The New Kombucha: Ayurvedic Drinks

Yoga's sister science goes mainstream with new bottled beverages made from traditional healing ingredients.
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Yoga's sister science goes mainstream with new bottled beverages made from traditional healing ingredients.
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Yogis have turned to Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, to bolster their health for centuries. The ancient Indian healing system prescribes herbs and spices, specific foods, and self-care practices to bring your system into balance. Like yoga before it, Westerners are beginning to embrace Ayurveda as a sensible, natural way promote health and beauty. And while a true Ayurvedic diagnosis comes from consultation with a trained medical specialist who will determine your constitution, which is composed of the specific balance of the three doshas—vata, pitta, and kapha—in your system, there are general Ayurvedic principles that can benefit anyone.

Enter Ayurvedic beverages, drinks made from spices and other natural ingredients, such as turmeric, ginger, cumin, peppercorn, cinnamon, mint, and other ingredients, revered for their tonifying, heating, or cooling properties in Ayurveda, and which have confirmed antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal benefits, among others.

Manjoor Estate

Founded by Sunitha Ramaiah, a former corporate lawyer who is putting a hip new spin on the traditions learned on her family's spice estate in Southern India, this "haute spice" drink line includes lassis, coconut-water infusions, juice, and beer. Sold in kits or in individual bottles.

Mission Root

These bottled drinks are made from the Ayurvedic herbs tulsi, hibiscus, and amla. The company was founded by first-generation American Soham Patel, who has been quoted saying that his aim is to bring Ayurveda from India to America. Sold in Whole Foods Markets throughout New England.

Yogaveda

Sold in colorful bottles designed to look like someone sitting in Lotus Pose, Yogaveda "health drinks" blend Ayurvedic herbs with guava, lychee, mango, and passion fruit. According to the company's website, rather than addressing a specific dosha, the formulations employ the concept of panchanga, or five parts, to provide "complete health and wellness with life-enhancement qualities."

Tumeric Alive

Marketed as “yoga in a bottle,” Tumeric Alive's line of drinks all derive from turmeric, revered in Ayurveda for its tri-doshic balancing, and healing properties. Turmeric, and its active ingredient curcumin, has also been shown to exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities in numerous studies.