drinkwel is specially formulated for people who responsibly consume alcohol. Alcohol’s empty calories (with their zero nutritional value) replace other nutrients in the diet, which depletes the body’s existing vitamins and slows absorption and retention of new nutrients. People who drink regularly are more prone to certain vitamin deficiencies and need replenishment.
Biotin is a key-supporting vitamin needed for the proper function of other B Vitamins. It helps the body function properly by converting carbohydrates, fats and proteins into energy, and creating critical enzymes. People who consume large amounts of alcohol are known to have reduced levels of biotin in their livers.
d-Alpha Tocopherol is the most active form of Vitamin E, and one of the most powerful biologically active antioxidants. It is considered to have the highest biological activity of the 8 different forms of Vitamin E because it is continually being recycled by the liver. Specifically, it supports the body against lipid per-oxidation and polyunsaturated fat.
Folate is essential for accurate cell division because it helps build DNA. Alcohol not only interferes with Folate absorption but also the storage and release of Folate by the liver. Folate deficiency increases the risk of breast, colon, and other cancers by altering the cells lining the small intestine, which in turn impairs absorption of water and nutrients. Folate is also necessary to break down homocysteine, an Amino Acid associated with increased risk of heart disease.
Niacin not only helps provide the body with energy, it is also essential for the maintenance of healthy skin, nerves and the gastrointestinal tract. It acts as a detoxifier in oxidation-reduction reactions throughout the body; and has been shown to improve mental alertness due to its ability to enhance microcirculation. In studies, It has been shown to effectively lower blood levels of the “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, while increase blood levels of the “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.
Pantothenic Acid not only helps convert food to energy, but also helps the body produce red blood cells and hormones. It is considered a “Stress Vitamin” because it appears to affect all organs’ ability to handle stressors, both emotional and physical. It has even been seen to improve the lipid profile in the liver. Specifically, a Pantothenic Acid derivative was the most effective in a study for reduction of free cholesterol.
Riboflavin acts as a coenzyme in energy production by metabolizing carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It also acts as a coenzyme for oxidation-reduction reactions, and helps maintain the skin and mucous membranes as well as the nervous system. Riboflavin deficiency can cause inflammation and sensitivity to light.
Thiamine is an essential coenzyme in energy production, and is required for proper nervous system function. Alcohol interferes with the absorption of Thiamine through the intestines, potentially causing deficiency. This can lead to potential health problems such as gastrointestinal, nervous system and cardiovascular disturbances.
Vitamin B6 is involved in more bodily functions than almost any other nutrient, working with over 60 enzymes to promote both physical and mental health. It not only helps to metabolize proteins and amino acids, but also helps produce red blood cells and synthesize neurotransmitters. In addition, Vitamin B6 supports the body against disease. A lack of Vitamin B6 can result in plaque buildup in blood vessels and even slow down the immune system.
Vitamin B12 must be present for new cells to form, yet only microorganisms and bacteria can make it – we cannot. It is needed to process carbohydrates, fats and proteins and to maintain healthy nerve cells. Moderate alcohol consumption reduces Vitamin B12 absorption, potentially resulting in deficiency. Such a deficiency can negatively affect the body’s bone marrow, nervous system and digestive tract.
Vitamin C is one of the five most important antioxidants, and is critical for maintaining general well-being. It helps maintain the body’s connective tissue and metabolizes certain Amino Acids. It protects Vitamin A, Vitamin E and essential fatty acids from oxidation. Alcohol blocks Vitamin C absorption, which can lead to anemia and reduce resistance to disease. Since alcohol depresses the immune system, Vitamin C can even help fight the common cold.
drinkwel’s specialty formula helps maintain your body’s mineral balance. Keeping minerals in balance in every tissue, cell and organ in the human body is critical to maintaining overall health. Minerals effect every cell in your body – they regulate your metabolism, help your body maintain a normal acid-base important minerals, including Magnesium, Zinc, and Selenium.
Chromium is a mineral that helps produce many enzymes the body depends on. Chromium dependent enzymes help metabolize the body’s natural sugar – glucose. Once alcohol is consumed, it quickly converts to glucose. The nausea from a hangover can be compared to overdosing on sugar due to a lack of Chromium and the resulting inability to process this glucose. Chromium is slow to absorb and accumulate, so extended use is required.
Copper is an essential trace mineral present in all the body’s tissues, though most of it is stored in the liver. It is found in a variety of enzymes and is an important catalyst in the formation of the oxygen-carrying molecule hemoglobin. Copper is necessary for energy metabolism, cellular respiration and myelin formation. Low Copper intake can increase the risk of heart disease, weaken the immune system and even accelerate the aging process.
Magnesium is an essential mineral needed by every cell in the body; it participates in more than 300 biochemical reactions. Magnesium is an important constituent of bones and teeth. It also assists enzymes involved in energy production and protein digestion, and plays a role in nerve transmission. Drinking alcohol can quickly result in a loss of Magnesium from vital organs such as the liver and the brain. Symptoms of deficiency include muscle spasms and central nervous system abnormalities.
Manganese is an essential trace mineral found in all forms of life. It activates essential enzymes necessary for the proper functioning of several nutrients; including Biotin, Vitamin C and Thiamine. Importantly, Manganese is a constituent of certain metalloenzymes that act as antioxidants and enable proper liver function. In addition, Manganese is important in the formation of bone and is a catalyst in the synthesis of fatty acids and cholesterol.
Selenium is an essential trace mineral that interacts with Vitamin E to protect cells against oxidation by toxic chemicals. It is needed for proper immune system function and the production of substances that affect blood pressure and inflammation. Low blood Selenium levels have been associated with abnormal liver structure and function, and can even lead to premature aging.
Zinc is an essential trace mineral that helps maintain healthy skin and bones; it is needed by hundreds of enzymes to trigger important reactions in the body. In addition to boosting a metal detoxifying compound called metallothionein, Zinc has been found to enhance antioxidant activity in the liver. It is known to reduce alcohol-induced liver damage, partly by promoting the enzyme that removes alcohol.
drinkwel includes important Amino Acids that help the body process toxins. Amino Acids play a central role in the body’s biochemistry – they help build cells and repair tissue, carry oxygen throughout the body, and form antibodies to combat invading bacteria & viruses. Your body needs Amino Acids to function normally, but drinking may cause a drain on the body’s fund of free form Amino Acids.
Theanine is a unique and naturally occurring amino acid found almost exclusively in Green Tea. Theanine has been found to accelerate the breakdown of alcohol-induced toxins. Theanine counters the alcohol-induced loss of glutathione, an all purpose antioxidant and detoxifier produced in the liver. It also provides a calming effect on the nervous system.
Taurine is an antioxidant found in almost all body tissue, including vital organs such as the heart and the brain. Taurine has been found to be effective against a wide range of conditions. For example, it helps support against liver damage by helping liver cells work more effectively. Taurine may be useful against hangovers because it not only helps reduce alcohol-induced toxins but also potentially reduces the alcohol-induced loss of micro-nutrients such as Chromium, Manganese and Selenium.
NAC helps synthesize glutathione, an all purpose antioxidant and detoxifier produced in the liver. NAC supports the liver from the adverse effects of several toxic chemicals. For example, NAC is known to help eliminate acetaldehyde, a compound converted from alcohol that is 10 to 30 times more toxic than alcohol itself. Studies suggest NAC, taken with Vitamin C and Thiamine, can be used to prevent and relieve hangover symptoms.
Research has shown Lipoic Acid (LA) to be protective of liver function and helps to improve blood circulation within the liver. LA has powerful anti-oxidant properties and prevents oxidation of both vitamin E and vitamin C. It aids in the production of glutathione which is one of the compounds critical in the phase II of the detoxification process in the liver so crucial with regard to processing and elimination of the by products of alcohol metabolism.
LA was shown to be hepatoprotective, to improve liver circulation and treat chronic liver diseases, including jaundice hepatitis, cirrhosis, and hepatic coma, to treat diabetes, and diabetic neuropathy to alter carbohydrate metabolism, atherosclerosis, coronary atherosclerosis and many other diseases. One of the most studied clinical uses of LA is the treatment of diabetes and diabetic neuropathy LA has also been used experimentally and/or clinically to prevent organ dysfunction, reduce endothelial dysfunction and improve albuminuria, and to treat or prevent cardiovascular disease. LA is a “small” supplement with very big potential.
drinkwel includes a combination of fruits and botanicals that may support healthy liver function and anti-oxidation.
The Acai Berry has been renowned for centuries in the Amazon rainforest, often referred to as “Nature’s perfect food”. It promotes cell regeneration, has anti-inflammatory properties and contains antioxidants to fight free-radicals. Not only does the Acai Berry contain more antioxidants than blueberries it also contains vitamins, minerals and omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids. Amazingly, the Acai Berry also contains the same heart healthy compounds found in red wine – anthocyanins. These nutrients can help slow the aging process and support a stronger immune system and improved mental function.
Goji berries are an antioxidant-rich superfruit, revered in Asia since the 1st century B.C. for their youth-preserving, protective and mood-elevating properties. They contain an abundance of health-promoting constituents including: 18 amino acids, 6 essential fatty acids, Vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, E and more Beta Carotene than carrots. Goji Berries also contains essential trace minerals, including Selenium and Zinc. Evidence indicates Goji berries likely support the nervous system (including the brain) from damage due to stress, temperature variations and free-radicals.
Green Tea reportedly contains the highest concentration of powerful polyphenol antioxidants. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, practitioners used green tea to improve heart health and mental processes. Green Tea also supports the liver against the damaging effects of toxic substances such as alcohol. Interestingly, cancer rates tend to be low in countries such as Japan, where people regularly consume Green Tea.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine Kudzu Flower has a dispersing effect on alcohol toxicity in the body. It cools and nourishes while eliminating the residual effects of alcohol. Even after the intoxication period, there is latent heat. Kudzu Flower is able to enter the Spleen and Stomach, giving it the potential ability to help a hangover.
Betaine is essential to proper liver function, cellular replication and detoxification reactions. It has been shown to combat fat accumulation in the liver that can lead to alcohol-induced fatty liver disease. As a result of this fat removing ability, it is often referred to as a lipotropic factor. Betaine should generally be taken in conjunction with Folic Acid, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12.
Traditionally turmeric (curcumin) has been used as a treatment for many liver disorders and in vitro studies have shown it to reduce hepatic damage. It helps improve liver function through its antioxidant properties and prevents oxidation of essential fatty acids, thereby preserving their active metabolic status. Curcumin enhances the activities of the antioxidant enzymes enhancing the detoxifying process by the liver. Other research has shown that the essential oils present in turmeric increased bile secretion (vital in fat digestion and absorption) and help to reduce the incidence of gallstone formation as well as excretion of bile salts and cholesterol.
The active ingredients in grape seed extract are called oligomeric procyanidolic complexes (OPC’s). The antioxidant effect of these compounds are 50 times stronger than Vitamin E and twenty times stronger than vitamin C. Grape seed extract is anti-allergenic, anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. One of the main anti-oxidant components is resveratrol. In clinical trials this has been shown to induce apoptosis and interfere with cancer cell growth and proliferation. GSE provides cardiovascular protection by preventing the oxidation of LDL (lipoproteins) which then inhibits them from sticking to the walls of the blood vessels. It also makes the linings of the arteries more resistant to damage and prevents excessive clotting.
Clinical trials have shown that Bacopa can decrease anxiety and improve mental performance and memory. This result was accompanied by a reduction in mental fatigue and a general feeling of well-being. An Australian clinical trial examined the long-term effects of a Bacopa extract on cognitive function on 46 healthy human volunteers. Neuropsychological testing was conducted before the treatment and at 5 and 12 weeks after treatment. After 12 weeks, the largest cognitive change from Bacopa treatment was a time reduction for the inspection time (IT) test. IT is regarded as a measure of the integrity of the early stages of information processing and may act as
a rate-limiting factor for cognition. This finding indicates that Bacopa significantly improved the speed of visual information processing. Verbal learning rate and memory consolidation as assessed by the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test were also somewhat improved on the Becopa supplementation after 12 weeks. The most striking effect in all the volunteers taking the Bacopa extracts was the reduction in anxiety.