The Health Benefits of Revive Me
Dr. Traeger - February 14, 2020
All the main ingredients in Revive Me contain antioxidants – powerful weapons that our bodies use to protect against free radicals. What does this mean? Free radicals are tiny molecules that can damage our DNA and cause a variety of problems. It turns out, this damage has been linked to inflammation and a host of conditions including cancer and even Alzheimer’s. Antioxidants help keep harmful free radicals in check and are important for protecting against inflammation, a key factor in many chronic health conditions affecting people today.
In addition to being excellent sources of antioxidants, the key ingredients in Revive Me have been chosen for their unique health benefits. Let's briefly talk about some of the facts we know about each ingredient!
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin – meaning we require it to live and it cannot be made by the body. This means we have to get it from our diets! Remember those free radicals we talked about? Well, in addition to being a strong antioxidant, vitamin C is an extremely important part of our body’s immune system. For example, it helps us make white blood cells – think of these as the “police” in our bodies, working to protect our cells from “bad guys” such as the flu or even the coronavirus! The stronger our immune systems, the more prepared we are to fight an infection. In fact, some research even suggests that vitamin C can help improve the awful symptoms associated with the common cold such as runny nose and cough.
Zinc is a mineral (think back to chemistry and the periodic table) that is found in every cell in our body. Similar to vitamin C, it is a strong antioxidant and is essential for immune system health. It is best known for its ability to shorten the length of the common cold, making it one of the greatest natural defenses against viral illnesses!
Did you know that in addition to its unique taste, ginger has been used for thousands of years by many cultures for its health properties? Well, it turns out that whoever started using ginger medicinally was on to something! Ginger has now been widely studied and shown to treat nausea, reduce stomach pain, and help your body digest nutrients. In fact, it may even be able to protect against damage to our brains that occurs as we get older!
Known for giving food a vibrant yellow color, turmeric is one of the healthiest spices around. Even Lebron uses it! Like ginger, it has received interest from the scientific community for its potential health benefits as an anti-inflammatory agent. For example, it is currently being studied in a variety of diseases including arthritis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and even cancer. Turmeric is difficult to absorb. However, piperine, a natural component of black pepper, helps our body to absorb it and increases its effectiveness! Piperine was specifically added to Revive Me to maximize the health benefits of turmeric.
Ever heard of elderberry? Well if not, you’re not alone! It’s a tree with clusters of flowers and berries that has been used throughout history for its medicinal properties. Now becoming increasingly popular, it is known for having an abundance of vitamins and antioxidants and the potential to reduce the length and severity of flu symptoms.
Remember the last time you had something deliciously spicy at your favorite restaurant? Well, chances are it got its flavor from cayenne pepper. This pepper has been used by cultures for thousands of years to provide decedent flavor to brighten up food. However, the compound that make this pepper so delicious, known as capsaicin, actually has health benefits as well! Capsaicin has been shown to relieve pain, reduce hunger, break up mucus, and even boost the stomach’s ability to fight off infections.
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