Enlighten me.

Turmeric is a rhizome, which is basically a root.  It is primarily grown in Southeast Asia and India.  We use fresh turmeric.  It is bright orange and it stains errrythang. 

The Benny’s?  Only about eight bazillion.

  • The main active ingredient is Curcumin, a very strong antioxidant that has powerful anti-inflammatory effects

  • Turmeric detoxifies the liver, which is an essential organ for burning fat (the stubborn belly fat). Let’s talk more about fat – if you don’t have any good for you! It also reduces fat mass and accelerates diet and exercise induced weight loss because the magical orange root enhances rate of metabolic breakdown (think more energy)

  • Lowers risk of brain diseases and improve brain function by boosting brain derived neurotrophic factor (little molecules in the brain that support growth, survival and differentiation of developing and mature neurons xoxo Jimmy Neutron)

  • It has been shown to be as effective as an anti-depressant – we are always smiling

  • Anti-aging properties (because of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties – cells are restored / kept healthy so skin improves, heals faster and stays younger looking)



Not turmeric’s red-headed brother but they are in the same fam.

Ginger is also a rhizome, which is also basically a root.  It is light yellow in color and smells spicy.  

  • Anti-everything. Research shows the compounds in ginger may show antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial activity.  What does that mean? 

  • Ginger has been shown to be effective against exercised induced muscle pain and soreness – other studies show it can help arthritis related joint pain 

  • Compounds in ginger help fight off pathogenic bacteria (the bad kind of bacteria that makes you sick, not the Kombucha kind of bacteria)

  • Studies show that ginger is able to significantly reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise HDL (good) cholesterol – annual physical here we come 

  • Promotes proper digestion so you can go for a swim sooner 

  • Helps treat nausea – this is the historical use and one of the most well-know aids – NYC cabbies, bring on the bumpy ride!



The restaurant in Tribeca?

We are so glad you asked.  No.   A tamarind tree is a tropical climate tree that grows fruit in pods.        

5 stars on yelp?

  • The high Thiamine content improves nerve function as well as muscle development

  • Tamarind stops an enzyme in the body that specifically stores fat (HCA compound)

  • Digestive health – bilious substance (stimulates activity of bile so helps dissolve food faster)

  • Good source of iron which improves blood circulation

  • Fiber / Vitamin C / Potassium content are good for heart health (reducing blood pressure and cholesterol)



I love Raspberries!  

Hold it right there – we use the leaves.  Some of our mommy friends might know a thing or two about RL.  

  • Raspberry Leaf strengthens immune system

  • Tones and tightens muscles in the pelvic area – ooh la la


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Yacon is often compared to honey, molasses and caramel in taste.  It comes from the Smallanthus Sonchifolius plant native to South America. 

  • What does this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious plant do? It is what gives our Original and Raspberry Leaf flavors a hint of sweetness (without the calories)

  • The really buzzy thing Yacon has going on is that it lacks starch (read: CARBS) so it might be beneficial in the diet of diabetics  

  • Yacon is beneficial for gut health - we likey

Black Pepper

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More than just a kitchen staple.

  • Black Pepper is the ultimate wingman.  It enhances nutrient absorption.  Especially of Curcumin - it enhances bioavailability by up to 2,000%

  • Fresh to death – Black Pepper contains antimicrobial compounds that keep foods fresh.  In fact, anthropologists believed it was used as an early food-preservation technique

Some fine print:

*Jimmy Neutron has not endorsed JAKA JAMU

**Benefits are not guaranteed and studies are ongoing

***Statements have not been evaluated by the FDA