Cleanse to the Rescue
Digestive Enzyme Blend: The University of Michigan Health Center cites studies that link digestive enzymes with multiple health benefits. In a double-blind trial, a form of pancreatic enzymes was shown to significantly reduce gas, bloating, and fullness after a high-fat meal. A later preliminary study of people with indigestion reported significant improvement in almost all of those given pancreatic enzyme supplements. In a separate preliminary trial, supplemental hydrochloric acid and vitamin B complex improved some cases of acne rosacea in people with low stomach-acid production. Source: "Digestive Enzymes". University of Michigan Health System.
Peppermint: A Harvard Health Publication cites studies that link peppermint to easing symptoms of indigestion including irritable bowel syndrome, abdominal cramping and pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. Source: Robb-Nicholson, M.D., Celeste. "Health Benefits of Peppermint." Health Beat. Harvard Health Publications. July 2007.
Ginger: The University of Maryland Medical Health Center notes that today, health care professionals may recommend ginger to help prevent or treat nausea and vomiting from motion sickness, pregnancy, and cancer chemotherapy. It is also used to treat mild stomach upset, to reduce pain of osteoarthritis, and may even be used in heart disease. Source: "Ginger." University of Maryland Medical Center. Fennel seed: NYU Langone Medical Center cites that some studies hint at a number of potential medicinal effects of fennel or its constituents, such as relaxing smooth muscles, stimulating the flow of bile, and reducing pain. Source: "Fennel." NYU Langone Medical Center. Organic Chlorella Algae: The Telegraph reports that chlorella is an underutilized healthy superfood. It cites research from Japan that suggests the green algae can play a role in reducing body-fat percentage and blood-glucose levels, offer a boost of energy, aid digestion and fight depression. Chlorella contains 9 essential amino acids, as well as vitamins, minerals, and is packed with protein. In the UK, the algae is currently being used as an aid for cancer patients. Tests show that it can stimulate the growth of probiotic bacteria, to prevent consitation and toxic material in the stool from being reabsorbed into the bloodstream. It also contains vitamin K1, important in helping blood clotting. Further, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University has done research confirming chlorella's ability to boost immune systems, helpful for cancer patients to resist infections. Sources: Lambert, Victoria. "Chlorella: the superfood that helps fight disease." The Telegraph. Bladderwrack: Antioxidant effects, laxative effects, and the ability to improve skin elasticity have all been associated with bladderwrack in an Overview of Research sponsored by Gaia Herbs. A study conducted at UC Berkeley even noticed the possibility of this brown kelp to reduce levels of hormone related to breast cancer. Sources: Bove, N.D. Mary. "Bladderwrack: An overview of research." Gaia Herbs. Yang, Sarah. "New study finds kelp can reduce level of hormone related to breast cancer risk." UC Berkeley News. February 2005. Red Clover Extract: Red clover is rich in isoflavones, chemicals found in plants that have similar properties to estrogen. Studies have thus shown that red clover may reduce menopausal symptoms in women. Red clover has also been used in traditional medicine to purify the blood and cleanse the body. According to the American Cancer Society, small studies have been conducted that also link red clover to healthy blood pressure and bone density. Source: "Red Clover." American Cancer Society. Alpha Lipoic Acid: Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is a compound in the body that protects the body from oxidative stress and keeps the body cells functioning properly. Studies have shown the anti-inflammatory properties of ALA, making it a vital antioxidant that protects the body’s cells and aids in energy production. Source: Odabasoglu F, et al. "α-Lipoic acid has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties: an experimental study in rats with carrageenan-induced acute and cotton pellet-induced chronic inflammations." Br J Nutr. 2011 Jan;105(1). NCBI. NLM. NIH. Milk Thistle: The American Cancer Society notes that milk thistle is said to detoxify and protect the liver, strengthen the spleen and gallbladder. Further, research has looked into silymarin, a key extract of milk thistle, as a potent antioxidant. Antioxidants are compounds that block the action of activated oxygen molecules called free radicals, which can damage cells. Source: "Milk Thistle." American Cancer Society.