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Tumeric: The Elixir of Life – Review

tumeric beverages and elixirsTurmeric is often referred to as the queen of spices, as its medicinal powers (healing, antioxidant, cleansing) have long been valued. Its bright yellow hue adds a ray of sunshine to Indian curries, and its warm flavor is beloved by many. I’m not one of them. Its kind of woodsy, odd flavor puts me off, and if I use it at all, it’s quite sparingly. So it came as somewhat of a shock to me how much I loved the samples I received from Tumeric (yes, it’s spelled without the “r”): The Elixir of Life. In fact, I was crazy for the flavor, and soon became hooked.

These elixir beverages have a strong flavor — spicy and bracing. Though the flavor and color of turmeric is front and center, each variety also contains any combination of ginger, cardamom, lemon, cayenne, cinnamon, vanilla, spearmint, and more. Some are in a base of water, others in a base of coconut water. I received a sampling of several 12-ounce bottles and a few 3-ounce bottles of “Pure Prana” which really concentrates all those antioxidant goodies in one small container.

elixir-prana11The flavors of these elixirs are strong. Spice fans will love them straight up. I prefer diluting about half a cup of elixir with an equal part of water. Sometimes I add a tablespoonful of apple cider vinegar, just to up the ante a bit more, and a few drops of liquid stevia. A dose of this per day makes me feel invigorated, and I’ve grown to love the flavor as well.

Tumeric elixirs come in a variety of flavors, though they aren’t radically different from one another. You can explore the Original, Vegan, Vegan Coconut Nectar, and Vanilla Bean here. They’re available at selected retail locations as well as at Tumeric’s online store.

The only down side is the price, but if you order in quantity or opt for the larger, 32-ounce bottles, the product becomes more affordable — a 32-ounce bottle is 9.99 when you order three, and if you like it about half a cup at a time like I do, that’s a lot of energy in a bottle. Drop those horrible coffee-based energy drinks and try these instead.  These make me feel clear-headed and raring to go, without any unpleasant caffeine buzz.

Disclaimer: Tumeric Alive sent me free samples to review. I never review products that I don’t like and wouldn’t recommend to VegKitchen readers. I don’t profit from the review of this product (other than my own health and pleasure!).

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    February 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Hi Nava, Which one is your favorite and I will try that one out. Due to the cost I would rather take a recommendation then spend alot on some I might not like. Thanks, Diane

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    February 5, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    To be honest, Diane, they don’t taste that different from one another. It’s a very subtle distinction. If I had to choose one, it would probably be the Vegan Coconut Nectar, as it has the added benefit of coconut. Hope you enjoy it!

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    February 5, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Thanks. I will try it.. Diane

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    February 27, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I read that Christie Brinkley uses this in her diet for energy.I am very interested in doing the same.Can you truly tell a difference in your energy level?

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      February 27, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Nikki, Tumeric tastes awesome and is filled with great ingredients, but I don’t think any one item can guarantee a boost in energy level. Tumeric beverages are a bit pricey if one wants to use them daily, and I suppose Christie can afford it! Plus, she appears to have amazing genes. An occasional shot of Tumeric as part of an overall good diet can’t hurt.

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    June 1, 2014 at 3:27 am

    I wish that I had read this post prior to my first Tumeric Alive drink. I purchased 6 32 oz bottles online and decided to use the newer Pineapple one first as it was said to be milder. I poured at least 8 ounces into a glass and drank it, not enjoying the taste at all. It was too much and later made me feel horrible in the stomach. I generally take Vibrant Health Tumeric daily as it was used positively in clinical trials and is vegetable product. It has never bothered me. My drink, however, gave me stomach pains, made me feel almost flu-like. I will try again but believe that a little bit is plenty and my glass far too much. I am also wondering if my drinks which arrived hot despite the supposed cool packing might have been “damaged” due to not staying refrigerated as is noted as necessary. If another try proves unpleasant then I have have wasted my money.

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    September 10, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I enjoy the vegan turmeric elixir of life…can it really help you to calm or detox a overworked pancreas

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    November 6, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    kay – I had the same stomach pains you described.

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    January 30, 2017 at 9:43 am

    It is very unprofessional to have a site where the main topic is misspelled. “Turmeric” – not “Tumeric.”

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