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Turmeric for the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s

Posted by Season Hughes on

Elderly people in India have the lowest incidence of Alzheimer’s in the world—only 1%. Scientists believe it is turmeric, a staple of the Indian diet, that causes such a low rate of the disease.


Ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine have used turmeric to treat a variety of ailments, from colic, to menstrual irregularities, even flatulence. Now modern medicine is finding that turmeric could prevent and even treatment Alzheimer’s disease.


Before we look at some of the research, let’s take a second to ask: What is it that makes turmeric so healthy anyways and how to consume it?


Bioavailable Curcumin


The answer is Curcumin. Curcumin is the compound in turmeric that researchers are finding evidence could be responsible for the treatment and prevention in Alzheimer’s disease. Many people think they can just eat turmeric by itself to get its benefits, but really, curcumin is not bioavailable unless consumed with piperine (the active element in black pepper), and fat. Think about it: why do Indian curries often include black pepper and always butter? They're making their curcumin bulletproof! That is why Copper Cup turmeric latte contains black pepper and fat-rich coconut milk powder.


Now the Science


In 2002, scientists at UCLA studied the effects of curcumin on elderly rats. They found it suppressed oxidative (toxic) brain damage and reduced beta-amyloid, a protein that clumps up into a plaque in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. The rats who took turmeric supplements also performed better in maze tests. A second study by the same group of scientists found doses of turmeric reduced beta-amyloid buildup, and lowered inflammation and oxidation.


A separate study in 2009 demonstrated optimized turmeric extract, enriched with both curcumin and turmerones (another compound of turmeric), performed better at inhibiting the aggregation and release than of pure curcumin alone.


Three years later, in 2012, scientists administered curcumin to groups of fruit flies exhibiting Alzheimer’s symptoms through genetic manipulation. The flies who received in lived up to 75% longer and maintained their mobility compared to flies who did not receive the curcumin.


Studies continue to research the interaction between properties of turmeric and the proteins linked to Alzheimer’s disease, including a 2017 study in Naples designed to isolate and monitor these interactions.


Conclusion


What it boils down to is promising findings that the properties of turmeric act as anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories and, specifically, clearers of the beta-amyloid proteins that are a prominent characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease.


Sources

Bone, Kerry. "Turmeric and prevention of Alzheimer's disease. (Phytotherapy Review & Commentary)." Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, Nov. 2002, p. 154. General OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A93736450/ITOF?u=sfpl_main&sid=ITOF&xid=ba593c78. Accessed 11 Mar. 2018.


"Findings from University of Naples Federico II Reveals New Findings on Alzheimer Disease (Investigating the Neuroprotective Effects of Turmeric Extract: Structural Interactions of beta-Amyloid Peptide with Single Curcuminoids)." Health & Medicine Week, 20 Jan. 2017, p. 782. Academic OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A477565922/AONE?u=sfpl_main&sid=AONE&xid=33ae66a3. Accessed 11 Mar. 2018.


"HerbalScience Research Demonstrates that Optimized Turmeric Extract Inhibits Amyloid-Beta Accumulation, a Hallmark of Alzheimer's Disease." Biotech Business Week, 14 Sept. 2009, p. 99. General OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A207560365/ITOF?u=sfpl_main&sid=ITOF&xid=304f2300. Accessed 11 Mar. 2018.


Joychandra, O., and Varkung Valte. "A review--probable mechanism of action of curcumin for the treatment of Alzheimer disease (AD)." Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences, vol. 2, no. 2, 2013, p. 133+. Academic OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A362849683/AONE?u=sfpl_main&sid=AONE&xid=5cef9836. Accessed 11 Mar. 2018.


"Research Brief: Curry stems progress of Alzheimer's disease." GP, 13 Oct. 2006, p. 02. General OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A152695294/ITOF?u=sfpl_main&sid=ITOF&xid=02dbe2b6. Accessed 11 Mar. 2018.


"Turmeric-based drug effective on Alzheimer flies." Biotech Week, 29 Feb. 2012, p. 1942. Academic OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A283719240/AONE?u=sfpl_main&sid=AONE&xid=fbe672f3. Accessed 11 Mar. 2018.
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Two New Copper Cup Flavors - Red & Supergreens Lattes

Posted by Adam Braus on

My mama always told me that a colorful plate was a healthy one. So far Copper Cup has only had one bright, gold color, until today. 

We at Copper Cup are pleased to reveal two new sister flavors to the original Turmeric Latte: the Red and Supergreens Lattes!

(We also added Gift Cards and $10 Gift Wrapping on any order) :D

These two new sister flavors fulfill the same promise of Copper Cup's Turmeric Latte, but using different delicious and healthy ingredients. Both of the new flavors are organic, vegan, and caffeine free. Both are safe and healthy for children and adults to drink. Both include powerful adaptogenic spices, similar in strength to turmeric, that will give you energy while making you feel your absolute best.

So what is in them?

New Organic Ingredients

The Red Latte includes: a Beet-Raspberry blend, Coconut Milk, Coconut Sugar, Schisandra Berries, Cayenne, Ginger, and Vanilla.

The Supergreens Latte includes: Wheatgrass, Spirulina, Chlorella, Coconut Milk, Coconut Sugar, Ginseng, Ginger, and Vanilla.

How We Developed the Two New Recipes 

Sometimes people ask about how we make Copper Cup, so here's the insider scoop about how to make an awesome new food recipe. Just go for it!

When I started experimenting with new flavors, I always started with organic, vegan, and caffeine free ingredients. Like the turmeric latte, I wanted to ditch caffeine and instead deliver energy to people using adaptogenic herbs and spices. Energy without the jitters! Each of the new flavors starts with superfoods and then adds a medicinal dose of one or more powerful adaptogens.

The Supergreens Latte is very green. When you first smell it, you'll think we just sent you matcha. Do not be fooled. There is no matcha and no caffeine in this mix. What you are smelling is our own developed supergreens blend of Wheatgrass, Spirulina, and Chlorella which together provide hard-to-get phytonutrients, chlorophyll, and plant amino acids. To this superfood base, we added the ancient adaptogen Ginseng. This ultra-powerful adaptogenic herb that 

I always had a hunch that the Supergreens Latte was going to be a hit, but it took some time and experimentation to figure out the Red Latte recipe.

At first I was trying to make a blue latte using organic blueberry, but it doesn't dissolve in milk. Then I tried to make a purple latte with taro and the adaptogen maca, but the flavor was too starchy and thick. I had tasted "Beet Lattes" before at a few cafes, but I know not everyone loves beets, so I was steering away from that. I experimented with strawberries, raspberries, and pomegranates, and had a lot of luck with raspberries. That lead me to the big discovery! Raspberries covered over the grassiness of beets! And so a beet-raspberry became the base of the Red Latte. 

The Red Latte still needed its superfood. Using the color red as my guide I honed in on Schisandra Berry and Cayenne Pepper. You probably haven't heard of Schisandra Berry, but please please please check it out. Schisandra Berry is a very potent adaptogen. Like all adaptogens it has been proven to reduce levels of the stress hormone (cortisol) in the body, reduce feelings of fatigue, and increase energy levels. Each adaptogen has its own strength, and Schisandra Berry's is providing a burst of clean, warm energy to your body and mood.

Saddled up with Schisandra Berry is Cayenne Pepper. In the Turmeric Latte, Cayenne Pepper is just for a bit of spice, but in the Red Latte, we've more than quadrupled the amount of Cayenne upping in to a medicinal dose. (Don't worry, the beet-raspberry base makes it not too spicy). Cayenne Pepper increases circulation, bodily warmth, and energy. All that heat and circulation makes it a known and popular aphrodisiac. Please use Copper Cup Red Latte responsibly! :D

The Next Step: Gratitude

Copper Cup has been running and growing for two full years now, and we feel that these new flavors are really a sign of the times. Copper Cup is getting all grown up :*). 

We could never have accomplished even one step of this journey of making an incredible new product and growing company without the help of everyone of you, whether you've only tried samples sachets or if you are a Copper Cup lifer, we survive and thrive together as a community of people who believe that food is sacred and is medicine for our spirits and our bodies. So thank you, thank you, thank you for every time you supported Copper Cup by sharing us with your friends, families, colleagues, and communities. 

What's on the horizon for Copper Cup? You tell us! :D

Thanks!

Adam & Kat

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The Secret to Enjoying the Benefits of Turmeric

Posted by Adam Braus on

Why I Started Copper Cup

I started Copper Cup to make it easy for anyone to enjoy the benefits of turmeric. Read on to learn about turmeric's many benefits and the surprising keys to unlock them in your own home.

Reduce Inflammation

Turmeric is an incredible spice that people are only now beginning to understand its benefits. Its biggest and most scientifically supported benefit is turmeric is an Anti-Inflammatory meaning it reduces the inflammation of your whole body: your cells, joints, muscles, and digestive system. This reduces join pain, relaxes muscles, helps headaches, and improves digestion. Inflammation is also big part of aging, so reducing inflammation promotes overall wellness and longevity.

Stabilize Your Mood

Turmeric is also proven to have a stabilizing effect on your mood and energy levels. Turmeric is what is called an Adaptogen meaning it helps your body metabolize stress. When you drink a golden milk or a Copper Cup Turmeric Latte you warm, relaxed, energized, and good. The feeling is gentle and not like anything else. You really just have to try it to see how good it feels. 

Because there isn't any caffeine in it, turmeric is safe for moms, kids, pregnant women, and anyone else. And there is no buzz and no crash.

Turmeric lattes gives you clear-headed energy, but is also the perfect drink for before bed. I like it especially after work around 5pm to relax and destress before the evening begins. My friend Dan loves it at 3pm to give himself a bump of energy at the end of the day.

Forget Turmeric Pills

If there is one thing you need to know about the benefits of turmeric, it's "Do not to take turmeric pills!" Many herbal and supplement brands offer a turmeric pill, but it really won't help you that much. Why? 

The active ingredient in turmeric is called Curcumin - and curcumin is only available to your metabolism if two other things are present: black pepper, and fat.

Turmeric pills might have "piperine" in them - the active herbal ingredient in normal, household black pepper, but even with piperine, these pills are literally 50x less potent because they lack the second critical ingredient: fat.

Turmeric only becomes fully available to your body when it is dissolved in or consumed with a lipid - in other words - it needs to be in or with some fat. That means if you want to enjoy turmeric, make it bullet proof, add some butter, coconut milk, coconut milk, anything fatty!

Golden Milk or a Golden Latte

Indian people have an ancient remedy called Golden Milk that unlocks the benefits of turmeric by making turmeric's curcumin available to the body. Golden Milk is turmeric mixed with milk and black pepper. The fat, the key to unlocking turmeric's anti-inflammatory benefits is in that fatty milk. Ancient Indians didn't drink skim folks, they drank it straight from the cow. We're talking some whole milk.

How to Make Golden Milk At Home

To enjoy the benefits of turmeric, you can make golden milk at home on the stove, just heat up some whole milk or fatty milk of your choice, add some turmeric, and crack some black pepper into it. You are ready!

I got kinda tired of all that work, so I mixed up an organic, instant golden powder. I started giving it away to my friends, and then their friends started wanting to buy it, so that basically explains why Copper Cup is a thing. 

So whether you are making golden milk at home or buying Copper Cup's mix, I hope you and your family and friends are enjoying the benefits of turmeric! 

 

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Wellness Wednesday - Turmeric

Posted by Celina Murphy on

"Health trends come and go, but turmeric’s place in the limelight is here to stay." You’ve probably seen it just about everywhere, from our Turmeric Lattes to DIY face masks. Don’t be too quick to dismiss this ancient Indian spice as just another health fad, it’s time to take a closer look at Turmeric:

10 Ways Turmeric Might Be Superior To Modern Medicine
By Hilary Lebow

The use of turmeric dates back to nearly 4,000 years ago to the Vedic culture in India. Back then it was used primarily as a cooking spice, with some religious significance. Today, it has migrated across the globe for a range of applications, both culinary and medicinal. While there are some skeptics about its medicinal efficacy, there are thousands of peer-reviewed studies to date highlighting turmeric’s versatility in whole-body healing.

Turmeric can improve digestion, control unwanted facial hair, remove dandruff, enhance memory, fade stretch marks and much, much more. Is there anything it can’t do? Maybe, but this beloved Indian spice continues to surge in popularity year after year as the world discovers its numerous health benefits. Google searches for turmeric have increased 300 percent in the last five years, along with other superfoods like coconut oil and apple cider vinegar. So go ahead — jump on the bandwagon.

Turmeric’s role in modern medicine

A healthy lifestyle with turmeric may help prevent disease and overmedication.
Let’s think about the modern medical system for a moment, and how it differs from alternative health. Consider this scenario: you’re tired, stressed and you’re eating out all the time. You come down with a nasty infection and head straight to the doctor. They prescribe you antibiotics. Over the course of a week, your meds wipe out the bacteria in your gut, both good and bad. You’re cured of the first infection, but get walloped with a second infection while you’re immune system is down, paving the way for more medications with more side effects. On and on until you’re 100 percent better… a month later.

That’s our modern medical system — a reactionary approach.

Now, consider this: All year round you eat organic, whole foods and stay away from junk food. You meditate, you hydrate, you exercise, you get eight hours of sleep a night. You lead a low-stress lifestyle, you supplement your diet with plenty of probiotics and you sprinkle turmeric on many of your recipes. When everyone around you gets an infection, you might get sick. However, because you’ve strengthened your immune system through the seasons, chances are your body will be able to fight off the infection on its own.

That’s alternative health — a proactive approach.

In the first scenario, you’ve caused your body unnecessary damage, which takes time and resources to fix. In the second case, you’ve relied on your body’s own faculties to take care of the problem before it strikes. That’s where turmeric fits in. It can be used as part of an overall healthy lifestyle to give your body the support it deserves. Here are ten ways that turmeric can improve your health:

1. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties

This sunny spice belongs at the top of our list for its inflammation-fighting powers. Chronic inflammation caused by a poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle causes dangerous diseases over the long haul, including cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and more. Adding turmeric to your diet is a simple way to add a kick of flavor to your dishes while allowing your body to do what it does best: keep you healthy. Turns out, the active compound in turmeric — curcumin — is on par with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, without all the harmful side effects.

2. It’s an antidepressant

Yes, a simple spice may really be able to improve your mood. In one study, researchers tested stressed-out lab rats displaying depression-like symptoms along with adrenal issues, caused by a prolonged elevation in stress hormones. Surprisingly, they found that curcumin helped to alleviate negative physiological effects. “These results provide compelling evidence that the behavioral effects of curcumin in chronically stressed animals, and by extension humans, may be related to their modulating effects on the HPA axis and neurotrophin factor expressions,” wrote the authors. That’s fancy talk for curcumin’s powerful impact on the brain.

3. It kills cancer cells

Over the years, researchers have examined curcumin’s role in treating various forms of cancer. Several studies have found that curcumin can significantly inhibit the development and movement of cancer cells through the body. It does this by reducing the growth of new blood vessels in tumors, called angiogenesis. Curcumin may also contribute to the cancer cell death directly, though more research is needed in this area.

4. It reduces pain

The curcumin in turmeric can help to relieve pain.
Chronic pain is one of the biggest problems in our country, sending many towards over-the-counter or prescription pain medications. The problem is, they are more dangerous than you might think. For example, acetaminophen, sold under the name Tylenol, is associated with 50 percent of acute liver failure in the states. “Tylenol is responsible for more than 56,000 emergency room visits, 2,600 hospitalizations and an estimated 458 deaths due to acute liver failure each year,” says a study published in Hepatology. Curcumin, on the other hand, may alleviate pain naturally, according to researchers.

5. It increases cognitive capacity

Alzheimer’s disease has been linked to low levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), an important neurologic growth hormone. Several studies have shown that curcumin in turmeric can increase levels of BDNF in the human brain, perhaps causing neurological disorders to delay or even reverse. Additionally, scientists now suspect that curcumin may improve memory and increase cognitive capacity, something we could all use a little more of.

6. It fights heart disease

Endothelial dysfunction is a common cause of heart disease. It occurs when the endothelium (the lining on your blood vessels) can no longer regulate blood pressure and clotting. Fortunately, researchers have found that curcumin can help your endothelium by raising nitric oxide availability and reducing oxidative stress, similar to exercise. Improved endothelial function means you have a lower risk of heart disease. Thanks, turmeric!

7. It reduces symptoms of arthritis

In one study, researchers evaluated three groups of rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. They gave one group 500 milligrams of curcumin, another group diclofenac sodium (50 milligrams), and a third group with the combination of the two. They found that the curcumin group had the highest reduction in tenderness and swelling of the joints. “These scores were significantly better than the patients in the diclofenac sodium group. More importantly, curcumin treatment was found to be safe and did not relate with any adverse events,” wrote the study authors.

8. It can alleviate PMS symptoms

Turmeric may be able to alleviate PMS symptoms.
A study published in Neuropeptides found that curcumin contains properties that can alleviate PMS symptoms. The researchers conducted a trial on 70 young women. Half of the participants took curcumin for three menstrual cycles, while the other half took a placebo. At the end of the study, researchers discovered that PMS symptoms were “significantly reduced” for the curcumin group.

9. It can help irritable bowel disease (IBD)

Researchers have found that curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties may prove beneficial for the GI tract, perhaps by blocking inflammatory cytokines. In one study, researchers gave patients 360 milligrams of curcumin three or four times a day over the course of three months. At the end of the study, they found that curcumin significantly reduced clinical relapse in patients with IBD. Though the research so far looks promising, more studies are needed to confirm the link.

10. It can treat skin issues

Turmeric may be able to provide therapeutic benefits for your skin health. In one meta-analysis, researchers reviewed eight studies on the topical application of turmeric and its effects on the skin. The skin conditions included acne, alopecia, atopic dermatitis, facial photoaging, oral lichen planus, pruritus, psoriasis, radiodermatitis and vitiligo. Researchers noted “statistically significant improvement” in dermatological issues for the curcumin treatment group in comparison to the control group.
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Copper Cup Lovers: Shayne Dante, Equestrian 🏇🏼

Posted by Celina Murphy on

We received this note from one of our dedicated customer's, Shayne. Shayne is an international dressage competitor and wanted to share her Copper Cup story.

"As a young professional with big dreams, my day is always organized chaos. I ride anywhere from 10-15 horses a day. On top of that, I coach my clients, I travel to teach clinics, I travel for competitions, and I spend long nights chipping away at my business, Ride To The Max. My life is so busy! 

Unfortunately, as much as I love what I do, I have been fighting chronic kidney stones for about 10 years. Coffee (caffeine) is a big trigger for me.... but it's so hard to not use it as a go to boost throughout my day!

A friend of mine introduced me to Copper Cup as a healthy, yummy alternative to my much needed coffee in between rides. I fell in love... even my horses try to snag a sip! It's caffeine free, it comes in easy to use pouches, and the flavor is addicting.

Thank you Copper Cup for making my day easier and keeping my health on track!

Sincerely,

Shayne"

Thank you, Shayne for taking the time to tell us how Copper Cup has benefited your life.  

If you have a story on how Copper Cup has helped you, please share your story with us here.

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