Organic Ashwaghanda Decoction tea is a slightly bitter blend of the profoundly beneficial roots of the Ashwagandha plant plus, cacao nibs which are filled with anti-oxidants, rich in natural goodness and all spice to help the flow of the gastrointestinal tract and boost your system. The blend is best mixed with a little honey or sweetner and diluted well to avoid a bitter taste, however the bountiful benefits outway the taste.
Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, and black and green teas. In fact, it has up to four times the quantity of antioxidants found in green tea!
Ashwagandha Tea Benefits have been renowned in ancient Indian Ayurvedic medicine as being effective for general health and longevity. The root of the ashwagandha has been used successfully for 3,000 years and is often referred to as the Indian counterpart of ginseng.
Ashwagandha has the following active constituents: withanolides, glycosides and several alkaloids. The herb also has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties.
Like many other herbs, it is recommended that ashwagandha not be used by pregnant women and should not be consumed for long periods of time.
Ashwagandha can be taken as tea, as tincture, in capsule form, or as an extract. Ashwagandha tea can be made by placing about 1 teaspoon of dried ashwagandha leaves in boiling water. Let the mix steep for about 15 minutes and cool. Strain and then drink.
The following are the health benefits attributed to ashwagandha tea:
Ashwagandha tea may be helpful in calming the nerves and treating severe stress and nervous exhaustion.
Ashwagandha tea may have some anti-carcinogenic, anti-cancer properties.
Ashwagandha tea may help in the treatment of hypertension.
Ashwagandha tea may aid in clearing the mind, as well as improving memory and cognitive abilities.
Ashwagandha tea may help in fighting arthritis.
Ashwagandha tea may help in restoring sexual vitality, especially in males
Cacao Nibs, Why Unprocessed Chocolate is Good for You
Antioxidants: Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, and black and green teas. In fact, it has up to four times the quantity of antioxidants found in green tea. Health benefits of these antioxidants include:
Promote cardiovascular health - Help dilate bloods vessels, reduce blood clotting, improve circulation, help regulate heartbeat and blood pressure, lower LDL cholesterol, and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attacks.
Protect from environmental and metabolic toxins - Help repair and resist damage caused by free radicals, and may reduce risk of certain cancers.
Neurotransmitters: By increasing the levels of specific neurotransmitters in our brains, cacao promotes positive outlook, facilitates rejuvenation and simply helps us feel good.
Serotonin - Cacao raises the level of serotonin in the brain; thus acts as an anti-depressant, helps reduce PMS symptoms, and promotes a sense of well-being.
Endorphins - Cacao stimulates the secretion of endorphins, producing a pleasurable sensation similar to the “runner’s high” a jogger feels after running several miles.
Phenylethylamine - Found in chocolate, phenylethylamine is also created within the brain and released when we are in love. Acts as mild mood elevator and anti-depressant, and helps increase focus and alertness.
Anandamide - Anandamide is known as the “bliss chemical” because it is released by the brain when we are feeling great. Cacao contains both N-acylethanolamines, believed to temporarily increase the levels of anandamide in the brain, and enzyme inhibitors that slow its breakdown. Promotes relaxation, and helps us feel good longer.
Essential Minerals: Cacao beans are rich in a number of essential minerals, including magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese.
Magnesium - Cacao seems to be the #1 source of magnesium of any food. Magnesium balances brain chemistry, builds strong bones, and helps regulate heartbeat and blood pressure. Magnesium deficiency, present in 80% of Americans, is linked with PMT, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and joint problems.
Sulfur - Cacao is high in the beauty mineral sulfur. Sulfur builds strong nails and hair, promotes beautiful skin, detoxifies the liver, and supports healthy pancreas functioning.
Essential fats: There is a misperception that chocolate is fattening. In truth, the fats in cocoa butter are healthy fats. Cacao contains oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, also found in olive oil, that may raise good cholesterol. Also, substances found in cacao are known to help reduce appetite.
Health benefits of Allspice
The active principles in the allspice are known to have anti-inflammatory, rubefacient (warming and soothing), carminative and anti-flatulent properties.
Allspice contains many health benefiting essential oils such as eugenol, a phenylpropanoids class of chemical compound, which gives pleasant, sweet aromatic fragrances to this spice. It also contains caryophyllene, methyleugenol, glycosides, tannins, quercetin, resin and sesquiterpenes. These volatile oils are being obtained through distillation process using this spice corns. The outer coat of the berries is believed to have the greatest medicinal activity.
As in black pepper corns, the active principles in the allspice may increase the motility of the gastro-intestinal tract as well as increase the digestion power by increasing gastro-intestinal secretions.
Eugenol, has local anesthetic and antiseptic properties, hence; useful in gum and dental treatment procedures. Recent research studies have shown that preparation made from allspice oil mixed with extractions from garlic and oregano can work against E.coli, Salmonella and L.monocytogenes infections.
The spice is enriched with good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, copper, selenium and magnesium. Iron is an important co-factor for cytochrome- oxidase enzymes during cellular metabolism. It is also required for red blood cell production in the bone marrow. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the powerful antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase.
The spice also contains very good amounts of vitamin-A, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), riboflavin, niacin and vitamin-C. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant; regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.