Turmeric, also known as the “golden spice,” has been linked to Eastern cultures for about 4000 years. In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric is a well-documented treatment for various respiratory conditions such as asthma and allergies, as well as for liver disorders, anorexia, rheumatism, and as an aid in healing infections, sprains and swelling. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is used to treat diseases associated with abdominal pain. Both ancient schools of medicine believes it helps regulate digestion and stimulates the liver to neutralize toxins and improve use of fats in the body. Modern studies reveal that turmeric is a potent antioxidant, which is being studied for anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic, antimicrobial, and antiviral uses, as well as a potential immune system booster.
Ginger, from the ancient Sanskit word for horn, is a root herb with a history that goes back 4000-5000 years. In Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine books, it was described as “a healing gift from God”. The Chinese used it to stimulate appetite and treat stomach ailments. The Greeks used it as an aphrodisiac. Like many other valuable spices of its time, it was considered one of the most precious culinary perks of royalty and the rich. Queen Elizabeth I liked it so much that she invented the Gingerbread Man; it is now part of Christmas tradition. Throughout history, ginger has been used as a tonic to reportedly enhance energy and increase circulation.
Tens of thousands of years before blueberries were known in Europe, they were an important part of Native American culture. It was written that they were a nourishing gift from the Great Spirit, and valued for their use in stews, soups and for natural dyes. Today, we know that blueberries are not only exceptionally loaded with antioxidants, but also have an impressive profile of bonus compounds, including the sought-after resveratol. These compounds have been studied for their positive effects on longevity and protection of DNA and nerve cells. Chemicals in blueberries have shown promise in inducing enzymes that may protect against cardiovascular and liver ailments and in regulating healthy cholesterol ratios in the blood. Other reported benefits include enhanced cognitive function and improved blood sugar stability.
Green tea has been synonymous with Asia for millenniums. Originating in China, it was first considered a luxury to be consumed only by Emperors, royal courts, and other elite classes. Befitting its reputation as the tea of champions, it was also consumed ceremoniously by Shogun and Samurai warriors. It was considered an aid in the treatment of infections and scurvy, the healing of wounds, and in enhancing longevity. In the modern age, it is said to enhance the cardiovascular system and act as a fat burner.
Centuries before Polish biochemist Casimir Funk published his 1912 paper on the power of “vitamines”, it was known that certain foods had significant healing and disease prevention properties. When consumed regularly, specific foods eliminated dangerous ailments which were common in the recent past. Organic compounds in these foods were then isolated, including the B Vitamin Complex, which was deemed especially crucial. For example, a deficiency of B1, aka thiamine, leads to loss of muscle function, water retention, and elevated blood pressure. B Vitamins are catalysts which spur production of energy, red blood cells, skin, and organ renewal. On the other hand, alcohol consumption depletes many of the B vitamins, especially B1. And many caffeinated products such as coffee deplete vitamin B2, B6, and B12. Supplementation becomes essential for many of us who think they have the perfect diet, yet overindulge and exhaust these nutrients.
Licorice is an herb that has been valued for thousands of years. Many ancient cultures recorded its use in treating a wide variety of ailments. Licorice was so highly prized by the Egyptians that it was found in King Tut’s tomb alongside his gold and jewels. It was thought to be part of a sweet drink that he could take with him to the afterlife. Alexander the Great reportedly used it as a thirst quencher, to enhance the strength and endurance of his armies. During the Middle Ages in England, licorice was so important that it was written to be “equal to the grains of paradise”. It has also been used around the world in apothecaries that predate modern medicine as a potent anti-inflammatory and to help settle stomach troubles. The herb is currently being studied at Rutgers University for various potential immune system benefits.
500 years ago, the first mineral spa opened in the small British town of Epsom. Its healing and purifying waters quickly attracted patrons of the highest rank. Marie de Medici, Queen of France, wrote glowing reviews in her letters. Epsom salts, now known internationally, contain magnesium, which along with zinc, potassium, and chromium are elements essential to the body’s regulatory functions. Exercise and drinking coffee deplete these minerals. Drinking alcohol does as well, and also leads to the creation of toxins called acetaldehydes; a major culprit in hangover suffering. Proper levels of essential minerals can assist in neutralizing and flushing these and other toxins before they affect the body the next morning. Proper nerve conduction, improved metabolism of carbohydrates and proteins, and regulation of insulin are other significant benefits of essential minerals. Eviver was developed to target depleted levels of essential minerals and quickly replenish them.
Throughout history, cinnamon has been one of the world’s most luxurious spices. Hundreds of years ago in Arabia, fantastical stories were told by purveyors about how they came upon their hoard; sometimes cinnamon was guarded by snakes or perhaps it was found atop a mountain guarded by eagles. Cinnamon was so prized in Europe that the pledge of potential new supply routes bolstered Christopher Columbus’ bid to Queen Isabella to back his exploration of America. Today, there are two main strains of cinnamon available. Not to be confused with cassia cinnamon – most commonly used in commercial Asian cooking – the true cinnamon used in Eviver is much rarer and more expensive. It is farmed primarily in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), with a milder and sweeter flavor. True cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants, and its unique chemicals are said to strengthen and protect the immune system by reducing inflammation, reducing stiffness, and acting as a defense against harmful bacteria. Its potential is also is being studied for helping regulate blood sugar, for soothing a sore throat, and for enhancing mental alertness.
Hundreds of years ago, native North Americans began using plants such as evening primrose in teas, foods, and poultices – to heal bruises, reduce swelling, and soothe cramps and stomach ailments. 17th-century settlers in Virginia brought evening primrose back to Europe, and was soon dubbed the “king’s cure all”. Evening primrose’s plant family is Oenothera, from the Greek word for wine, since folk healers found its essential oils effective for alleviating symptoms of a hangover. Fast forward to 1929, when George and Mildred Burr published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry coining the term “essential fatty acids”, also known as EFAs. They stated that EFAs were necessary for the integrity and function of every cell in the body. Although EFAs are also found in certain nuts and fish, Eviver’s blend of evening primrose and other essential plant oils is vegan and nut-free. Our beverage contains gamma linoleic acid, or GLA, plus omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9.
The global history of pomegranates is rich and colorful – literally. Pomegranates were found at the temples of the pharaohs in ancient Egypt, where the juice was reportedly used to improve intestinal health. The fruit is associated with many religions as part of their ceremonies and folklore. In the bible, it is mentioned as a symbol of fertility, eternal life and resurrection. Tales of Solomon’s temple in Israel and Middle Eastern palaces frequently mention this “fruit of paradise”. Xerxes the Great had an elite battle corps dubbed the “Pomegranate Brigade”. In Persia, pomegranates are considered to be a symbol of strength, and in India, of prosperity. They contain a spectrum of antioxidants that are unmatched by any other fruit, with reportedly powerful benefits for the circulatory and cardiovascular system. Pomegranates are also thought to have significant anti-inflammatory properties.
First cultivated throughout Southeast Asia, citrus fruits began being imported to Europe in the Middle Ages. On his second journey across the Atlantic, Christopher Columbus brought citrus fruits to the New World. Just decades later, Ponce de Leon was the first to plant orange trees in Florida, leaving behind a billion dollar legacy. During transoceanic voyages of yesteryear, many European sailors perished of scurvy. After giving citrus fruits to sailors, however, the disease vanished. Limes were especially effective due to their higher acid content. The British Royal Navy guaranteed its crews had enough limes on their journeys, hence the nickname “limeys” given to their sailors. Like most fruits, the citrus have a myriad of antioxidants, along with a healthy dose of potassium. Many of these antioxidants are in their peels, which help prevent free radical damage and boost the absorption of vitamin C into the body better than just the juice alone. The World Health Organization states that citrus fruits are crucial to cardiovascular health by reputedly regulating and lower blood pressure.
Vanilla beans originate from a tropical orchid native to Mexico, where it was farmed by the ancient Aztecs and other local tribes. According to legend, the goddess Xanath created the sacred vanilla vine in order to provide eternal happiness to her followers. They were the first to have refined vanilla and mixed it with chocolate as a dinner drink. In the 16th century, the conquistador Hernán Cortés captured Mexico and introduced vanilla upon his return to Spain. European apothecaries began to experiment with the flavor in ice cream and other recipes. While living in Paris, Thomas Jefferson discovered an affection for vanilla ice cream so strong, that the inventor-statesman’s own recipe is now housed in the Library of Congress. Today, premium vanilla is one of the world’s priciest foods. Its reputed health benefits are unparalleled, with strong antioxidant traits which are said to help slow aging. Vanilla also reportedly has antibacterial and aphrodisiac properties and helps soothe the stomach. Finally, its mild stimulatory effects on the brain are said to enhance alertness and relieve stress.
Eviver’s proprietary blend contains high quality water and teas and over two dozen special herbs, spices, fruits, vitamins, and organic sweeteners. This special combination maximizes the synergy, absorption and benefits of each ingredient: the whole effect of Eviver is far greater than just the sum of its individual parts. Our proprietary blend also gives Eviver its delicious, one-of-a-kind Dragon Spice flavor.
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