 grams of fat. The even better news? One tub contains 15 servings and you get it FREE when you sign up for our monthly special. Choose from vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry.

If you have any questions about Skip-a-Meal or you want to take advantage of our monthly special, contact us TODAY!

DISCLAIMER * These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Vitamin D: Your Defense Against Winter Weight Gain

vitamin d rich egg yolks

If there’s one thing you need to pay attention to this winter, it’s vitamin D. The vitamin has a wide range of benefits from improving your bone health to decreasing your risk of heart disease to warding off depression to boosting your immune system. The benefits don’t stop there, though. Studies show that people who are deficient in vitamin D are more likely to be overweight or obese and supplementing with the vitamin may help increase weight loss.

A study done by Italian researchers showed that dieters who took vitamin D supplements in addition to following a low-calorie meal plan lost more weight than dieters who restricted calories, but didn’t supplement with vitamin D.

What Makes Vitamin D Unique

Vitamin D is unique in several ways. First, although it is a vitamin, vitamin D acts similar to a steroid hormone in your body. Because of this, it not only plays important roles in keeping your bones and teeth healthy, it also helps to regulate your metabolism. Vitamin D is also unique because your body can make it with help from the sun. When you’re exposed to sunlight, your body converts the sun’s rays to an active form of the vitamin that your body can use. This is both good and bad.

The good news is that because your body can make it with exposure to the sun, you typically get enough vitamin D in the sunny, summer months. The bad news is that vitamin D is not present in a lot of foods, so in the winter months, it can be hard to meet your needs for vitamin D on those cold, darker days. A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine reported that right now, approximately 77 percent of Americans are at least mildly vitamin D deficient.

So what can you do?

The best thing to do is eat a lot of vitamin D rich foods on a regular basis. Vitamin D is naturally found in fatty fish like tuna, mackerel, and salmon, cheese, egg yolks, and beef liver. Some foods, like cereal, orange juice, and dairy products, are also fortified with the vitamin. Although these foods provide the vitamin, it’s often still difficult to get the recommended amount – which is currently 600-800 IU per day, although the Vitamin D Council recommends 5,000 IU per day. That’s why we also recommend taking a high quality vitamin D supplement, like D-mulsion, especially in the winter months. 

vitamin d supplement

What is D-Mulsion?

D-mulsion is an emulsified form of Vitamin D that the body absorbs much better than other supplemental forms. Because vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, it’s absorbed better in the body when there is fat present. The Genestra brand D-Mulsion also contains extra virgin olive oil to increase absorption even more.

What are the Benefits of D-Mulsion?

D-Mulsion has many known benefits, especially:

  • Enhancing musculoskeletal health*
  • Improving immune function*
  • Aiding in cardiovascular health*
  • Increasing weight loss*
  • Decreasing the possibilities of cancer*
  • Maintaining bone health*
  • Reducing the risk of multiple sclerosis*
  • Amplifying brain development later in life*
  • Reducing severity and frequency of asthma symptoms*
  • Lowing the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women*
  • Protecting against radiation damage*
  • Recovering from tuberculosis more rapidly*

Who Can Benefit from D-Mulsion?

Almost anyone can benefit from the use of D-mulsion, but especially individuals who:

  • Do not receive 3-5 hours of sunlight per week
  • Have autoimmune diseases
  • Possess a family history of cancer
  • Come in contact with radiation frequently
  • Are pregnant or nursing

How Should I Take D-mulsion?

Take D-mulsion exactly as recommended by your doctor.  Most individuals take one drop two times daily directly on the tongue or under the tongue.

What are the Possible Side Effects of D-mulsion?

D-mulsion is classified as extremely safe when taken orally as recommended by your health practitioner.  Some side effects of taking too much vitamin D include weakness, fatigue, sleepiness, headache, loss of appetite, dry mouth, metallic taste, nausea, and vomiting.

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or prevent any disease.

Product of the Month! Metasol ™ Low-Molecular-Weight Lychee Polyphenol (Oligonol®)

There’s a popular expression that says “summer bodies are made in the winter”. In simple terms, this means that if you want a rockin’ bikini bod come June, you need to start preparing for that body NOW. Instead of turning to comfort foods during the cooler weather, it’s time to kick it into full gear. We’re here to help you do that by offering metabolism-boosting Metasol as part of our monthly special, which also includes:

Physician Consult & Weekly Weigh-ins

Meal Plans
FDA Approved Medications
MetaBlast Supplements
Craveaway Supplements
Weekly Upgraded Injection of B-12
Bi-Weekly Injection of Lipo X
Full Body Analysis on our BODYCOMP Scale

And in December, you’ll also receive our product of the month – Metasol™ Low-Molecular-Weight Lychee Polyphenol (Oligonol®) – FOR FREE!

metasol

With this special you receive 4 WEEKS of everything listed above for only $295 (that’s a savings of over $200) – and we’ll throw in the Metasol™ for FREE!

Metasol™ is a low molecular weight polyphenol that helps boost your metabolism. The low molecular weight makes the polyphenols in Metasol™ easier to absorb. In fact, Metasol™ has been shown to be five times more bio-available than other polyphenol supplements.

A published, randomized, double-blind human clinical trial lasting 10 weeks found that compared to placebo, taking 200mg of Oligonol daily:

  • Reduced visceral fat volume by 15%*
  • Shrank waist circumference by 3 centimeters*
  • Caused a significant reduction in body weight*
  • Increased sensitivity to insulin*

The main ingredient in Metasol™ is an Oligonol Proprietary Blend which is derived from lychee fruit extract and green tea extract.

Learn more about Metasol™ here.

If you’re interested in taking advantage of this special offer and signing up for our monthly special, drop in or call us at any of our locations to find out more!

  • North Phoenix: 602-374-3374
  • Phoenix: 602-441-3305
  • Tempe: 480-968-5673

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are not meant to diagnose‚ treat or cure any disease or medical condition.

Make Time for Turmeric: A Super Spice with Enormous Health Benefits

Turmeric is nothing new. In fact, the ancient spice dates back nearly 4,000 years to the Vedic culture in India. Indians have been using turmeric from everything to flavoring food to relieving gas to improving energy for thousands of years, but it’s not until recently that modern medicine has caught on. It’s clear that researchers are becoming aware of the health benefits that turmeric provides based just on the number of scientific studies available on its effects. If you do a Google search for the health benefits of turmeric, you’ll be hit with hundreds of different articles and studies telling you why turmeric should be a regular part of your diet. As you know, we’re big fans of making your life a little easier, so we’ve compiled a summarized list of those health benefits.

turmeric

Benefits of Turmeric

  • The main ingredient in turmeric, called curcumin, has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is an extremely strong antioxidant. Combining turmeric with black pepper, which contains a compound called piperine, enhances the absorption of the curcumin by 2000%.
  • Curcumin has been shown to increase levels of a hormone called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor in the brain. Because of this, it may help delay or even reverse brain-related diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and depression.
  • The curcumin in turmeric may help improve the health of the lining of the blood vessels, called the endothelium, which can reduce the risk of heart disease. Some studies show that regular consumption of curcumin may be as good for the heart as regular exercise.
  • Several studies have shown that curcumin may help reduce the growth of cancer cells and the growth of new blood vessels in cancerous tumors.
  • Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, curcumin has been shown to greatly improve symptoms in those with arthritis. Some studies comparing curcumin to anti-inflammatory drugs show that it’s just as, if not more, effective.
  • The curcumin in turmeric also aids in the proper metabolism of fat and may help with weight maintenance and/or loss.

How to Enjoy Turmeric

Now that you know the benefits of turmeric, the next step is to make it a regular part of your diet; but the task can seem daunting, especially if you’re not familiar with the spice. The good news is that there are several ways to consume the super spice that go beyond food.

  1. On Your Food.

Turmeric has a very distinct flavor, so this is a wonderful opportunity to try some new, authentic Indian-inspired recipes. You can also keep things simple by sprinkling turmeric on top of eggs or adding it to the water when boiling rice.

  1. In a Smoothie

One of our favorite ways to enjoy turmeric is in a morning smoothie. We add a turmeric mix that contains black pepper, along with our Skip-a-Meal, a handful of berries, a handful of spinach, and just enough coconut milk to allow it to blend.

  1. As a Supplement

If you’re not a fan of the taste of turmeric, you can take it in supplement form. There are many different options available – from capsules to tinctures. Just make sure the supplement you choose contains black pepper, or piperine, in addition to turmeric.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Nothing mentioned here is intended to cure, diagnose, treat, or heal any disease.