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New York’s healthy entrepreneurs have been brewing up some delicious, nutritious blends for you to sip on this year. It’s good timing–you’ll need more than just fuzzy socks and blankets to stay warm this week. Here are three new homegrown teas to try:
1. Prince Teas
Brother-sister team Princ and Tina Bhojwani (based in the Village) wanted to harness the incredible health benefits of turmeric, so they blended it with sencha (green tea) for powerful healing in every bag. Green tea is known for its strong antioxidants, and turmeric has been shown to fight inflammation, guarding against diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s and skin problems like acne and psoriasis. Plus, the organic tea is flavorful and comes in a tin full of pretty sachets.
well + GOOD NYC 2/4/2013
An old Indian folk song praises turmeric, the golden spice from the East, for its power to bring beauty, good health and good luck to those who use and carry it.  But in Indian medical lore, the pungent, woody-tasting powder is more precious still.  Modern medicine is starting to sit up and pay attention. Scientists are taking a closer look at this Asian wonder spice, teasing out active ingredients and testing its age-old cultural and medicinal uses in 21st century laboratories. The spice and a chemical it contains — curcumin — are being probed for their potential to prevent and treat a broad range of diseases: cancer, cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer's and arthritis.

Researchers believe the curcumin it contains fights disease partly by shutting down a powerful protein that promotes an abnormal inflammatory response in the body. The spice also has potent antioxidant properties (and may even lower cholesterol).

Curcumin is medically promising because inflammation and oxidative damage are contributors to so many diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, arthritis and various cancers, said Gregory Cole, a professor of medicine and neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA who has conducted numerous studies on the spice. And, he said, there's a need for better, safer drugs to treat these conditions.

 "Out of the Spice Box, Into the Lab"  L.A. Times 2/6/2006


The good news about this cross-cultural spice is that elderly villagers in India, who eat turmeric in their daily curries, have the world's lowest rate of Alzheimer's disease. Other studies have suggested turmeric has broad anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects as well. But few Americans eat enough curry to achieve these protective effects. Although Dr. Weil does not recommend daily mustard-laden hot dogs as the ideal turmeric delivery device, he found a potential solution during one of his many trips to Okinawa, the island nation with the world's longest average life span, 81.2 years. Okinawans drink copious quantities of turmeric tea.

 "Healthy Turmeric Tea"

New evidence suggests a common Indian spice is a potent antioxidant that can prevent many diseases.  The spice, turmeric, a key ingredient of curry, has been used medicinally for hundreds of years.  But scientists are starting to systematically explore the sweeping qualities of the bright-yellow powder. An increasing body of scholarly research indicates that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, could be used to prevent a range of illnesses, from cancer to skin disorders.
Wall Street Journal 8/30/2005
The National Institutes of Health lists 24 current studies on the effects of turmeric and its chief active component, curcumin. 
The bottom line is that the therapeutic advantages of turmeric and curcumin are almost too numerous to list.  An overview published in Advanced Experimental Medical Biology in 2007 states that, "Curcumin has been shown to exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities and thus has a potential against various malignant diseases, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and other chronic illnesses."
"Turmeric Health Benefits: Have a Happy New Year With Turmeric" Huffington Post 12/28/2010

Unlike many supposed superfoods, turmeric can fight disease (in this case, Alzheimer' s) simply as part of an everyday diet- no supplements or extracts required.

"Turmeric on the Brain" Gourmet 11/3/2008

For decades, researchers have searched for an immunity superbooster that could hold back the tide of disease.  In the spice markets of the east, they may have found it.  Turmeric is safe, and as far as the number of diseases it addresses, you name it.  It truly has the potential of being a wonder spice.
"Indian Gold" Men's Health 12/26/2010

Benefits ranging from fighting Alzheimer's to fighting breast cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and psoriasis. Too many to be true? Maybe. But I also know this: all of these diseases, like Jerry's arthritis, share a common need. They depend on the formation of new blood vessels — basically, on specific local instances of inflammation. And that's what Funk's papers showed the turmeric controls. With the work of Funk and Weil, what I had seen in Jerry was starting to make sense. But it wasn't the papers that convinced me. It was how Jerry did in the hospital. 
"Can Turmeric Relieve Pain? One Doctor's Opinion" TIME 7/13/2009