Turmeric is a gorgeous yellow-burnt orange herb which gives our Jamu its sunshine yellow colour.
Turmeric is a natural wonder in the healing world and has been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, and anti-depressant since ancient times. The main component in turmeric, curcumin, has phenomenal anti-cancer properties and has been known to help to inhibit prostate, skin, colon, mouth, esophageal, lung, stomach, pancreatic, liver, and breast cancer. Turmeric is also a known blood purifier and helps to soothe respiratory ailments, improve liver function, support the circulatory system, regulate menstrual cycles, prevent cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s, and heal gastrointestinal disorders. Turmeric significantly decreases inflammation that is attributed to arthritis and other auto-immune disorders such as lupus, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Turmeric also helps the body to digest proteins and fats as well as to regulate blood sugar for diabetics. It’s antioxidant properties have beneficial anti-aging effects and its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial properties aids in healing skin wounds and abrasions as well as inflammatory skin irritations such as psoriasis and eczema. Supplementing with turmeric or adding it to your diet will provide benefit for your whole body and is one of the best things you can do for prevention, repair, and longevity
Tamarind is an important addition to most Jamu recipes as it adds the pleasant sweet & sour taste to balance out the mild bitterness of the other ingredients. Tamarind is a rich source of vitamins, fiber, potassium, magnesium and other nutrients necessary for good health.
Tamarind is a good source of antioxidants that fight against cancer. Tamarind contains carotenes, vitamin C, flavonoids and the B-vitamins, protects against vitamin C deficiency, reduces fevers and provides protection against colds, helps the body digest food, is a mild laxative, lowers cholesterol and promotes a healthy heart.
Ginger has a powerful effect on removing cramping gastrointestinal pain and reduces inflammation in many painful conditions, including arthritic complaints. Due to its antioxidant compounds, Ginger has also shown promise for its role as an anticancer agent, and when used alongside Turmeric, then the 2 herbs have a synergistic effect.
Black pepper aids absorption of curcumin in turmeric. One study found that when even 2g of curcumin was ingested, its serum levels were very low. However, when 20mg piperine was added to curcumin the bioavailability increased by 2000%.
Lemons and Limes are one of the most alkaline foods, helping to restore the body’s pH balance and may neutralize free radicals. This tangy fruit is a source of vitamin C, which supports immunity balance. Pectin, also found in lemons could balance circulation, metabolism and digestion.
Cinnamon is a versatile spice that comes from the inner layer of bark derived from dozens of varieties of evergreen trees. Once the bark of the tree is pealed and dried, it quills up into what is most commonly known as a cinnamon stick. Cinnamon has a unique quality of tasting sweet without any sugar. It has positive effects on blood sugar levels, digestion and immunity
Lemongrass has also been shown in studies to potently suppress breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer and leukaemia, and also to powerfully boost liver detox enzymes and protect the liver from damage leading to cancer. But the health benefits of this super-herb don’t stop there. Other studies have also shown this Asian wonder-herb to be a potent anti-inflammatory, to lower blood sugar and cholesterol, and to boost immune function by up to 90% as well as lower cholesterol in some people—which may make it helpful against diabetes and heart disease. Why is lemongrass so powerful? It contains unique cancer-fighting polysaccharides and such potent antioxidants that a water-based extract was shown to have 30 times the antioxidant power of pure vitamin C!