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Kombucha – Probiotic Goodness

Why do people drink kombucha or kefir or eat saurkraut or yogurt? Do you know what prebiotics or probiotics are?

Let’s start at the beginning

Microbes all around us, and for the longest time, the world thought that all microbes were bad. But that’s not necessarily the case. Microbes consist of bacteria, yeast, viruses, and other small cellular organisms. Mostly bacteria, they live on our skin, inside our airways, and our digestive system, working as first line defense  against pathogens or “foreign invaders” that might cause an infection or set off other reactions like inflammation.

The good, the bad and the ever changing

Each person acquires a personalized set of bacteria starting from birth but modifiable with time, called a microbiome, that sets the balance for their body, affecting the ways that person digests sugars or breaks down toxins (1), smells when they sweat, helps the body absorb essential fatty acids or make vitamin folate, and helps to repair the cells of the digestive system or help to regulate inflammation (2). These beneficial functions are usually from what we call good bacteria.

Bad bacteria can result in diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even obesity (3). Your body’s microbiome has a combination of good and bad bacteria, with bad bacteria in the minority. The bad bacteria can sometimes take over when your balanced microbiome changes either via stress, a course of antibiotics or even a change in diet (4).

Prebiotics &  Probiotics

Although more research is still needed, there are early signs that foods with good bacteria, like kombucha or yogurt with active cultures, can improve our health and our cells. The theory is that these foods with good bacteria can help to seed your digestive system with good bacteria. There is also research that feeding the good bacteria by eating prebiotic foods high in fiber humans cannot but bacteria can digest like onions, garlic, flax seeds, apples, bananas, oats, cocoa and konjac help to support the flourishing balance of good bacteria in your system.

And your Skin

So we have talked a lot about how microbes affect your health and your gut, but what does all of this do for your skin? Keep your skin healthy and hydrated so that the good bacteria can proliferate and fight off the bad bacteria while keeping your skin’s immune system functioning well. And if you’d rather drink your kombucha, then apply that sweet black tea ferment of organic acids, minerals, and amino acids to your skin in the form of Sweet Black Tea and Rice Moisturizer, Ginger Moisturizer, and Miracle Tea Eye Creme. Cheers!

Turmeric Bioavailability – Easy tricks to maximize its benefits

Turmeric is a key ingredient in Jamu, the ancient Indonesian herbal medicine.  Since the scientific community in European and American started taking an interest in this rhizome in the last 20th century, Turmeric has become one of the most studied herbs.  The key nutrient in Turmeric that has been shown anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and potential anti-cancer properties is Curcumin.  Unfortunately, the health benefits of Curcumin when ingested, cannot be fully realized because if poor bioavailability, meaning that Curcumin is quickly broken down and metabolized by the liver and intestinal walls before it can work its magic where needed.

The good news is that there are simple tricks to improve Curcumin’s bioavailability – tricks that can be done daily and easily as part of your regular diet:

1.Mix it with fat

Curcumin is fat soluble.  By combining or dissolving it with a fat, it is better absorbed into the bloodstream (1).  It’s easy:  Combine Turmeric with a heart-healthy oil in a vegetable stir fry.  Or add it to your smoothie together with coconut milk or full-fat kefir.

2.  Fresh Turmeric vs. dried Turmeric

Dried Turmeric powder is more widely available than the fresh rhizome, but fresh Turmeric actually has better “built-in” bioavailability (2) because is about 10% fat content.

3.  Heat it up

Bioavailability of Curcuma is even further improved, when Turmeric is lightly heated in oil (3), which is why Turmeric is ideal to incorporate into your daily cooking, whether it is a stir fry or a curry sauce.

4.  Add a dash of Black Pepper

Black pepper contains piperine, which blocks the body from rapidly metabolizing Curcumin.  In fact, consuming fresh black pepper together with Turmeric, can improve bioavailability of Curcumin by 2000% (4).

5.  Combine it with Quercetin-rich fruits & vegetables

Quercetin is an antioxidant that gives certain fruits and vegetables their dark, blue-ish color.  Research shows that Quercetin blocks an enzyme that would metabolizes Curcumin, thus making it more bioavailable (5).  Quercetin-rich foods include blueberries, red grapes, red onions, green tea but also red apples.

 

In Skincare – Proven Effective

Turmeric has a long tradition in Indonesian beauty rituals as well, most famously in the Lulur bridal spa treatment.  While it is an age old recipe to boost skin radiance and luminosity, there is a growing body of recent scientific evidence that underscores topical Turmeric’s benefits in helping prevent and reduce oxidative stress, inflammation, acne, and signs of premature aging such as irregular skin tone and sun damage.  When we at JUARA craft formulations, we draw our inspiration from Indonesian tradition, but we also ensure that we select botanicals that have been tested for efficacy and safety according to today’s standards.

Several of JUARA products are formulated with Turmeric, including our

Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum, Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask, Radiance Vitality Oil, Sweet Black Tea & Rice Moisturizer and Miracle Tea Complete Eye Creme, but also in body treatments such as our Kartini Body Oil.

To explore JUARA treatments that feature Turmeric and other active Jamu botanicals, click here.

Candlenut: The Balanced Nut!

Candlenut holds a special place at JUARA.  Our very first JUARA product we launched was our popular Candlenut Body Creme, a.k.a. Bali in a Jar, which became an instant hit with customers, editors and estheticians alike.  By popular demand, many more Candlenut treasures followed.

But what exactly is Candlenut?  Rarely do you ever see it sold in a regular grocery store because its consumption is usually limited to the region where it is cultivated, mostly South East Asia and Hawaii.  It looks like an oversized macadamia nut or hazelnut.  Even though it is not widely known, Candlenut is probably one of the most versatile and healthy nuts out there, having been used for medicinal purposes, cooking as well as skincare for centuries.

Omega 6 & 3 Essential Fatty Acids:  The Ratio is Key

Like most nuts, Candlenut has a high oil content (70%).  What makes Candlenut special amongst its peers is its high content of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA).  And not only that, it has what is considered an ideal ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids.  While both EFAs have health benefits, it has been shown that the typical Western diet is by far too rich in Omega 6 fatty acids relative to Omega 3 fatty acid consumption, leading to chronic inflammation.  Nobody knows what the ideal ratio exactly is, but current estimates state a ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 of anywhere between 1:1 and 4:1 as ideal.  It is estimated that people in developed countries reach a ratio of about 15:1.  It has been shown even higher in the typical American diet, where it reaches levels of 25:1 due to a high consumption of fast & processed foods and fried foods which are typically rich in Omega 6, and a low consumption of Omega 3-rich foods like fish and certain nuts and seeds.  Candlenut has a ratio of Omega 3 and 6 of about 1.7:1, which is considered in the ideal range.  As a comparison, Walnuts have a ratio of about 4:1, Pecans 22:1, Flax Seeds 1:4, Sunflower Seeds:  312:1, Corn Oil 46:1, Wild Salmon 1:12, Canned Tuna 1:30.

Other Health Benefits

Candlenut is also rich in saponin, flavonoid and polyphenols, plant compounds that have  anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting benefits as well as antibacterial effects.  Plus, it contains not only alpha tocopherol (the most familiar form of Vitamin E), but also gamma tocopherol, which works synergistically with alpha tocopherol to provide antioxidant protection.

Try it in Food!

In its native Indonesian and Malay, Candlenut is used in cooking as a thickener for curries and soups.  One easy way to incorporate Candlenuts is to roasted Candlenuts in the oven or frying pan, which brings out their aroma, before chopping or shaving them and sprinkling them over curry, soups or salad.

Try it on your Skin!

Candlenut is rich in EFA, the skincare benefits of which have been well documented.  EFAs help reduce inflammation, strengthens the skin’s own protective barrier, and Omega 6 essential fatty acid specifically helps acne-prone skin clear up clogged pores.  Candlenut’s boasting both Omega-3 and 6 as well as natural anti-microbial properties make it suitable for all skin types, ranging from dry to oily, including sensitive and acne-prone skin.

All of JUARA’s Candlenut products are formulated with Candlenut Oil, but we have added this precious oil to other treatments as well, including:

Kartini Body Oil – $58, 4 oz

The luxurious body oil fit for royalty (hence the name Kartini, named after a Princess who was also a big champion of women’s rights in Indonesia).  A truly nourishing blend of Candlenut, Plumeria, Passionfruit, Moringa and Turmeric Oil, with a silky, light-as-air texture with firming, brightening and softening benefits.

Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm – $20. 2.5 oz

Pure relief and moisture for dry, hard-working hands, that stays on even after washing your hands.  A replenishing blend of oils and butters, plus soothing oat beta glucan and brightening algae Energy immediately comfort skin & cuticles.  Result:  Hands that are soft and smooth, never greasy.

Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturizer – $60, 1.7 oz

Energy for dry, dull skin. “Kombucha”, nourishing botanical oils and our unique Radiant Complex hydrate, firm, smooth and boost skin luster.  The perfect daily moisturizer for normal to dry skin. 

Miracle Tea Complete Eye Crème – $53, 0.5 oz

This miracle worker gives the fragile skin around the eyes the whole TLC package:  It hydrates, smooths fine lines & wrinkles, reduces the look of dark circles and under-eye bags for a refreshed look!

Radiance Vitality Oil – $70, 1.0oz

The Queen of Face Oils (Face Oil of the Year, Self Magazine 2015) addresses all signs of aging with 12 pure plant oils and extracts by helping to firm, nourish, smooth and revitalize, with results you can see and feel after only one application.

Nourish your natural beauty all over with Candlenut in JUARA products here!

Ingredient Spotlight: Avocado – Inside & Out!

Oh the weather outside is snowing… well almost. Wherever you are this holiday season. One thing for sure is winter can bring about dryness and dehydration – whether it’s the cold air or the cozy heaters inside. Humidity goes down, dehydration goes up! What’s one ingredient we all know and love which helps with hydration and rich fatty acid nourishment? It’s one of humanity’s favorite foods (for both body and skincare)… the avocado! This particular fruit has been used for centuries in Indonesian food and beauty traditions. Avocados are affordable and abundant in Indonesia, used for anything from the famous “cremebath” hair treatments to avocado juices and beyond. In fact, avocado drinks are a staple in Indonesia. And we LOVE it for JUARA. No matter how it’s used, avocados are renowned for their wealth of health benefits for not just your body, but your skin and hair too… here’s a rundown of all sorts of benefits – inside and out! 
 

FOR SKIN

  • Rich in fatty acids that deeply moisturize the skin.
  • Potassium, lecithin, and more to nourish on a cellular level.
  • Antioxidants that soothe dry, irritated, and flaky skin.
  • Prevents (and even treats) acne, thanks to avocado’s superb anti-inflammatory effects.
We give hats off to the great uses in this skin softening, hydrating leave-on mask, our JUARA Java Plum & Avocado Mask, our Radiance Vitality Oil, our Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturizer, and the Miracle Tea Eye Creme! Curious? Details below…
 

FOR HAIR

  • Rejuvenates and moisturizes the scalp – where healthy hair begins.
  • Vitamins A, D, E, and B6 nourish hair and scalp while promoting speedy growth.
  • Antioxidants rescue hair from free radicals.
  • Unclogs follicles and stimulates new hair growth from dormant follicles.
There is a traditional and common treatment we regularly partake in at the salon called the creme bath where you get a legit amazing deep conditioning hair treatment that includes a 45 minute (yes 45 full minutes!) of a head, neck and shoulder/arm massage while undergoing deep conditioning. You can choose which kind of ingredient is used in the deep conditioner based on hair needs: Rich Candlenut for shiny black hair, Hydrating Avocado for dry hair, Protein-filled Egg for fine hair, and Aloe Vera for thin hair. If you’re even in Indonesia, you MUST ask for a cremebath at the spa or salon!
 

FOR BODY

  • Keep your weight in check: Munch on avocados daily to maintain a healthy weight and boost digestion.
  • Prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even obesity thanks to avocado’s dietary fiber.
  • High in Fat. Low in Carbs: Avocados are nutritious and delicious, packed with vitamins and nutrients that have even more potassium than bananas!
 
Honestly, we could go on all day – but we’re sure you get the picture. If you don’t, follow in Indonesia’s footsteps and let avocado into your life today. The nation continues to choose sweet over savory, unlike Westerners, blending it into just about everything – shakes, milky drinks, coffee, and even chocolate syrup. Indonesians also fill their bathtubs with avocado to boost circulation and soften the skin. So, next time you stock up on avocados, reimagine what you can do with them. We at JUARA certainly did and we love them in our products! See what we do with Avocado in our products, and experience what they can do for your skin!
 
Java Plum & Avocado Moisture Mask – $38, 3.0oz
Moisturizes, soothes, strengthens, plums, softens & is age-delaying. Give your skin an extra moisture boost and renewed vitality! Replenish dry, parched skin with this rich, nutrient-packed combination of Avocado Oil, Java Plum, Banana & Mango that deeply hydrates, soothes and plumps skin, leaving behind a soft, dewy complexion.
 
 
Miracle Tea Eye Creme – $53, 0.5oz
Firms, brightens, minimizes fine lines & wrinkles, reduces puffiness & dark circles. Our multi-tasking eye treatment is the complete package! Featuring our Radiance Complex and “Miracle Tea” a.k.a. “Probiotic Kombucha”, this eye cream boosts Radiance, firms and hydrates while minimizing the appearance of fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. Don’t trust us? Ask Drew Barrymore – she thought so!  
 
Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturizer – $60, 1.7 oz
Maintains elasticity, boosts radiance, hydrates, firms, smoothes. Re-energize dry, dull skin. This silky antioxidant-rich moisturizer featuring our unique Radiance Complex, “Kombucha” and nourishing botanical oils, boosts hydration and Radiance and helps reduce the look of fine lines & wrinkles for smooth, healthy-looking skin.
 
 
Radiance Vitality Oil – $70, 1.0oz
Brightens, firms, nourishes, revitalizes. 
After just 1 use: 
97% felt the oil nourished and hydrated their skin, and loved the texture of this gentle but powerful oil.
90%+ felt their skin was protected, soft, silky smooth, healthy and hydrated.
Radiance redefined! Light-as-air, smooth-as-silk, this award-winning* face oil addresses all signs of aging by boosting Radiance, increasing elasticity, and minimizing fine lines and wrinkles with its 12 pure & precious oils and extracts.

 

Get your avocado on with JUARA in in our FACE PRODUCTS here!
 

The Spotlyte: Why Kombucha-Infused Skincare Is Trending in the Beauty World

“Juara offers a medley of products including the ingredient, my favorite being the Miracle Tea Complete Eye Creme ($48), which feels creamy and nourishing.”

Read Full Article Here : https://www.thespotlyte.com/news/is-kombucha-good-for-skin

EVOKE.IE: Drew Barrymore has the same beauty problem as the rest of us

Read Full Article Here : https://evoke.ie/2018/06/28/style/beauty-buzz/drew-barrymore-same-beauty-problem-as-us

health.com: Drew Barrymore Just Shared Her Biggest Skincare Problem and What She Does to Fix It

“Obsessed with this brand and they sent me a sample of this scrub when [I] asked for their insanely effective tea eye cream for dark circles,” she said. “To my surprise, my pores shrank to zip. Zero. Tight.”

Read Full Article Here: http://www.health.com/beauty/drew-barrymore-fix-for-biggest-skincare-problem

Organic Spa Magazine: Ancient Beauty Tradition


“Kombucha, the fermented black tea, has been making waves as the go-to healthy drink. But it isn’t just for sipping- it’s also good for your skin, particularly the organic acids and vitamin B that improve radiance and texture.”

Refinery29.com: The Eye Cream That Delivers 8 Hours Of Sleep In A Pump

Featuring JUARA Miracle Tea Complete Eye Creme

Read Full Article Here: https://www.refinery29.com/2018/03/193494/juara-miracle-tea-eye-creme-review

Well+Good : How The Beauty Benefits of Tea Go Way Beyond Drinking It

“The fermented version (AKA kombucha) in this anti-aging eye cream also helps firm, brighten, and minimize fine lines. Buh-bye, tired eyes.”

Read Full Article Here : https://www.wellandgood.com/good-looks/how-the-beauty-benefits-of-tea-go-way-beyond-drinking-it/slide/6/