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Ayurveda | The Benefits of Turmeric+
Posted June 1, 2021
Known as the oldest healing system in the world, Ayurvedic medicine has spent 5,000 years cultivating harmony within the body to bring about good health. The term “Ayurveda” stems from the Sanskrit words ayus, meaning “life,” and veda, meaning “knowledge.” Its healing philosophy revolves around the body’s three governing elements, or the tridoshas, which, when there is too much of one, throws the body out of balance and creates disease. The doshas are as follows: vata, which governs energy formation and conservation, tissue respiration, and related mechanisms; pitta, related to enzymes and neurological systems and neurological hormones; and kapha, related to water and electrolyte balance.
Ayurveda has achieved tremendous success in healing with plants for the potent life-giving forces contained within them. For their unique abilities to treat and fend off illness, a class of herbs known as “adaptogens” have come to be regarded as among the most highly celebrated of these plants, enabling the body to better cope with stress and harmonize the doshas. Adaptogens operate a bit like a thermostat: when the thermostat senses that the room temperature is too high, it brings it down; when the temperature is too low, it brings it up. Adaptogens can calm us and elevate our energy at the same time without overstimulating our system. They can normalize body imbalances, enable cells to eliminate toxic byproducts of the metabolic process, and help the body utilize oxygen more efficiently.
Of the herbs fitting the adaptogenic definition, three in particular offer tremendous benefits to those who are physically active:
Turmeric is an Ayurvedic remedy that has been used for over 4,000 years. Its key antioxidant, curcumin, boasts an array of researched-backed and time-tested benefits. Celebrated for its adaptogenic qualities, studies say it’s a strong ally for managing oxidative and inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, and hyperlipidemia. It’s also antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-mutagenic. One study found that muscle soreness and damage was reduced after an intense exercise session when subjects took turmeric. This can result in faster recovery after hard workouts and ultimately lead to more consistent, higher intensity training levels and increased performance.
- Fights Inflammation
- Improves Arthritis
- Reduces Depression Symptoms
- Boosts Skin Health
- Helps Manage Diabetes
- Natural Pain Reliever
- Helps Regulate Cholesterol
- Natural Detoxifier
Having been gathered for more than 6,000 years in India and a few parts of the Mediterranean and Africa, ashwagandha is one of the oldest known adaptogens, with its power coming from its roots. It’s one of the more complex herbs with many phytochemical constituents in it, and is valued for its ability to increase vitality, energy, endurance and stamina, suggesting it can enhance physical performance. In fact, even the name reflects its power in this area: Ashwa meaning horse and Gandha meaning smell, or giving the power of the horse. Ayurveda classifies ashwagandha as a “rasayana,” or rejuvenator.
- Relieves Anxiety
- Boost Testosterone
- Increase Muscle Mass
- Provide Muscle Strength
- Reduces Inflammation
- Aids Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Improve Brain Function
Also known as "golden root" or "roseroot", Rhodiola Rosea is a well-known traditional remedy for stress and mood disorders. It can help combat mental stress, depression and anxiety while supporting the adrenal glands and encouraging healthy cortisol levels. If used regularly, Rhodiola rosea can support the body's natural resistance and adaptation to stressful influences.
Studies have also shown that Rhodiola rosea increases physical work capacity and dramatically shortens the recovery time between bouts of high-intensity exercise. What’s more, rhodiola has demonstrated a remarkable ability to support cellular energy metabolism, and is thought to positively affect brain function, depression and heart health.
Rhodiola Rosea Benefits:
- Regulate Hormones
- Boost Energy
- Muscle Recovery
- Supports Heart Health
- Supports the Immune System
- Helps Reduce Stress
With the proven knowledge of these age-old ingredients, we decided to create VEDGE™ Turmeric+ to adhere to the principles of linking mind, body, and spirit. As the perfect Ayurvedic 3-in-1 support formula, we’ve combined organic turmeric root, organic ashwagandha, and organic rhodiola to aid muscle recovery, reduce stress and promote joint health. These ingredients are sourced directly from their native countries and follow USDA organic standards for safe and sustainable farming methods.
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