Stevia is not only “harmless” but is healthy. Most often you are getting a refined extract (liquid or powder) that has isolated stevia’s sweet compounds. Thai Freeze Dry’s CFL promises the whole plant as nature intended.
Stevia is an effective sweetener for people on sugar and carbohydrate- controlled diets such as diabetics and people concerned with weight management and anyone/everyone interested in overall good health.
Lab studies confirm reductions in blood glucose levels attributed to chlorgenic acid which reduces enzymatic conversion of glycogen to glucose as well as decreasing absorption of glucose in the gut.
The sprouted black rice provides a pleasant tasting (malt) flavor but with the addition of our herbs, taste tests indicate that a slightly sweeter taste is preferred. Stevia provides natural sweetness. It is a healthy herbal alternative. It contains no sugar but is sweeter than sugar with no calories, no toxicity and none of the negative health effects of sugar.
Roselle, Hibiscus sabdariffa L,has a long tradition of use as a health-supporting drink and food ingredient, and is well known and widely used around the planet. Thailand is know for superior quality roselle. We start with the high quality Hibiscus sabdariffa that grows and is processed fresh at our doorstep. Roselle is not a fruit or a flower. The edible parts used to make the juice or tea are the “calyces,” the red fleshy sepals that cover and enclose the flower’s seed pods.
With Thai Freeze Dry’s roselle powder we have eliminated the water which is approximately 85% of the total weight. It is, thereby, naturally concentrated six to seven times. Roselle tea is a mild infusion. You drink the mild infusion and throw the flower (calyse) away. In the case of our roselle powder you are actually drinking the entire calyse. All benefits, nutritional and otherwise are highly concentrated.
The high vitamin C content in roselle can be an adjunctive therapy when combined with conventional treatments. Among the long list of benefits of Vitamin C, it may help to boost immunity and improve blood flow.
Roselle may help your body to break down your food and decrease absorption of carbohydrates. Roselle has been shown to decrease the synthesis of amylase, an enzyme that speeds up the chemical breakdown of starch into sugars as well as boosts your metabolism allowing you to burn more calories faster .
Antioxidant rich roselle can help to keep your skin looking youthful. Hibiscus sabdariffa is a natural source of alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) used in anti-aging products. In addition, the muscle tightening effect Hibiscus sabdariffa helps smooth fine lines and wrin- kles naturally while it strengthens skin cells.
Potassium helps to control electrical activity of muscles including the heart and regulation of our body fluids (including water balance). relief from high blood pressure, stoke and other heart disorders as well as regulation of blood sugar levels. Potassium supports kidney functions, and helps to relieve anxiety and stress. It also enhances muscle strength, brain function and supports the nervous system.
Roselle is a good source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Consuming 100 grams of raw roselle offers 215 mg of Calcium, 1.48 mg of Iron, 12 mg of Vitamin C, 51 mg of Magnesium, 6.0 g of Carbohydrate, 37 mg of Phosphorus, 208 mg of Potassium, as well as Vitamin A, of Vitamin B1, ,B2 and B3. The flowers are a rich source of anthocyanin (antioxidants) and protocatechuic acid (“PCA”). Let’s look not only at what roselle provides, but just as important, what it lacks. Nutritional facts disclose very low levels of fat, sugar, sodium and carbs.
PCA in roselle has a three major functions that effect the human body. It has been shown to be Anti-Bacterial,Antioxidant / Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-tumorous. The natural functions that roselle has, besides PCA , makes it a power house of longevity foods in the world. It has use in helping with weight management, blood pressure, diabetes, skin care, immunity, sex drive and so much more that can be found in the brief in the link below.
Anti-Bacterial: PCA has been shown to treat malignant bacterial effected cells taken from human oral cavities. In another study the anti-bacterial effects of PCA derived from roselle effectively inhibited the growth of bacteria in humans and it was concluded that PCA specifically from roselle may be useful in clinical infection prevention and therapy.
Antioxidant / Anti-Inflammatory: PCA is a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory in general and specifically associated with liver protection. Higher concentration in the color of the red flavonoid pigments in the anthocyanins was shown to have a direct relationship to the antioxidant effects. Under less ideal processing temperatures and storage conditions the anthocyanin content declines. This validates the strong advantage achieved by Thai Freeze Dry’s proprietary Cellular Fraction-Line Technology . This process is a key factor in delivering high quality premium freeze dried roselle powder.
Anti-tumor: PCA was found to increase proliferation and inhibit apoptosis of neural stem cells and was found to induce cell death of human leukemia cells. In a laboratory model using HL-60 leukemia cells, PCA was shown to prevent damage to genetic information that could potentially lead to cancer, help destroy existing tumors and PCA was found to inhibit the growth of lung cancer cells . PCA contained in Hibiscus sabdariffa may induce cell death (apoptosis) in human leukemia cells and induce apoptosis in human gastric carcinoma cells to help fight stomach cancer.
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Holy basil, Ocimum sanctum / Ocimum tenuiflorum, has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes for thousands of years in India and S.E. Asia. Its distinct cooling mellow “peppery” flavor distinguishes it from other varieties of basil. The aroma is a blend of peppermint, cloves, licorice and lemon. This flavor and aroma make holy basil an essential ingredient for Thai cooking. In addition to its culinary use, holy basil is a medicinal herb in the category known as “adaptogens.”
Gotu Kola, Centella asiatica, is one of the most important regenerative Ayurvedic herbs. These leaves have been used for centuries by yogis to support deep meditation. It is believed to develop the Crown Chakra, the energy center at the top of the head and balance the right and left hemispheres of the human brain. In addition to its use in ancient India, China and Africa have traditionally used gotu kola for its medicinal properties.
Helpful preventitive against congestive heart failure, strokes, and high blood pressure
Regulate blood flow
Strengthening blood vessel
Speed up Healing
Strengthens the skin, hair, nails and connective tissue
Increased mental and physical energy
Ancient India, China and Africa have traditionally used gotu kola for its medicinal properties. Cultures throughout India, Asia and Africa use gotu kola leaves in culinary preparations including soups, salads, and beverages. This is truly a case of your food being your medicine and your medicine being your food.
Modern studies indicate that gotu kola improves memory and retention of learned behaviors.
Clinical studies provide evidence that gotu kola can relieve anxiety. A study of patients with general anxiety disorder reported a decrease in the severity and frequency of anxiety attacks after using gotu kola.
Gotu Kola strengthens veins and capillaries while it improves blood flow. It soothes and minimizes varicose veins, treats muscle cramps, and helps to minimize scarring.
The combination of stimulation of blood flow to the cells and protection against infections allows gotu kola to speed up the healing process while inhibiting the accumulation of scar tissue.
Gotu kola, as a mild diuretic, stimulates the release of excess toxins, salts, water and fat from the body as a result of increased urination. This will ease strained kidneys and generally remove toxins while sustaining our energy and our fluid balance.
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Asiaticosides may damage the cell walls of bacteria, viruses and bacteria including the bacteria that cause leprosy. Parasitic infections such as urinary tract infecions, shigles, cholera, dysenaray, syphilis, influena and the common cold. The weakened bacteria become more susceptible to the body’s immune system.
Triterpeoid compounds (saponins), asiaticodise, madecassosides, and madastatic acid beneficially affect collagen to inhibit hyperactive scar formation.
Treatment of third degree burns when commenced immediately after being burned reduces scarring and daily application of gotu kola together with intramuscular injections was found to limit the shrinking of the skin during the healing process. Asiaticoside not only stimulates skin repair but also strengthens the skin, hair, nails and connective tissue.
Gotu Kola is a “cognitive tonic” that boosts and rejuvenates the central nervous system aiding intelligence and memory while it fights nervous disorders including epilepsy and senility. It also acts to combat stress and depression, energize cognitive functions, and improve reflexes.Enhanced circulation discussed below oxygenates the brain allowing cognition to improve. In addition the antioxidant effects of gotu kola stimulate neural pathways by reducing plaque and free radicals in the brain.
Asiaticosides and madecassosides contained in gotu kola may treat, delay and prevent chronic venous insufficiency which occurs when the valves that regulate blood flow are weak or damaged and blood collects in the veins of the legs. Strengthening blood vessel wall may slow down the gradual break down of the retina in the eyes, may assist in relief from hemorrhoids, and strengthen the lining of the gastrointestinal tract to help treat ulcers. Strengthening blood vessel wall may slow down the gradual break down of the retina in the eyes, may assist in relief from hemorrhoids, and strengthen the lining of the gastrointestinal tract to help treat ulcers.
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Asian Pigeonwings (Blue butterfly pea), Clitoria ternatea, is noted for its bright blue edible flowers that have a shape similar to female genitalia from which it derives its scientific name. Aside from its many culinary uses, the Asian Pigeonwings (blue butterfly pea vine) has been used in Ayurveda as well as traditional Asian and Middle Eastern medicine and its health benefits are increasingly supported by modern science. Asian Pigeonwings (Blue butterfly pea) itself has a rich historical background with a multitude of health convenient properties.
Nootropic – Asian Pigeonwings enhances cognitive functions including heightening intelligence and enhancing memory via acetylcholine localized to the hippocampus
Rreduces stress and anxiety – calming effect
Relaxes smooth vascular muscle aiding blood flow
decreases blood volume thereby lowering high blood pressure
High doses may be adaptogenic
Lower diabetic activity by inhibiting glucose intake from the diet
Reduces fever by dilating the blood vessels just beneath the skin which increases blood flow near the surface of the skin where it can be more easily cooled by the air
Blue Butterfly Pea is traditionally a part of Ayurvedic medicine.
It has been used for centuries as a memory enhancer, nootropic, antistress, anxiolytic, antidepressant, anticonvulsant, tranquilizing and sedative agent.
It contains a wide range of secondary metabolites including triterpenoids, flavonol glycosides, anthocyanins and steroids that have been isolated from Clitoria ternatea]
Its extracts possess a wide range of pharmacological activities including antimicrobial, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, diuretic, local anesthetic, antidiabetic, insecticidal, blood platelet aggregation-inhibiting and for use as a vascular smooth muscle relaxing properties.
The presence of the anti-oxidant, Proanthocyanidin found in Asian Pigeonwings, helps to improve eyesight by increasing blood flow in the capillaries of the eyes which also allows the eyes to adjust to changes in light and improves vision. The Asian Pigeonwings (blue butterfly pea vine) flowers have been shown to effectively prevent cataracts and glaucoma, correct blurred vision, and soothing inflamed and tearing eyes.
Asian Pigeonwings (blue butterfly vine flower) are rich in bioflavinoids, has been used traditionally to promote hair growth, thicken the hair and reduce greying of the hair.
Thai Freeze Dry’s Asian Pigeonwings (blue butterfly pea vine) tea is unique. Normally, if you can find this tea at all, it will be in the form of dried tea leaves with flowers. You will brew the tea and then throw away the leaves and flowers, drinking only the mildly infused water. People want the source of the benefit, yet only intake a bi-product.
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Black Ginger has been a known ingredient in male sexual performance formulations
Significant levels of PDE5 inhibitors increase blood-flow to the testis and stimulate dopaminergic function in the hypothalamus.
Can help in cognitive function as dopamine is an organic chemical that acts as a neurotransmitter and neuromodulator in the human brain.
Dopamine influences motivation, arousal and sexual gratification.
As a natural sexual enhancer, black ginger has been shown to increase sperm density.
Black ginger stimulates dopaminergic functions in the human brain
A clinical study of 45 healthy elderly males tested the effects of Kaempferia parvifloara on erectile function. Response latency time to visual erotic stimuli as well as size and length of penis at erectile state showed significant changes. The study concluded “Our study clearly demonstrates that KP is a potential resource for the development of nutraceutical compound against aged related male erectile dysfunction.” *“Efficacy Assessment of Kaempferia parviflora for the Management of erectile dysfunction” Panakaporn Wannanon et. al., OnLine Journal of Biological Sciences Volume 12, Issue 4, pp. 149-155
In Lab animals fed black ginger body weight, visceral fat accumulation, lipid metabolism abnormalities, hyperinsulinenemia, glucose intolerance, insulin resistance, hypertension and peripheral neuropathy were suppressed. “Because KP had preventive effects on metabolic diseases, including antiobesity effects … we propose that KP will be extremely valuable as a medicine or component of food in alternative health care.”* * Antiobesity effects of Kaempferia parviflora in spontaneously obese type II diatetic mice’ Tomoko Akase et. al. “Journal of Natural Medicine”, Jan.2011, vol. 65, issue 1, pp. 73-80
Black ginger has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects due to the presence of strong antioxidants in the dark purple (almost black) flavonoid pigments that give black ginger its name.
Its aphrodisiac activities include enhanced sexual desire, motivation and performance as well as supporting the structure and function of Sertoli cells. The Sertoli cell barrier (SCB) sometimes referred to as the “blood testes barrier” protects and controls the environment which produces, nourishes, maintains and stores sperm cells.
In the case of Cognitive function, black ginger stimulatesdopaminergic functions in the human brain. Parkinsons disease is caused by a loss of dopamine secreting neurons. Dopamine relays messages to the area of the brain that regulates coordinated body movements and with less dopamine people are less able to control these movements.
Alzheimer’s disease characterized by impaired memory and cognitive functions are linked to substantial disturbances in dopamine regulation in the brain. ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity) is also associated with decreased dopamine activity. Boosting dopamine naturally can help to treat depression and bipolar depression. The ability of black ginger to stimulate dopaminergic function may greatly contribute to cognitive health.