Liquid Light is one of FOND’s best-sellers because of its warm, comforting, and grounding qualities. Made with earthy turmeric, balancing cracked black pepper, and fresh thyme, this bone broth is like a warm hug at first sip.
So, why this combination of ingredients? FOND’s Founder & CEO, Alysa, shares her story about crafting Liquid Light:
Let’s dig deeper into the health benefits of each ingredient in Liquid Light.
Turmeric is a flowering plant in the ginger family, and its roots are what we often use in cooking. It has a warm, bitter, black pepper-like flavor and an earthy, mustard-like aroma.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful, anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. It neutralizes free radicals on its own, but also stimulates your body’s own antioxidant enzymes.
Curcumin is also linked to improved brain function and a lower risk of brain diseases since it boosts levels of the hormone BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor).
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the world. Curcumin has been shown to improve the function of the endothelium, which is the lining of your blood vessels. Endothelial dysfunction is a major driver of heart disease and involves an inability of your endothelium to regulate blood pressure, blood clotting, and various other factors
Unfortunately, curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream on its own. It helps to consume black pepper with it, which contains piperine, a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2,000%! That’s why we have paired turmeric with black pepper in Liquid Light.
Balancing Black Pepper
Black pepper is one of the most common spices used worldwide. Pepper is made by grinding peppercorns, which are dried berries from the vine Piper nigrum. It has a sharp and mildly spicy flavor. We often use it to season our foods, but rarely stop to think about the potential benefits that pepper may have.
Black pepper is rich in a potent antioxidant called piperine, which may help prevent free radical damage to your cells. But piperine doesn’t stop there, it also fights chronic inflammation, an underlying factor in many conditions, such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Piperine has also demonstrated potential benefits for symptoms related to degenerative brain conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
The makeup of your gut bacteria has been linked to immune function, mood, chronic diseases, and more. Preliminary research suggests that black pepper may increase the good bacteria in your gut.
To round out the turmeric and black pepper, the final addition to Liquid Light is thyme, an herb from the mint family.
Thyme for more health benefits! Another common kitchen staple, thyme has been used for thousands of years with a wide variety of uses. Ancient Egyptians used thyme in their embalming practices while Ancient Greeks used it as incense. Its distinctive taste makes it perfect for added flavor in your cooking, but it also possesses many medicinal properties as well.
Thyme is widely known for its antibacterial properties - say goodbye, acne! Thyme is also packed with vitamin C and vitamin A, both of which may help you fight off a common cold.
Perhaps the reason we’re most FOND of thyme is its natural mood-boosting effect! Thyme essential oil is often used for aromatic and therapeutic purposes because of its active substance carvacrol. “Carvacrol, administered for seven consecutive days (12.5 mg/kg p.o.), was able to increase dopamine and serotonin levels in the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus.”
It’s no wonder that Alysa carefully chose these three ingredients to make up the calming Liquid Light chicken bone broth that we all know and love!