Monthly Archives: January 2010

Milk Thistle


Research on the properties of the milk thistle plant is an ongoing science. Studies are conducted by various research groups and usually these results end up on the Internet. The Smoothie Essentials Antioxidant Blend features milk thistle extract because it rates high on properties that assist in the maintenance of good health. For reference, a few quotes below ~ regarding the results of various studies and the implications of the milk thistle effects when added to a healthy diet.

Milk thistle “acts directly on the cell membrane of the liver, and probably most other cells of the body, by stabilizing and strengthening” it. Toxins within the body seek out cell membrane receptor sites but when milk thistle extract comes into play, they now compete against each other. “That toxins are unable to affect cell membranes in the presence of milk thistle extract argues for the stabilizing action of these substances.”

Mowrey continues, “The observable result is the regeneration of liver cells,” indicating that milk thistle’s compounds are excellent free-radical-scavenging antioxidants.

“Milk thistle can act as an antioxidant with many times more antioxidant activity than vitamin E, suggested AIBR Scientific Reviews in 1987.

“By combining our current understanding of the physiochemical properties of milk thistle, we can better understand why it can be a therapeutic substance in the treatment of liver disorders; milk thistle is a free-radical scavenger,” Murray explained in Better Nutrition (1990).”It interferes in the production of leukotrienes and stimulates protein synthesis.”

“Silymarin appears to be capable of lessening alcohol-induced liver damage when taken prior to alcohol consumption and is used clinically in the treatment of alcohol-induced liver damage,” Rob McCaleb explained in a Better Nutrition for Today’s Living article from 1991.

“In placebo-controlled experiments, silymarin had been shown useful in treating alcohol- and drug-induced liver disease. A study by H. Feber, et al., in 1990, showed that six months of treatment significantly improved liver function in 36 patients with alcohol-induced liver disease.”

“Compounds in milk thistle interfere with enterohepatic circulation. Since toxins are continuously cycled “between the gastrointestinal tract and the liver, Mowrey goes on, toxicity produced through what is called a “continuous enterohepatic circuit” usually takes quite a while to develop.”

“When milk thistle compounds are administered, the enterohepatic circuit is interrupted. The primary absorption of toxins is now blocked, and their re-absorption is mostly prevented, as well.”

“Cells not yet poisoned are protected from damage from circulation toxins,” Herbal Tonic Therapies says.
“These damage-protected cells now “act as centers for the generation of new liver cells. With time, complete restoration of the liver is possible.”

Better Nutrition, Feb, 1996 by James J. Gormley,
American Institue for Biosocial Research. “Milk Thistle,” AIBR Scientific Reviews Number 18, 1987.
Colgan, Michael, Ph.D. “Milk Thistle: Unique Protection for the Liver,” Nutrition and Fitness 8 (3), 1989

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Seeking that Energy Boost


Feeling groggy today” is probably what more people would say if asked. Not too many of us will bound into the office with a leap and shout of delight that they’re energized to the max.

Even athletic people tend to rely on energy boosts: they too will push themselves hard, and they will try various products that give them the jolt they need to remain competive.

Stimulants are what most of us rely on to get through a day,  through a meeting, through the commute. A well-balanced, healthy diet will provide the natural vitamins and amino acids to give us a lift, but most of us scoot past that in favor of a quick bite here and there, while others of us will choose a heavy meal. And then we rely on a cup of coffee or an energy drink to shoot us past the nap gap.

Energy supplements are derived from the core energizers the body naturally gets from our food. Energy drinks usually amp us up with options like caffeine, b vitamins, taurine ~ evidence shows that mental clarity and focus are improved this way.

Green tea provides a good dose of caffeine as well as the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).

Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is not a caffeine derivative but many people enjoy its mildly stimulating effects.

There are many energy drinks on the market. Some rely on vitamins and caffeine, while others will pump you up with sugars.

Be sure to consult a doctor about your specific lifestyle and health conditions ~ discuss any exercise regimines you might plan to undertake. Make the time to get enough sleep. Eat as healthy a diet as you can, with inclusions of vegetables, fruits, whole grains.

And when it comes to energy supplements, don’t select the one with the fanciest label or t.v. commercial. Look for those that compliment and supplement a good diet, like Smoothie Essentials Energy Blend.

Up, Down or Straight Ahead?


In a review of 2009 and the beverage industry trends, Guy Montague-Jones reports that its the relaxation drinks that are spreading across shelves in several major economies. With 150 relaxation drink launches in 2009, compared with 93 in 2008, he states that drinks to enhance relaxation are not only needed in the USA but “other countries as well, “including the UK, Japan, and France.” On the other hand, Energy drinks being launched in the US “fell from 383 in 2008 to 137 last year.”

Not into the rollercoaster? Don’t care for Energies or Relaxers? Mellow out, stay on the steady pace with a diet that includes green tea. This clip recently posted by  Dr. Elizabeth Somer on ABC News advises: “Eat your way to happiness! Include the right foods like salmon, blueberries, green tea and dark chocolate into your diet and avoid eating fatty foods midday to stay on track. You will be happier and mentally sharp for years to come.”

Add it to your smoothie!