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You are what you eat — isn’t that what people say? Well, there’s actually some small truth to that.
Let me explain: Your gut, aka your gastrointestinal system, is responsible for digesting food and turning it into absorbable nutrients and stored energy. While this might already sound familiar, what you might not know is that a healthy gut could also help you achieve glowing skin, a strong immune system and a healthy mind. Furthermore, anti-inflammatory foods, spices and herbal supplements can help you achieve these wellness benefits.
While some supplements will cost you a pretty penny, Golde products are affordable, and most importantly, effective. Golde is a Brooklyn-based wellness company that creates turmeric-based products that “look good, taste good, and help you feel like your best self,” according to its website.
Co-founder and CEO Trinity Mouzon Wofford told INSCAPE, “I got into turmeric specifically (our hero ingredient) through my mom, who was using it for its anti-inflammatory properties. I noticed a huge difference in my skin and my immune system when I started using it, and that’s where it all started!”
Wofford, who studied pre-med at NYU, co-founded Golde in 2017 with her partner, and since then, has been named on Forbes 30 under 30 list. She additionally became the youngest Black woman to launch a brand at Sephora.
Shop: Original Turmeric Latte Blend, $29
Golde’s first product was the Original Turmeric Latte Blend. If you’ve heard of golden milk, this is basically that, but supercharged. It’s a vegan powder blend made with coconut milk powder, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper.
Fun fact: Black pepper helps enhance turmeric’s do-good properties. Not only delicious, but it is intended to support your skin and immune system, as well as help you to debloat.
Woodward explained, “Turmeric is a really fascinating one because the benefits are from head to toe. Because it’s so anti-inflammatory, it will target any areas of imbalance. Inflammation isn’t just about joint pain — it has a huge impact on your skin, your digestion, your immunity, and even mental health!”
Other Golde wellness powders include the Matcha Turmeric Latte Blend, which mixes in stone-ground Japanese green tea leaves, giving it a natural boost of caffeine, and the Cacao Turmeric Latte Blend, which the brand says is like “hot cocoa with benefits.”
Shop: Matcha Turmeric Latte Blend, $29
Shop: Cacao Turmeric Latte Blend, $29
“Love this!! Especially the original flavor. To make it taste just right, I add a dropper of Stevia and warm coconut milk, and I sprinkle turmeric on top. I swear if I have about 3 drinks in a couple of days, I am less bloated,” one Sephora reviewer said.
Shop: Superfood Latte Sampler, $22
Another wrote, “Love, love, love Golde and their products. They make it so easy to incorporate more turmeric into your system with this drink! I notice a difference in my digestion and skin, and I am so thankful!!”
Beauty goes beyond powders for Golde, however. The brand also sells pure matcha and face masks on its own website.
Last week, five days after George Floyd’s death on Monday, May 25, Woodward announced on Instagram that 100 percent of Golde’s profits from May 30 to June 1 would be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Overall, Golde was able to donate over $10,000 and said its sales increased by 10 times its average for three days in a row. On June 1 alone, it sold more product than the entire month of March.
“Talk about Black-owned brands you love and support. But talk about them only if you actually support them,” Woodward wrote in a op-ed for HuffPost. “If you don’t support any Black-owned brands currently, find a brand and buy stuff from them. That’s really important. That’s one of the most powerful ways you can voice your opinion in a capitalist structure.”
If you found this article helpful, you might also want to read about 14 Black-owned beauty and wellness brands you can support today and every day.
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