Tuesday, October 30, 2012

TumericALIVE - Elixirs

Most people discover turmeric in Indian food. What many people don't realize is just how good this root is for them. While turmeric is a root, most people buy it and use it as a spice as you can most readily find it in the spice section at the grocery store. This yellow spice has been known for its healing properties for thousands of years in the East. It is said to be used for detoxifying the liver, clearing the skin, purifying blood, relieving pain, improving memory, and supporting lightness in the body.

I've been trying to find ways to incorporate more turmeric into my diet and TumericALIVE's elixirs may be just the way I do so. This new company is using turmeric as the base for their elixirs so now you can drink your turmeric too. I found them at the Natural Products Expo East where I picked up a few of their vegan elixirs.

The first one I tried is simply called "Vegan Elixir." This one has combined the nice taste of turmeric with the sweetness of ginger and spearmint and finishes with a hint of cardamom. Inside the bottle, you'll find ultra-purified water, agave, lemon juice, turmeric, ginger, celtic sea salt and other spices such as cardamom, spearmint, cayenne, and cinnamon. The 12-ounce drink has 27 calories, 6 grams of sugar, and 80 mg of sodium.

The second one I tried is the "Vegan Coconut Nectar." This one had a similar taste with added coconut. I really liked this one too. It included coconut nectar, coconut oil, and black pepper as well as most of the same ingredients as the Vegan Elixir.  TurmericALIVE states that the addition of coconut oil and black pepper helps facilitate the movement of the turmeric root’s potent, phytochemical curcumin across the body’s cell walls, enhancing its bioavailability. The coconut nectar is a natural low glycemic sweetener, that delivers vitamins, minerals and aminos. Plus, because tumeric elixir is not a juice, but a unique herbal formula, the full nutrient value of each whole ingredient is preserved.

They also claim that the elixirs kickstart metabolism, ignite flexibility, alkalize muscle tissues, and keep your systems burning clean and strong throughout your active day. Well, I can't attest to all of that, but I do think these drinks are very healthy. They recommend you drink one first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and another two hours after lunch. At up to $7 per bottle, that can get pretty pricey, but then again, I can't think of a better way to spend your money than on good, healing food.

Right now, TumericALIVE's elixirs are sold mostly in NY and northern California, but also in random stores across the U.S. Click here to find stores near you. Also, you may have noticed that they are spelling turmeric incorrectly in their name "TumericALIVE." When I asked about that, they mentioned the founder found "turmeric" difficult to say and didn't feel it rolled off the tongue as well as "tumeric" so he chose to take the "r" out of their brandname.  Huh.


  1. I purchased these juices after reading how great they are for you, however, I hate the taste. Any suggestions on maybe mixing it with something so I still get the nutrients Tumeric has to offer without having to taste it?

  2. The taste of turmeric is an acquired taste, but I thought they did a nice job mixing it with other ingredients to temper the taste. You could try mixing it with a fruit juice -- that should sweeten it up.