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In The News! "Just Your Cup of Tea" UC Davis Aggie

We're honored to be featured alongside Temple Coffee who are consistently ranked in the top 10 Coffee Roasters in the Country by CoffeeReview.com

http://www.coffeereview.com/top-30-coffees-2016/

From the Article:

Root of Happiness Kava Bar, another shop in Davis that serves an unconventional form of tea, bases its entire menu on a particular kind of “tea” made from steeping kava root in water. Ava Taesali, assistant manager of the bar, explained the intricacies of kava and its benefits as a tea.

“The kava plant comes from the South Pacific Islands, such as Hawaii, Fiji and Samoa, and has a lot of natural anti-anxiety and relaxation properties to help soothe the brain and muscles,” Taesali said. “There’s a lot of benefits to drinking kava but mainly it is just going to make you feel really happy and good without any fogginess in the head.” 

Pacific island cultures have been consuming kava for over 3,000 years because of its positive effect on the mind and spirit. After drinking kava, people can expect to instantly feel relaxed not only in the body but also in the mind, as well as ready to socialize with anyone they meet.

Whether students are looking to relax after a long day of classes or simply change up their daily routine, Temple and Root of Happiness are leaders in providing nontoxic, exotic and sustainably grown teas to help students achieve this.

Written by: Gillian Allen — features@theaggie.org

https://theaggie.org/2016/11/21/just-your-cup-of-tea/

Polynesian Gold™ Brand Kava Extracts - Feel like Hawaiian Kava, only 4 times stronger!

We've always taken pride in our Polynesian Gold™ Brand of Kava extracts but recent research proves what we've already known all along, they're the best in the world!

A recent study published in the Journal of Food Science Technology (DOI: 10.1007/s13197-013-1047-2) co-authored by Wang and Bidderbender, explored the chemotype of kava beverages prepared using arguably the most desirable kava variety in the world, the famous Hawaiian Mahakea variety.  Mahakea is highly desirable due to its potency and beautiful noble chemotype of either 426 or 462, it is considered by many to be the best variety of Kava available anywhere.

When the authors prepared a beverage from Mahkea roots acquired from Waimanalo Research Farm on Oahu, University of Hawaii, under laboratory settings, using 1:3 ratio of water to root in a blender, they found that the resulting beverage had a chemotype of 245.  "...The chemotypes of the first three kavalactones in the Mahakea rhizomes beverages were 245."  Thats right folks, when you prepare a kava beverage, the chemotype changes due to the varying degrees of solubility of the different lactones.  Perhaps you don't really like a 426 chemotype, perhaps you like the 245 chemotype that it turns into after you prepare a beverage from it!

We're proud to report that our current batch of Polynesian Gold™ Water Soluble Extract boasts 30% Kavalactones, is completely water soluble, and matches the desirable 245 chemotype of a kava beverage produced under laboratory conditions using high quality Hawaiian Mahakea variety Kava!  It just doesn't get any better than that.  Actually it does, Polynesian Gold™ Water Soluble Kava Extract is 3-4 times the potency of commercially available Mahakea root and is a fraction of the cost per serving.

Our Polynesian Gold™ 30% Water Soluble Extract is processed in a facility that is:

  • FDA GMP Certified and Audited
  • ISO 9001 Certified for Quality Management
  • ISO 14001 Certified for Environmental Management
  • ISO 22000 Certified for Food Safety Management
  • Kosher Certified
  • Halal Certified

 Bula!

 

Citation:

Journal of Food Science and Technology, 2015, Volume 52, Number 2, Page 1164 Jun Wang, Weiyue Qu, Harry C. Bittenbender, Qing X. Li

Root of Happiness KavaShot™ - 500mg Kavalactones in a 2 oz shot!

Root of Happiness KavaShot™ 500mg Kavalactones Kava Shots

We've seen many bottled Kava beverages over the years that have come and gone (failed) for one reason or another.  Some have tasted horrible, some have lacked potency, some have had shelf stability problems, and still others have had a nasty combination of these shortcomings. Kava is a complicated plant to put into a bottle as there are many problems that can go wrong due to kava's unique makeup.  This explains why in the past 3,000 years of kava usage, there have been very few products to have actually made it to market and even fewer that have stayed there for any length of time.  

For the purpose of this article, and without naming names, companies who produce inferior Kava Shots (usually targeting the smoke shop industry) will be referred to here on out as the "Kava Clowns".

KavaShots™ Vs. The Kava Clowns 50X Product

The Root of Happiness KavaShot™ has overcome all of the hurdles that have plagued its predecessors and is superior in every way to the the Kava Clown's products.  You'll hear ridiculous claims of 50X potency, or Organically extracted "Kava alkaloids", "Kavalactoids", "Kavalones" or any other number of ridiculous, uneducated claims about why their products are worth buying, but lets take a look at the facts.

Potency - Where Kava Clown's products lack potency, our KavaShot™ packs 500mg of noble Kavalactones. Thanks to Polynesian Gold™ extraction technology we're able to provide 2 X 250mg servings of noble chemotype Kavalactones in each bottle, more than enough potency to satisfy even the experienced kava drinker.

Solubility- No one wants to drink a bunch of clumpy, gritty, or slimy, particles at the end of their drink! Unlike Kava Klown beverages that use cheap Chinese made acetone-based extracts that are insoluble in water, our water soluble extracts won't clump up or separate out of the beverage.

Flavor - Other kava shot products are produced with cheap, ready-made Kava extracts that are made from peelings and low grade material that isn't suitable for drinking.  The poor quality that goes into these extracts is reflected in the taste. Since high quality Vanuatu roots go into making our beverage, the result is a mild flavor that pairs easily with our all natural tropical mango flavoring!

We're excited and proud to launch our KavaShots™ product.  We've been in the Kava industry for over a decade and this product is the result of YEARS of continuous refinement.  We know you'll enjoy all of the hard work and love that we've put into this one.

What is BioGinseng™ and how is it different from other "ginseng" products?

There are so many different "ginsengs" out there that it can be rather confusing to the consumer as to which one will fit their needs.  The marketplace is full of products labeled as 'Asian Ginseng' , 'Korean Ginseng', 'American Ginseng', 'Siberian Ginseng', 'White Ginseng', 'Red Ginseng' among others.  Whats the difference between all of these you might ask?  Lets delve into the topic in today's blog post.

Ginseng Defined

Asian Ginseng or Panax Ginseng refers to Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer.  It is True ginseng.  The active constituents for which ginseng is renowned are called ginsenosides and are unique to members of the Panax genus.  Panax ginseng comes in two forms, white and red.  The difference being that white ginseng is the fresh root that comes out of the ground and dried, versus red ginseng that has been steam treated before drying.  The steam process changes the chemical profile of the white ginseng and makes it more stimulating and warming.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine, White ginseng is considered cooling and balancing, while red ginseng is considered warming and stimulating.  

Other "Ginsengs" such as Siberian ginseng (Eulethero) or "Indian Ginseng" (Ashwghanda) play off from Ginsengs 5,000 year old name for having similar qualities, but at the end of the day they are not true ginsengs.  The FDA has even made companies stop calling their products "Ginseng" if they are not true Panax Genus Ginsengs.

The Numbers

White Korean Ginseng contains 36 Saponins.

Red Koren Ginseng contains 3 Saponins.

White Chinese Ginseng contains 14 Saponins.

American Ginseng contains 13 Saponins.

So we can see that simply by steaming white ginseng into red, it converts 36 Saponins down into 3.  Hence, red ginseng is much more stimulating due to the lack of balance that it has compared to the 36 saponins in its white, raw state. 

What is Root of Happiness BioGinseng™ and how is is different from all of these other Ginseng Products?

Our BioGinseng Extract is a “live” Ginseng extract that contains active B vitamins, over 40 trace minerals including Germanium, a high amount of ginsenosides and 14 saponins that have health enhancing effects on the body. Furthermore, due to our unique processing method, BioGinseng gets into the 4 times faster with 14 times the potency of standard commercial extracts. No other ginseng product on the market can make this claim!

Ginseng is the common name of Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer, a valuable Traditional Chinese medicinal herb. Ginseng is considered a supreme tonic herb in traditional Chinese medicine, one of the oldest and most comprehensive medicine systems in the world. The genus name ‘Panax’ is derived from the Greek word ‘Pan; meaning all or every and ‘Axos’, meaning “cure”. Thus “Panax” translates to cure-all. The term ‘ginseng’ is a combination of Chinese pin names ‘ren’ which has over the years been transposed into ‘gin’, meaning “man” and ‘seng’ which translates to “essence”. Thus, “Ginseng” literally translates to, “the essence of man” and it is thought to symbolize man’s essence- Body, mind, and spirit. The name Panax Ginseng translates to, “Cure all for man’s body, mind, and spirit.” It is thus referred to as the King of Herbs due to its ability to enhance vitality, and assist the body’s ability to adapt to various stressors such as strenuous work and age related nagging ailments. It can help with waning energy and focus, to fortifying the body’s defenses. Overall, it is difficult to find any one other herb that has as many positive effects on the body than Ginseng.

For this reason, we have sought out the very best ginseng available, paying particular attention to the growing, harvesting, processing, extraction, and concentration processes. Using ancient growing and processing techniques combined with 21st century advances in biotechnology, we’ve arrived at a ginseng product unlike any other on the market. It is important to understand that Ginseng is a sensitive “live” natural food that is loaded with biologically active constituents. Great care must go into both acquiring good starting material and preserving these constituents throughout the processing and extraction.

First, we utilize only Korean Panax Ginseng, the king of ginsengs, of 4-6 year maturity levels. Ginseng does not develop the full range of beneficial constituents, called ginsenosides, until a minimum of 4 years. Typically, younger roots are used in inferior products such as gas station vials of ginseng or poorly made energy drinks that are overly stimulating, warming, and jagged. To preserve all of the vitamins and minerals and of course, ginsenosides, our process uses whole roots and rootlets, and a no heat steaming method to process the fresh white ginseng into Red Panax. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the steaming process, all ginseng is white ginseng when it comes out of the ground until it is processed with steam to turn it into red ginseng through the oxidative process. Think of how an apple turns reddish or brown when it oxidizes in the open air. Many companies use a quick, high heat process that produces an unbalanced ginseng extract that is nearly devoid of important vitamins and minerals and other constituents which help to balance and support the action of ginsenosides in the body. One such constituent, a mineral known as Germanium, is considered by many researchers and medical professionals to be the world’s most effective natural blood cleanser. It is found in high amounts in our extract and nearly absent in commercially available ginseng products.

Ginseng has been shown in clinical studies to have the following benefits on health:

  • Aids in managing stress
  • Purifies the blood of toxins
  • Improves blood quality
  • Assists in balancing blood sugar
  • Mental clarity and focus
  • Stimulates and supports digestion
  • Supports strong immune system
  • Helps to alkalize your body
  • Helps to increase energy and vitality

We are confident that you will notice a difference in your everyday vitality with this product and we are proud to add this as part of our product line.

The above content is intended for informational and educational purposes only. The content should not be construed as medical advice or claims to treat, diagnose, or mitigate disease. Please consult with a qualified healthcare provider before making decisions about therapies and/or health conditions.

Introducing our new Premium Samoan Kava - 11.3% Potency

We've been extremely busy here at the Root of Happiness rolling out new products and tending to our farm.

Introducing our Premium Samoan Kava

This material comes from our newly acquired private farm in Western Samoa that has been growing kava for generations.  Some of the plants on the farm are well over 20 years old and test with a beautiful NOBLE NOBLE NOBLE chemotype of 436!  It doesn't get more noble than that folks.  We only get 50kg of this material per month so that we can sustainably grow this material for generations to come.  For every plant that we harvest, we plant 20 more in the ground!

Processing is just as important to kava quality and safety as the growing and harvesting conditions.  It is for this reason that we have built our own processing facility to properly wash, dry, and process our roots immediately following their harvest.  Since its our farm and our facility, we do things our way.  This kava is what you call "White Flesh" Kava.  It has had the outer skin meticulously removed for two reasons: 1. You are not consuming any dirt particles that were left over from cleaning, and 2. It is nearly totally devoid of the bitter, peppery components that are present in the outer skin.  The end result is a POTENT kava (11.3% Total Lactones) that is smooth and palatable to drink.

If you haven't tried this kava already, its time you make it your new favorite.