Zuma Nutrition’s new Rejuvenation Blend has been specifically designed to provide you with an uplifting sense of wakefulness, energy, and aliveness. The particular combination of organic herbs in this formula come together to offer the body real nourishment and healing. Each herb is a medicine in and of itself, and blended together, they make for one truly rejuvenating tonic.
Mucuna pruriens, the first ingredient in our Rejuvenation Blend, is a creeping vine that grows all over India—particularly in the tropics—and is also found in tropical regions of Africa and the Caribbean. This wonderful herb has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over two thousand years, and has been known to support a healthy central & peripheral nervous system, support the body’s ability to handle stress, support physical balance & posture, promote healthy motor skills & coordination, improve energy & endurance, support the intellect, bolster libido, and revitalize both the male & female reproductive systems. Mucuna is also a natural source of levodopa (L-dopa), an essential precursor of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine has many functions in the brain and in the nervous system as a whole; it plays an important role in behavior, cognition, voluntary movement, sleep, mood, working memory, and learning. Though dopamine has been synthesized and can be administered directly, L-dopa reaches the central nervous system more readily and is actually more effective in supporting a body with already healthy dopamine levels. L-dopa has been shown to improve cognitive function, increase testosterone levels and libido, improve mental alertness, and increase motivation.
The next ingredient in this blend is green coffee bean. Many people are unaware that coffee beans are actually green, and that it only becomes brown once roasted. Coffee beans are roasted to alter the bean’s taste, aroma, and color, but it also alters the bean’s chemical structure and nutrient concentration. This means that the health benefits associated with drinking coffee and consuming green coffee bean extract, are quite different. In particular, chlorogenic acid and caffeine are responsible for the green coffee bean’s health food status. Chlorogenic acid is an antioxidant, the amount of chlorogenic acid is much hugher in green coffee beans than in the roasted variety, as much of it is lost during the roasting process. The body quickly absorbs and metabolizes chlorogenic acid, meaning our bodies can easily take advantage of its bountiful health benefits. Coffee is often given a bad rep because of caffeine. While drinking several cups of coffee to stay awake may not be the healthiest choice, in small amounts, caffeine actually provides many health benefits. It improves mood and brain function, protects against heart disease, enhances performance, boosts your metabolism, and helps you maintain a healthy weight.
The next ingredient in our relaxation blend is Moringa leaf, another plant that has been praised for its health benefits for thousands of years. Being very rich in healthy antioxidants and bioactive plant compounds, Moringa helps to eliminate free radicals from the body that cause oxidative stress, which is often associated with chronic diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Moringa also contains anti-inflammatory compounds known as isothiocyanates, which help to reduce swelling and inflammation in the body.
Tulsi, another herb in our rejuvenation blend, has gone by numerous names throughout history. It has been called “Holy Basil,” "The Incomparable One" and the "Elixir of Life." The incredible healing properties of this herb show that it is worthy of its many impressive titles. Tulsi is a powerful adaptogenic herb, which helps in the reduction of stress and stabilization of the mind. It is anti-inflammatory, high in antioxidants, immune-modulating (able to increase or decrease the immune system's activity to the optimal level), and has antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties that are comparable to diazepam and other antidepressant drugs.
Amla, or Indian gooseberry, is an extremely sour, nutritious fruit of a tree which grows in India, the Middle East, and a few other Southeast Asian countries. Due to its powerful antioxidant properties, it is often used as in Ayurvedic medicines to boost skin and hair health, and also overall immunity of the body. Due to the many phenolic compounds in Amla, it is a powerful antioxidant, helping the body to recover from oxidative stress.
Ginger has long been recognized for its soothing qualities, as well as its properties of improving digestion, helping those suffering from nausea, and reducing inflammation in the body. It is high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and has also been shown to reduce muscle pain and soreness in the body.
Turmeric is also in the Zingiberaceae family, making it a close cousin of ginger. Like ginger, turmeric is also well known for its anti-inflammatory and medicinal qualities. It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb, and recently, science has started to back up what Indians have known for a long time — that turmeric really does contain compounds with powerful healing properties. These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin, which is known to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant, helping to fight chronic inflammation in the body. Curcumin has also shown some promise in treating depression. In a controlled trial, 60 people with depression were randomized into three groups. One group took Prozac, another group took one gram of curcumin, and the third group took both Prozac and curcumin. After 6 weeks, curcumin had led to improvements that were similar to Prozac. According to this small study, curcumin is as effective as an antidepressant. Depression is also linked to reduced levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and a shrinking hippocampus, a brain area with a role in learning and memory. Curcumin boosts BDNF levels, potentially reversing some of these changes. There is also some evidence that curcumin can boost the brain neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.
Aloe vera, a popular medicinal plant, has been used for centuries for its healing properties. Each leaf is full of a slimy tissue that stores water, which makes the leaves thick. This slimy, water-filled tissue is the "gel" we associate with Aloe vera products. The gel contains most of the bioactive compounds in the plant, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. It also lowers blood sugar levels and soothes irritation in the stomach.
Finally, the last herb in our medicinal blend is Fenugreek, an interesting herb with diverse uses and many health benefits. Fenugreek has been shown to balance cholesterol, soothe upset stomach and digestive problems, reduce menstrual cramps, maintain liver and kidney health, soothe muscle pain, and even reduce fever.
Together, these powerful medicinal herbs function as a truly rejuvenating tonic, helping to naturally energize the body and enhance your levels of vitality and vigor. With so much demanded of us in our often-busy modern lives, we can all benefit from the help of these herbal allies now more than ever. Zuma’s rejuvenation blend was designed to offer a safe, healthy, and effective way of naturally supplying the body with greater levels of energy and enhancing physical and mental performance, allowing you to have the energy you need to achieve your goals and be the best version of yourself.