The infusible fruit is called Sant. The company, iDrinkSant, has started up right here in Chicago by DesPlaines resident Kim LaPaglia. And the drink is said to bring forth some of the benefits of Ayurvedic medicine in a simple cup of brew.
Sant is a new product made by harvesting sustainably grown bits of a long-known “superfruit” from India, drying it, and selling it as pods that you infuse into hot or cold liquids. The active ingredient is garcinia indica, a rich source of antioxidants–said to be 5 times the amount in kale–plus vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Sant’s fruit has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to improve well-being and prevent and cure ailments. All those healthy substances it provides are said to work together to do these things in your body:
- Promote digestion
- Decrease inflammation
- Cool the body
- Cleanse skin
- Strengthen the heart
- Regulate sleep and mood
- Increase muscle tone
- Balance cholesterol
Who doesn’t want all that? As a boomer who takes a bunch of meds, I checked with my doctors and pharmacist to make sure there were no undesirable interactions. None known, but check with yours. LaPaglia says the product she imports is organically grown and naturally sun-dried. Sweeten as you wish, but there’s no need to ingest the extra calories because it tastes good all by itself (like a flowery herb tea), despite having all those nutritional benefits. Start with three pods in a mug, add boiling water and let it steep a few minutes (the color deepens). If you’re conservation-conscious–or just cheap–you can even get a second cup out of the same three buds. But the fruit also infuses into plain cold water in the refrigerator.
LaPaglia started the company because she was intrigued when she came upon this fruit while visiting India to work with social enterprises (businesses that aim to solve a social problem). She began drinking this fruit beverage herself and along the way learned a lot about holistic health.
After thoroughly researching the fruit–and finding it was a marginalized crop that farmers couldn’t make a livelihood from–she felt a calling to develop her own social enterprise. So she set about finding ways to safely, purely and sustainably grow and harvest the fruit. She’s still working on streamlining the logistics and building the website. Learn more about Sant, the infusible superfruit here. Look down that webpage for a light-hearted Q&A section and more information about ways to use Sant. Once you try this beverage, enjoy it, and perhaps even feel a benefit (I’m drinking some today because I’ve got a suspicious cough and hope it will help head off something worse), think about helping with the Kickstarter funding. The current effort ends March 17 so don’t wait too long.