Question: The “Resurrect® Daily Detox and Recovery Elixir” – Is it really as healthy as it claims to be? ~ M.N., South Lake Tahoe, CA

Answer: The makers of this beverage, Healthy Innovations, Inc., originally introduced it as an anti-hangover product. Resurrect has now been rebranded as a “daily detox and recovery drink”. They assert their beverage:

“…is a healthy tropical citrus daily recovery beverage that detoxifies the liver and body from daily pollutants. Formulated with 22 Vitamins, Herbs, Electrolytes and Anti-Oxidants, resurrect eliminates the toxic effects of the hangover while enhancing vitality and stimulating the body’s metabolism. Resurrect also helps to, aid in digestion, stimulate the re-generation of the liver, normalize gall bladder and liver function, neutralize intestinal toxins and maintain a healthy nervous system.”

Ingredients: Carbonated water, citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, sodium citrate, caramel color, sucralose, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate

Nutrition Facts: 5 calories; 0 g Sugar;  2 g carbohydrates; 30 mg caffeine per 12 oz can; 100% DV vitamin C

This beverage is basically a glorified soda containing artificial sugar (sucralose) and flavors.  What is most concerning is the fact that it contains sodium benzoate and vitamin C. See How to Prevent Cancer and Aging (Sodium Benzoate).

Sodium benzoate is a chemical preservative and there have been concerns by the FDA that when both vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and sodium benzoate are mixed, they form benzene, a known human carcinogen.

Shelf life and exposure to high temperature or light affect the rate that benzene is formed.

Benzoates have also been linked to cell damage. In research studies at the University of Sheffield, this preservative caused an increased production of oxygen radicals, or “free radicals”, which several studies have linked to serious diseases and to the general aging process.

Green tea is a more potent antioxidant than black tea
Green tea is a more potent antioxidant than black tea

Karen’s Fit Tip: Steer clear of this beverage and consider a refreshing glass of water with a squeeze of fresh lemon.

Also, try quenching your craving for a flavored drink by brewing your own iced or hot teas, such as one of the many varieties of green or black teas rich in polyphenols.

By doing so, you’ll be fueling your body with antioxidant-rich fluids while avoiding synthetic chemicals with known and unknown health effects.

Karen Owoc

Karen Owoc is a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist specializing in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and lifestyle medicine. Her science-based approach to longevity, nutrition, and muscle health has made her the go-to source for health seekers and medical professionals alike. Karen's best-selling book on functional longevity, "Athletes in Aprons: The Nutrition Playbook to Break 100", and her transformative perspective have mended many minds, hearts, and spirits.

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