This week I am going to tell you about some of the more unusual and less well-known ingredients in Beauty & Go drinks, focusing on one ingredient from each drink. We have included the best of Nature in every bottle; discover its most incredible benefits!
Skin Revive Drink
The flowers of the common shrub Hibiscus are rich in flavonoids and proanthocyanidins, which are powerful antioxidants with protective benefits for the beauty of the skin and your general health. Antioxidants fight damage caused by free radicals, which contribute to ageing of the skin and the body and also towards some disease processes. Hibiscus, in combination with patented MacroAntioxidants®, pomegranate, raspberry and resveratrol mean this drink provides powerful and long lasting antioxidant protection.
Hibiscus also has anti-inflammatory effects, which again make it beneficial to skin and the fight against ageing – as inflammation contributes to the ageing process. Studies show that the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of hibiscus are powerful enough to help to reduce slight pain, spasms and other symptoms of fever (1).
Hibiscus contains substances that stimulate specialised skin cells called keratinocytes (2). Keratinocytes help to form a protective barrier in the skin, protecting against environmental damage and may also promote healing of the skin.
Other health benefits of hibiscus include blood pressure lowering effects, (3) which may be as powerful as some blood pressure lowering medications (4,5). There is also some evidence from test tube experiments that hibiscus extract can lower cholesterol levels and reduce damage caused by UV light, although this has not been tested in the body (6,7).
In India, hibiscus tea has been used for centuries as a traditional remedy for Type 1 and 2 Diabetes and some preliminary research indicates that there may well the science to support it (8).
Skin Detox Drink
Nettle is a common plant well known for it’s mild stings when you touch the little hairs on its leaves. The root and leaves of the plant are used as a herbal remedy with various health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties. These are thought to be due to inhibition of the inflammatory chemical prostaglandins being formed in the body (9). Nettle leaf is also rich in flavonoids with possible antihistamine effects and may help relieve hay fever symptoms such as sneezing and itching (10)
Nettle has a diuretic effect, helping to flush out water from the body and reduce water retention. It helps keep your ‘water works’ healthy, protecting the bladder and helping to flush out bacteria and other toxins from the urinary tract. This helps reduce the chances of getting urinary tract infections (UTI’s). For men, nettle has been shown to have benefits for keeping the prostate healthy, helping to ease the symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate (11).
Skin Brilliance Drink
Rosehips are the fruits of the rose plant, left behind on the plant after it has flowered. As well as being taken internally for its health benefits, rosehip oil is used on the skin for improving complexion.
Rosehip is naturally very high in vitamin C, containing 50% more than oranges. This makes it excellent for supporting collagen production in the skin, which helps to keep the skin supple, elastic and radiant. Rosehip also contains other nutrients beneficial for the skin including vitamin E, vitamin A and selenium.
Rosehip is a good source of bioflavonoids, natural plant substances with strong antioxidant powers. Again, this helps to protect the skin from ageing and damage and has benefits for general health.
Other health benefits of rosehips include contributing to the natural defences of the body by supporting the immune system. It has also been shown to benefit joint health and mobility and to reduce pain and stiffness in arthritis sufferers (12).
Skin Vitality Drink
Baobab is a superfood, which comes from the fruit of the African baobab tree. Its flavour is described as citrus with a hint of pear and it is used by the Africans both as a food and a traditional remedy for diarrhoea and coughs.
Baobab is one of the richest known sources of vitamin C, containing six times more than oranges, making it great for supporting healthy collagen formation in the skin. It also has exceptionally high levels of antioxidants (66 times higher than orange pulp according to an Italian study (13)), to help protect the skin and body from environmental damage, disease and ageing. Other nutrients include vitamins B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin) and fibre.
Its high vitamin C content makes baobab great for supporting the immune system. In addition to this it contains bioactive compounds with antiviral effects, which help neutralise both flu and cold sore viruses (14). Taken in concentrated form baobab may even help relieve minor pain.
Baobab has a prebiotic effect in the body, which means it stimulates the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut and aids a healthy digestive system. This has many benefits to health including supporting the immune system. To read more about the benefits of prebiotics please click here.
Research has found that drinks containing baobab can help balance blood sugar and insulin levels, which is great for having good energy levels (15). Baobab drinks are also extremely effective at hydrating the body – as effective as rehydration salts – so make a great post- exercise drink.
2. Brunold C, Deters A, Knoepfel-Sidler F, et al. Polysaccharides from Hibiscus sabdariffa flowers stimulate proliferation and differentiation of human keratinocytes. Planta Med 2004;70:370-3.
3. McKay DL, Chen CY, Saltzman E, Blumberg JB. Hibiscus sabdariffa L. tea (tisane) lowers blood pressure in prehypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults. J Nutr 2010;140:298-303.
4. Haji Faraji M, Haji Tarkhani AH. The effect of sour tea (Hibiscus sabdariffa) on essential hypertension. J Ethnopharmacol 1999;65:231-6.
5. Herrera-Arellano A, Flores-Romero S, Chavez-Soto MA, Tortoriello J. Effectiveness and tolerability of a standardized extract from Hibiscus sabdariffa in patients with mild to moderate hypertension: a controlled and randomized clinical trial. Phytomedicine 2004;11(5):375-82.
6. Zheng MS. An experimental study of the anti-HSV-II action of 500 herbal drugs. J Tradit Chin Med 1989;9:113-6.
7. El-Saadany SS, Sitohy MZ, Labib SM, el-Massry RA. Biochemical dynamics and hypocholesterolemic action of Hibiscus sabdariffa (Karkade). Nahrung 1991;35:567-76.
8. Alam MM, Siddiqui MB, Hussain W. Treatment of diabetes through herbal drugs in rural India. Fitoterapia 1990;61:240-2.
9. Obertreis B, Giller K, Teucher T, et al. Antiphlogistic effects of Urtica dioica folia extract in comparison to caffeic malic acid. Arzneimittelforschung 1996;46:52-6.
10. Mittman P. Randomized double-blind study of freeze-dried Urtica diocia in the treatment of allergic rhinitis. Planta Med 1990;56:44-7.
11. Safarinejad MR. Urtica dioica for treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia: a prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study. J Herb Pharmacother 2005;5:1-11.
12. Ginnerup-Nielsen E1, Christensen R1, Bliddal H1, Zangger G1, Hansen L1, Henriksen M2. Improved gait in persons with knee related mobility limitations by a rosehip food supplement: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Gait Posture. 2015 Jul 19.
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14. Hudson JB, Anani K, Lee MK, de Souza C, Arnason JT, Gbeassor M. Further investigations on the antiviral activities of medicinal plants of Togo. Pharm Biol. 2000;38(1):46-50.
15. Coe SA1, Clegg M, Armengol M, Ryan L. The polyphenol-rich baobab fruit (Adansonia digitata L.) reduces starch digestion and glycemic response in humans. Nutr Res. 2013 Nov;33(11):888-96.