SAN FRANCISCO — A noted local physician launched the world’s first Ayurvedic functional beverage at the Winter Fancy Food Show here Jan. 15. Harvard-trained physician Dr. Akilesh Palanisamy has created a line of drinks called Ayu Herbal Infusions, which incorporate herbs such as Ashwagandha and turmeric into tasty drinks that pack a healthy punch. Ayu’s Woman’s Balance and Warrior formulations are now available at Lunardi’s, Rainbow Grocery and Berkeley Bowl.
“Reaction to Ayu at the [show] has been very positive,” Palaniwamy told India-West in an e-mail Jan. 16. “Our product is USDA organic, physician-approved, sugar-free and truly therapeutic — these factors make us different from most drinks. Also, there is a growing interest in the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda.”