Alchemy Golden Turmeric Elixir Review
Posted on 06 October 2016 by Leonie Satori
Rarely a day goes by in our health centre when the popular herb turmeric is not mentioned. Most would know that when a concentrated turmeric drink such as Alchemy Golden Turmeric Elixir becomes available to purchase, I will jump at the chance to give this herbal drink a test run.
Turmeric as a Medicinal Herb
Turmeric is known botanically as Curcuma longa and Haridra in Ayurvedic medicine. It has a long history of use in Ayurveda as a medicinal herb and is considered tridoshic, or balancing for all three doshas (Ayurvedic constitutions). While it is the dried powdered herb that is commonly used in Ayurveda, the juice on its own was traditionally used topically on wounds, bruises and leech bites. Traditional Ayurvedic applications for turmeric include skin complaints, digestive disorders, the cardiovascular system and joint complaints, among many other therapeutic uses.
With more modern research looking into the scientific validation of the traditional uses of turmeric, it is understandable that turmeric has well and truly become the flavour of the month, if not the year. Modern application for medicinal turmeric herb includes, but is not limited to: cholesterol management, blood sugar regulation and any inflammatory disorders including digestive and joint inflammation. Research on the therapeutic affects of turmeric also suggest antioxidant and anti cancer qualities, making turmeric naturally ideal for many chronic Western health conditions.
What is Alchemy Golden Turmeric Elixir?
Alchemy Golden Turmeric Elixir is an Australian made formula which is made from the extracted juice of locally grown turmeric root and a combination of other digestive herbs including black pepper, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger. In traditional Western Herbal Medicine, this kind of herbal product would be called by a now unpopular term 'succus' - the juice of a herb in a concentrated form. This method of using fresh herb to extract juice is a simple way to administer 'juicy' herbs that are also too tough to consume on their own because of the fibres.
When it comes to a convenient way to administer turmeric, Alchemy Golden Turmeric Elixir comes out on top. Alchemy Golden Turmeric Elixir can be combined with either hot or cold milk of your liking, and because the fibres of the herb have been removed, you do not have the grittiness of powdered turmeric drinks and also there is little preparation required.
Using Alchemy Golden Turmeric Elixir
The recommended 'dose' for Alchemy Golden Turmeric Elixir is 15mL, added to either cool or warmed milk. This herbal elixir pours like a rich, almost creamy liquid, the first smell that you notice is the ginger and then the earthy smell of turmeric. This formula mixes really easily with either cold milk or warmed milk (I used rice milk) and doesn't seem to settle or separate the milk.
When you first taste Alchemy Golden Turmeric Elixir, either hot or cold, the first taste is sweet and then the spiciness of the ginger, and the taste of turmeric lingers in the background. I was quite surprised at the sweetness of this formula and decided to try it neat (yes, I had a big swig straight from the bottle), and while it is quite gingery, the sweetness of the sugar makes it more palatable and not quite as herbal as I had anticipated.
In the warmer weather, Alchemy Golden Turmeric Elixir is great added to smoothies, include it with some fresh pineapple, banana and some protein powder and you will have a nutritious smoothie with the added benefit of turmeric. Check out our article Delicious Ways to Jazz-Up Your Protein Smoothie for some more ideas.
What I Love About Alchemy Golden Turmeric Elixir
Made using turmeric and ginger and other herbs mostly sourced in Australia, this is a nice Australian made herbal formula that would be suitable for people to use at home or for cafe owners to stock in their kitchen for customers preferring a caffeine free warm or cold turmeric drink. The ease of preparation and mix-ability of this herbal drink makes it suitable for those wanting a new and different way to include more anti-inflammatory turmeric into their diet.
For those wanting a convenient caffeine free alternative to coffee, Alchemy Golden Turmeric Elixir will be a hit in your household. So easy to drink, incredibly palatable, with a nice hit of gingery-ness, this would be suitable for children or those unfamiliar with herbal drinks. Also, because of the minimal preparation required, this turmeric formula does not come with the mysterious yellow strains on graters, juicers and chopping boards that many have grown to accept when preparing fresh turmeric at home. So, it is less messy, but will still stain most things that it comes into contact with.
My Gripes About Alchemy Golden Turmeric Elixir
Setting my expectations quite high before trying this formula, as a Herbalist I was hoping to see greater amounts of actual herbs in this formula, less sugar and less water. Ok, so I realise that the manufacturers, Alchemy also make a range of cordials, so this is their speciality, but I was wanting a good potent herbal drink to have when I was short on time.
Reading the list of ingredients, cane sugar comes first (grrrr) and then water and then only small percentages of turmeric and the other herbal ingredients. For those wanting to include more turmeric in their diet for therapeutic reasons, Alchemy Golden Turmeric Elixir may not provide enough of the medicinal components of this herb to warrant usage in this fashion.
Update July 2017: Alchemy Golden Turmeric Elixir has been reformulated to include less sugar (maybe they read our review). We have tasted it and it is definitely less sweet.
In conclusion, I would suggest this herbal beverage for those wanting a sweet herbal drink to help with ceasing or reducing coffee. However for those stalwart herbal nuts (like me) or for those using turmeric for medicinal and therapeutic purposes I would suggest either concentrated turmeric supplements (available in our herbal dispensary) or our Ayurvedic Turmeric Tea. As mentioned in this article on our Turmeric Milk Drink, the active constituent in turmeric, curcumin is difficult to absorb, so our powdered formula Ayurvedic Turmeric Tea, when used as per our directions provides more of these anti-inflammatory curcumins in a bio-available format.
About the Author
Leonie is a Naturopath & Medical Herbalist with a passion for good food, healthy living and of course, herbal medicine. When she is not consulting in her wellness clinic in Lismore or blogging about nutrition, Ayurvedic Medicine or natural health, she is studying yoga, growing her own herbs and vegetables or quietly walking in the natural bush land in Northern Rivers NSW.
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