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Over the course of six months of quarantine, Americans have been desperate for things to do. To cure some of the boredom, many have taken up new hobbies, learned new languages and started new home improvement projects. But with more free time than ever, many have turned to exercise, seeking to shed a few pounds during quarantine, explore some new trails, or achieve some fitness milestones.

But when it comes to personal fitness, exercise is but one side of the coin. A proper diet is just as integral to maintaining personal fitness as any run or weightlifting routine. But eating properly is easier said than done. Beyond merely counting calories, those seeking to eat healthily should find ways to incorporate fruits, vegetables, and other key nutrients into their diets. 

Since even before the onset of COVID, plenty of innovative startups have been hard at work devising new restaurants and products that offer tasteful, healthy food while catering to the unique preferences of young consumers.

We sat down with Amit Raizada—an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and CEO of Spectrum Business Ventures to talk about how the startup and VC sectors are helping to develop new products that can help fitness enthusiasts enjoy healthy, low-calorie meals that complement their workout routines.

“One of these companies is Tu Me Water, which Spectrum Business Ventures is proud to support,” said Raizada. “Tu Me is an excellent post-workout choice, as it offers flavored water injected with turmeric.”

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Raizada explained that turmeric is a critical, yet often under-consumed, nutrient that helps aid muscle recovery. Turmeric is often used to reduce inflammation, which Raizada said comes in handy after a difficult weightlifting routine or a strenuous run.

“Tu Me really got it right when it came to turmeric,” Raizada said. “The nutrient has long been celebrated for the ways it reduces inflammation in the body. Tu Me combined this with water—which we all drink after our workouts—and unique flavoring to create a healthy, enticing product.”

Raizada cited Tocaya Organica, an SBV-backed venture, as another firm making waves within the health-food sector.  

“Tocaya Organica offers clean, fast-casual Mexican cuisine in an upbeat setting,” said Raizada. “Tocaya’s food is vegan-base, meaning that all meals conform to vegan standards. Customers can add additional, non-vegan ingredients as they wish, but no matter how you build your meal, Tocaya is delicious, healthy, and low calorie.”

Both companies, Raizada said, created innovative models that align with many of Spectrum Business Ventures’ guiding investment philosophies.

“I always seek out ventures that have identified a demand popular among younger consumers and have devised a solution to fulfill it,” Raizada said. “That was the case with both ventures, which saw the ways in which personal fitness and healthful living had become major markets, and developed innovative, health foods that quickly took hold.”

Raizada said that, often, successful ventures need not reinvent an established market to make a sizeable splash.

“Younger generations are particularly health- conscious, and during quarantine, this has become even more mainstream,” said Raizada. “Companies like Equinox, for example, have come up with trailblazing ways to cater to this increasingly well-established trend. By tailoring their cuisines to meet the appetites of an increasingly health-conscious clientele, Tu Me Water and Tocaya Organica became hits.”



Turmeric is one of the most effective natural supplements that you can find today. Various studies have shown that Turmeric and Curcumin indeed have many benefits to the body and mind.  The best turmeric curcumin offers us a natural, safe and effective anti-inflammatory agent to help ward off and treat diseases. Some of the amazing and proven health benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin include:

Naturally anti-inflammatory

Inflammation is the process that helps the body fight and remove foreign bodies such as infection as well as repairing the damage after. Inflammation prevents pathogens such as bacteria and fungus from taking over the body. Short-term inflammation is beneficial but long term or chronic inflammation can be a problem. Sometimes the inflammation may also be inappropriately deployed against the body tissue. A product that can fight chronic inflammation is important in preventing and treating diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease and other degenerative conditions. Curcumin is a strong anti-inflammatory that targets multiple steps in the inflammatory pathway making it as effective as some anti-inflammatory drugs.

Antioxidant capacity

Oxidative damages are believed to be part of the aging process and the damage caused by many diseases. Free radicals and highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons react with important organic substances. Antioxidants, protect the body against free radicals. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals because of its chemical structure. It also boosts the activities of your body’s antioxidant enzymes dramatically increasing your antioxidant capacity.

Prevention and treatment of Cancer

The commonalities among the different forms of cancer are the uncontrolled cell growth. Research as shown that Curcumin is a beneficial supplement in cancer treatment as it affects cancer growth and development. The supplement can reduce the growth of new blood vessels in tumors, the metastasis and the death of cancerous cells. High-done Curcumin with an absorption enhancer can help treat cancer in humans although this is yet to be tested properly. However, it can prevent cancer from occurring in the first place.

Delaying Aging and fighting chronic diseases

There is obvious benefit in longevity since Curcumin helps prevent cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and heart disease among others. Curcumin is a very important and popular anti-aging supplement. Curcumin does more than just prevent disease. It helps manage oxidation and inflammation, which all play a role in the aging process. Remember to get supplements that contain Bioperine, which enhances Curcumin absorption.




According to a report in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy, a spice commonly found in curries may boost the brain’s ability to heal itself.

The German study suggests a compound found in turmeric could encourage the growth of nerve cells thought to be part of the brain’s repair kit.

Scientists say this work, based in rats, may pave the way for future drugs for strokes and Alzheimer’s disease.

However, researchers say more trials are needed to see whether this applies to humans.

Researchers from the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine in Julich, Germany, studied the effects of aromatic-turmerone – a compound found naturally in turmeric.

Rats were injected with the compound and their brains were then scanned.

Particular parts of the brain, known to be involved in nerve cell growth, were seen to be more active after the aromatic-turmerone infusion.

Scientists say the compound may encourage a proliferation of brain cells.

Turmerone, a spice commonly found in curries, may boost the brain's ability to heal itself

Turmerone, a spice commonly found in curries, may boost the brain’s ability to heal itself

In a separate part of the trial, researchers bathed rodent neural stem cells (NSCs) in different concentrations of aromatic-tumerone extract.

NSCs have the ability to transform into any type of brain cell and scientists suggest they could have a role in repair after damage or disease.

Dr. Maria Adele Rueger, who was part of the research team, said: “In humans and higher developed animals their abilities do not seem to be sufficient to repair the brain but in fish and smaller animals they seem to work well.”

The research found the higher the concentration of aromatic-turmerone, the greater the growth of the NSCs.

And the cells bathed in the turmeric compound seemed to specialize into certain types of brain cells more rapidly too.

Dr. Maria Adele Rueger added: “It is interesting that it might be possible to boost the effectiveness of the stem cells with aromatic-turmerone.

“And it is possible this in turn can help boost repair in the brain.”

She is now considering whether human trials may be feasible.

Aromatic-turmerone is the lesser-studied of two major compounds in turmeric that may have an effect on the human body.

Previous studies suggest the other compound, curcumin, could reduce inflammation in the body and have anti-cancer benefits.