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Viridian’s new Curcumin Latte Tasting Instore

Curcurmin Latter imageNew to Viridian and instore – Viridian’s Organic Curcumin Latte is a contemporary take on the traditional turmeric latte also known as ‘Golden Milk’ or ‘Haldi Ka Doodh’. Originating from South East Asia, Golden milk has a rich history of use and is a blend of turmeric root powder with aromatic spices such as ginger, cardamon and chilli stirred into warm milk. Viridian’s Organic Curcumin Latte features turmeric root extract with enhanced levels of the active compound known as curcumin.

Holly from Viridian will be instore on Tuesday 18th April from 2pm to 4pm offering tastings of this wonder drink and telling all about the multiple health benefits of turmeric.

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Product Review – Pukka ManPlus

Product Review Pukka ManPlus

ManPlus is one of Pukka’s unique range of supplements based on the venerable Ayurvedic medicine system from India. As a ‘male tonic’ I think it has so much to offer. The combination of ingredients strengthen, nourish and rejuvenate. They offer circulatory stimulant and heart tonic properties, reduce inflammation and alleviate stress. Which man couldn’t benefit from that kind of boost. Low vitality, low libido, prostate inflammation, erectile dysfunction, frequent urination, relentless stress and adrenal exhaustion can all be combatted by its impressive list of ingredients.

Among them are :

Turmeric and Aloe Vera for their anti inflammatory properties.
Red Ginseng and Hawthorn for energy and heart tonic properties.
Spirulina, a microscopic algae to offer nutrition including iron and b vitamins.
Cinnamon and ginger to stimulate the circulation.
Cordyceps, a mushroom to improve oxygen availability and rejuvenate the reproductive system.
Broccoli and cabbage seed sprouts which can have a positive effect on prostate swelling.
Pomegranate and Holy Basil which are potent antioxidants.
Maca is a reputed aphrodisiac, thought to increase sperm production and motility.

Featured Product Red Ginseng

ManPlus has a combination of ingredients to nourish and rejuvenate the male body including the heart and the reproductive and hormone systems, to reduce inflammation while boosting the circulation and kick starting the libido. It makes for an effective all round male tonic.

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The Lowdown on Natural Sweeteners

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It’s a fact that Ireland is getting fatter and, as people strive to buck the trend while still occasionally satisfying a sweet tooth, we’re frequently asked which of the many natural sweeteners we recommend people to use. Firstly I’d say it’s a matter of frequency. If your sweet treat is a once a week indulgence your choice will have less impact, if it’s more often think carefully. Before thinking about sweeteners at all give some thought to other refined carbohydrates like white flour and pasta and maybe cut them out or way down first. Then look at some of the unrefined natural sweeteners you can use in your own cooking and which are finding their way more and more into bought products.

Natural Sweeteners options:

stevia imageStevia is extracted from the leaves of a plant called Stevia rebaudiana and has been used for sweetening for centuries in South America. It’s compounds make it many times sweeter than sugar without any of the calories. It has been linked with health benefits like lowering elevated blood pressure and lowering blood sugar levels in diabetics. However… many people dislike the taste of Stevia. It does depend on the brand though, you may need to experiment to find one that you like.

How to use Stevia: Unlike raw honey, stevia is heat stable, so feel free to use it in any way you desire. Remember, it’s 200 times sweeter than sugar, so don’t use it in the same ratio. For baking, this can present a problem, as refined sugar gives bulk to recipes. However, this can be easily rectified. To make up for the lost bulk when using stevia, use 1/3 to ½ cup of one of the following bulking agents: fresh fruit puree, yogurt, roasted winter squash, two whipped egg whites, or you can use 1–2 tablespoons of coconut flour.

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol with a sweetness similar to sugar. It contains 2.4 calories per gram, or about 75% of the caloric value of sugar. It appears to have some benefits for dental health, reducing the risk of cavities and dental decay. It may also improve bone density, helping to prevent osteoporosis and it doesn’t raise blood sugar or insulin levels.

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