Q: The “Resurrect Daily Detox and Health Beverage” – Is it really as healthy as it claims to be? ~ M.N., South Lake Tahoe, CA

Resurrect ElixirA: The makers of this beverage, Healthy Innovations, Inc., assert their:

“…elixir is becoming a part of the daily diet for the health conscious individual.  Formulated with 22 vitamins, aminos, electrolytes, and herbs, our unique blend of ingredients help to detoxify your body and energize your soul.”

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 – 60 mg 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.  Refer to post How to Prevent Cancer and Aging (Sodium Benzoate) for more details.

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.

xo

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