Our Ingredients

Each ingredient in our Superfood Seasonings are carefully selected not only for their quality but also for their health benefits.

Turmeric root and powder

Turmeric (Curcuma longa L.)

Find it in our Good Gut Shake seasoning.

Turmeric has been a highly valued spice in Indian Ayurvedic medicine and long used for digestive problems. It aids digestion by increasing the output of digestive enzymes, including the production of bile for the digestion of fats.

Curcumin, the antioxidant compound in turmeric, which gives it its striking orangey-yellow colouring, offers many anti-inflammatory health benefits. Such as increasing the secretion of stomach mucus to help protect our stomach lining from gastric acid. In our intestines, it helps to prevent gas and bloating as food is being digested. It can also help support our gut microbiome by encouraging the growth of good gut bacteria and increase our ability to absorb nutrients by healing damaged colon walls due to bad bacteria. As an antioxidant it helps support the liver in its detoxification processes.

Turmeric is a root of the ginger family and is indigenous to tropical southeast Asia. 

Minerals: Calcium, Iron and Potassium
Vitamins: A and C

 

Ginger root and powder

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Find it in our Good Gut Shake seasoning.

Similar to turmeric, ginger has long been used to aid digestion as well as for immune health to fight the flu and colds. Gingerol is the bioactive compound in ginger which offers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. It helps to stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes for digestion as well as reduce bloating and gas. It also contains the enzyme, zingibain, which breaks down protein, including casein found in milk and dairy foods.

Ginger is a warming ingredient that stimulates circulation which also helps with digestion, including stomach muscle movement and nutrient absorption.

The botanical name for Ginger comes from the Sanskrit word meaning horn-shaped, in reference to the shape of the ginger nodules that grow from its roots.

Minerals: Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Calcium and Zinc
Vitamins: A and B

 

Poppy seeds

Poppy seeds (Papaver somniferum)

Find it in our Good Gut Shake seasoning.

Unlike opium which is made from the milky sap collected from green seed pods, mature poppy seeds do not contain this opioid drug. Instead, poppy seeds are collected from the matured dried seed pods. It contains nutritional antioxidant properties to reduce inflammation and slow the body’s ageing process, as well as containing organic tocopheral compounds, aka vitamin E. 

Poppy seeds are a rich source of insoluble fibre - important for our gut health. They also have a noticeably high calcium content, an essential mineral not only for healthy teeth and bones but also many basic body functions from our nervous system to heart function.

In ancient Roman and Greek empires Poppy seeds were used as a condiment to flavour many dishes, and has traditionally been used in teas or syrups to relieve coughs and respiratory problems

Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc
Vitamins: E and C

 

Brazil nuts

Brazil nuts (Bertholletia excelsa)

Find it in our Good Gut Shake seasoning.

Brazil nuts are a nutrient and energy dense food source for their small size.

It's best known for its high levels of selenium, an essential mineral that helps to strengthen your immune system by reducing inflammation in your immune cells. It's also plays a role in supporting healthy thyroid and cardiovascular function. 

Brazil nuts also contains other antioxidants such as ellagic acid, which offers neuroprotective and anti-depressant properties for the brain, and can help support mood-disorders.

Native to South America, Brazil nuts can be found in the Amazonian forests of its moniker Brazil, as well as Peru, Colombia and Ecuador.

Minerals: Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Manganese, Iron, Calcium and Potassium
Vitamins: E and B

 

Pepitas Ingredients

Pepitas (seeds of Styrian or Oil Seed pumpkins)

Find it in our Shake it Off seasoning.

Like other seeds and nuts, pepitas are a nutrient dense ingredient and a rich source of minerals, good fats, antioxidants and protein.

Pepitas are a rich source of Magnesium, which our body uses to regulate sleep and so it can help with better sleep and insomnia prevention. It also has high levels of the amino acid tryptophan which is used in our body to produce serotonin and melatonin to relax and promote sleep.

Not only is the Magnesium important for regulating sleep, it also helps regulate blood sugar levels. This together with the high fibre and protein content of Pepitas make them a good source of nutrition a feeling of satiety. Research has also shown that the fibre and good omega-3 fatty acids in pepitas can help reduce cholesterol, blood pressure and heart disease.

Overall, pepitas can help support immune health and wellbeing with its high Zinc and Vitamin E content.

Minerals: Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, Iron, Calcium
Vitamins: Beta-carotene, B, E, K

 

Sunflower seeds

Sunflower seeds (Helianthus annuus)

Find it in our Shake it Off seasoning.

Sunflower seeds, like pumpkin seeds, are a good source of healthy poly and monounsaturated fats which are better for heart health, and can help lower the potential for high blood pressure.

They’re a great source of Vitamin E and Selenium which act as antioxidants to protect against free radical compounds in our body that cause illness and ageing. Research has shown that Selenium can help lower the risk of neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimers.

Sunflower seeds are also a good source of zinc, a quarter cup of dry roasted sunflower seeds give you 10% of your daily Recommended Dietary Intake. Zinc together with Selenium offer anti-inflammatory properties to help support our immune system and fight infections.

It’s also good for skin health with its combination of omega 3 fatty acids (polyunsatured fats), zinc, and vitamin E.

Sunflowers are native to North America, where Native Americans used sunflower seeds as a grounded flour as well as a purple dye, while the dry stalks were used as a building material.

Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Iron
Vitamins: A, B, C, E

 

Liquorice root ingredient

Liquorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Find it in our Good Gut Shake seasoning.

Liquorice root contains antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties to aid in relieving digestive problems. 

It helps to improve the protective lining of your stomach wall through mucus production, offering relief from heartburn. Studies have shown that its antioxidant properties can fight against the bacteria, H.pylori, which causes gastric ulcers by damaging the stomach lining.

Its anti-inflammatory properties help to increase blood flow to the intestinal tract and support the health of the cells lining it to treat against peptic ulcers. 

The liquorice plant is a perennial plant that is native to the Middle East, parts of Asia and India, and has a history of use in both Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.

 

Bacop Brahmi ingredient

Bacopa/Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)

Find it in our Shake it Off seasoning.

Bacopa has been used in herbal and Ayurvedic medicine to help improve mental health from enhancing cognitive abilities and concentration to relieving stress. It is recognised as an adaptogen* which increases your body’s resistance to stress and can help elevate your mood. 

Studies have also shown it can enhance spatial visual learning, learning rates and long term memory. Bacopa contains the antioxidant, bacoside, which helps reduce neural inflammation, with research suggesting it can reduce the severity of dementia and the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Also known as water hyssop, Bacopa grows in wet tropical climates.

*find out more about adaptogens in our FAQs

 

Schisandra berries ingredient

 Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis)

Find it in our Shake it Off seasoning.

Also known as the “five-flavour” berry, it has a complex combination of sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy. The tangy flavour of our Sake it Off superfood seasoning comes from this unique berry. 

Schisandra is an adaptogen* that is recognised to help our body resist the effects of stress by supporting adrenal fatigue and acts as a mood stabiliser. If you’re feeling tense or anxious it can calm you down, or if you’re feeling down it can help pick you up. 

Similar to Bacopa, it helps enhance memory and focus, and contains antioxidants to help combat inflammation. Its antioxidant properties help support healthy blood vessels and the muscles of our internal organs, offering multi-functional benefits across our nervous, immune, endocrine, respiratory, cardiovascular and digestive systems.

Schisandra has a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to help support multiple functions from digestion, hormone balance and as a beauty tonic for the skin.

*find out more about adaptogens in our FAQs

 

Saltbush ingredient

Saltbush (Atriplex sp.)

Find it in our Shake it Off seasoning.

Saltbush a naturally salty flavour because of their ability to survive in soil with a high salt content. Not only is it a low sodium salt alternative, but research on Australian grown saltbush has found the leaves to be rich in protein, fibre and minerals such as Calcium and Iron, as well as offering antioxidant properties.

Saltbush leaves and seeds have a long history of use by Australia’s indigenous people both as a food and for medicinal purposes in treating wounds.

The family of saltbush plants are not only a source of food, farmers often plant saltbush to help desalinate degraded farmland where too much salt has formed in the soil. This helps to regenerate the soil so that other crops can grow again. It’s also used as feed for sheep during drought conditions, as it is a hardy plant that can withstand low rainfall. You might have come across saltbush lamb and its unique salty flavour.

Minerals: Calcium, Sodium, Iron, Magnesium 

 

Himalayan pink sea salt

Himalayan sea salt

Find it in our Good Gut Shake and Shake it Off seasonings.

Himalayan sea salt is often recognised as one of the purest forms of salt as there are no additives such as anti-caking agents, which can be found in other forms of salt such as table salt.

It is still manually mined from ancient inland sea beds, in the Khewra region of Northern Pakistan. These sea beds crystallised to form today's salt mines roughly 500 - 600 million years ago.

The pinkish hue of Himalayan sea salt comes from the natural trace minerals present in the salt, such as magnesium and iron. Other trace minerals include zinc, calcium and potassium, which all contribute to its unique flavour.

98% of Himalayan sea salt is sodium chloride, often interchangeably referred to as salt. This is an essential mineral for our body and is used by our muscles, nervous system, as well as to maintain proper fluid balance, hydration and regulate our blood pressure.

Alexander the Great and his soldiers have been credited as finding the salt deposits in the Khewra hills when they stopped to rest in the area and noticed their horses started licking the salty rocks.

 

Black peppercorns 

Black peppercorns (Piper nigrum L.)

Find it in our Good Gut Shake seasonings.

A prized spice in ancient Greece, Rome and the Middle Ages, black pepper is well known for its use in both flavouring and preserving food. 

It has also been used in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine to aid digestive problems by stimulating “agni” and “chi”, the energy/fires associated with our digestive system.

Modern research has found black pepper contains many beneficial bioactive compounds. The most well researched being piperine which offers antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and gastro-protective properties. 

Research has also shown that piperine can enhance absorption of certain nutrients with low bioavailability. One of these is the bioactive compound, curcumin, found in turmeric, hence the common pairing of turmeric and black pepper. Normally enzymes through our gastro-intenstinal track breakdown bioactive compounds, such as curcumin, before our body can absorb them, but piperine has been found to inhibit these enzymes thus allowing greater absorption of these beneficial compounds.

The use of black pepper dates back over 4,000 years ago, where it has been traded as a valuable ingredient, referred to as black gold, and used as a form of trading currency. Folklore has it that Attila the Hun demand black peppercorns as ransom from Rome.

Minerals: Iron, Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Zinc, Manganese

 

Coriander seeds

Coriander seeds (Coriandrum sativum)

Find it as 1 of the 6 seeds in our Shake it Off seasoning.

Coriander seeds have been used in traditional Ayurvedic practice for many benefits. From relieving fevers, coughs and colds, to quenching excessive thirst, urinary disorders and as a heart tonic. It is often taken as a tea to aid digestive problems, either alone or in combination with fennel and cumin, to help with bloating, cramping and flatulence.

Scientific research has also found that coriander seeds are rich in antioxidants. In particular, the bioactive compound, linalool, which has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, potentially offering anticancer and neuroprotective properties. Other research has shown that the active compounds in coriander seeds can help lower blood sugar levels and support heart-health by lowering bad cholesterol while increasing the good.

The coriander plant, also known as cilantro in the Americas, has been widely used in many cuisines, from Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines to Mexican, Indian and Chinese. Coriander is related to the parsley, carrot and celery family of plants. 

Minerals: Manganese, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium, Selenium, Potassium, Zinc

 

Cumin seeds

Cumin seeds (Cuminum cyminum L.)

Find it as 1 of the 6 seeds in our Shake it Off seasoning.

Cumin has traditionally been used to help indigestion and is a recognised carminative that relieves bloating and gas. Scientific research has shown that cumin contains compounds which aid in the digestive process: first, stimulating the salivary gland in our mouths as we chew food and then promoting the secretion of enzymes and bile as food digests in our gastrointestinal tract. A recent pilot study has shown it can help reduce symptoms from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Other research has also reported beneficial phytochemical compounds in cumin that offer an array of properties such as antioxidant, antimicrobial and antidiabetic activity. Cumin regularly used as a culinary spice has been shown to help control blood sugar levels, as well as support stress through its antioxidant properties and help enhance memory.

Similar to coriander seeds, cumin has long been used as a spice all over the world from Indian to Middle Eastern, North African and Latin American cuisines.

Minerals: Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Zinc